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DANGER OF A PREMATURE BIRTH ON ROE DECISION

May 3rd, 2022

Since last night's news has been running like wildfire about the “leak” of a draft of a decision by the Supreme Court that allegedly overturns the infamous 1973 abortion decision Roe v. Wade and its 1992 companion decision Planned Parenthood v Casey. Here at Catholic Action, our attitude toward this leak is a simple one: realistic hope with extreme caution.

There are a number of things to consider about the leak itself. 

First, in a highly polarized political environment where information is used to punish and malign people’s reputations, we’ve grown used to leaks of sensitive and classified information. This doesn’t make them right. The person who leaked this information is guilty of a serious violation of public trust and possibly a criminal act. A writer at Breitbart News called this “one of the greatest scandals to ever hit the nation’s highest court,” and he is right. I for one am tired of our government being run by people who lack any shred of integrity or concern for the common good. 

Second, leaks are routinely used by the radical left to shape public opinion, to intimidate, or to create expectations that further their agendas. We can never trust information that is leaked like this because it is partial and likely jaded by politics. In this case, it seems clear that the leak is an effort to intimidate the Justices in favor of overturning Roe with the prospect of a public backlash. While the leaked document may turn out to be a faithful snapshot of the real decision, we must reserve judgment until the truth of the matter is revealed. Leaks are not the whole truth, and are often despicable manipulations. 

Third, for those who are rejoicing at the prospect of ending Roe, we have to caution that it is way too early to presume the matter is concluded or even settled. Supreme Court opinions circulate among the members in drafts and in a long consultative process before they are issued as final judgments. Draft opinions are sometimes the subject of intense negotiations up to the very day they are issued with members withholding their votes until the final hour. Only the final decision matters.

Chief Justice John Robert’s last-minute manipulation of the Obamacare decision was just the most obvious example of how flimsy the decisions, and the Justices, can be until the very end. Essentially, it isn’t over ‘til it’s over. 

So we need to continue to storm heaven with prayers for this intention!

While the high court supposedly has a majority who are sympathetic to overturning Roe – a decision that has caused the deaths of more than 60 million unborn innocents – its reversal is not guaranteed, and we should be extremely cautious of a premature birth of enthusiasm before the decision is officially released at the end of the Court’s session (likely sometime in June.)

More realistically, we watch, we wait in hope…and we pray.

 

THE END OF ROE IS ACTUALLY JUST THE BEGINNING

January 27th, 2022

Anyone who has ever been to the March for Life in Washington DC knows that it is like a yearly booster shot for the pro-life movement. Such enthusiasm! So many pro-life young people! One cannot help but be inspired by the massive rally in defense of the sanctity of human life. The pro-life movement is truly America’s conscience. 

The 2022 March for Life in DC last week highlighted the important development which was the subject of two Catholic Action Prayer Alerts in early December. Namely, the Supreme Court is reviewing a Mississippi abortion ban that could result in the Court’s overturning the dreadful Roe v. Wade decision that sealed the death warrants of 60 million unborn children since 1973. 

In other words, 2022 may be the year where this national disgrace will be undone. In fact, because of the way the Court works (with a several-month delay between the Justices’ vote and the public announcement), the decision has likely already been made. We must pray that the 2022 review will definitively end the national permission granted to legalized abortion 49 years ago.

However, even if Roe is relegated to the ash heap of history, our work is far from over!

At a Pro-Life Summit meeting that took place on the day after the March, former VP Mike Pence stressed the consequences of resting on our laurels if Roe is overturned. We should not celebrate prematurely. 

Without Roe, the fight to defend the sanctity of all human life will actually be ramping up! When the authority to regulate abortion reverts to the states, we will have fifty battlegrounds on which to fight after that. 

As you know, Catholic Action is not planning on sitting out this battle either. As our name says, we are made for action, but more importantly, we are made for prayer! We’ll keep you posted on the action part as things develop, but in every way we will continue to advocate the power of prayer to vanquish this great evil. 

A spiritual evil must be met with a spiritual force of good. Human efforts are important, an in fact, indispensable, but they are not enough on their own to fight spiritual forces. We must call down the divine power of God to root out the unclean spirits behind the sin of abortion and all other attacks against innocent human life, marriage, and the family. We are all painfully aware that these sins are rampant in our culture. 

Prayer is the answer. 

I have no doubt that 49 years of the humble prayers of our country’s Christian faithful have gotten us to the point of envisioning a post-Roe America. That didn’t seem possible even a few years ago, but “For God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26)

As we go forward, we can’t afford to take our eyes off the prize of an abortion-free America, and for that, we must redouble our efforts and triple our prayer.

St. John Vianney said that God controls the world, but prayer controls God. Let that be our motto in the fight to come. 

 

URGENT PRAYER ALERT: SCOTUS DELIBERATING TODAY/VOTING TOMORROW

December 2nd, 2021

I’m calling on you today with an extremely urgent prayer intention.

As you know, yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning abortion. Tomorrow they take their preliminary vote whether or not to undo the heinous Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.

We mentioned in our release yesterday that the Justices will make their ruling public at the end of their summer session (next June or July). However, the decision is actually made in a closed-door session of the nine Justices that will take place tomorrow, Friday the 3rd of December. 

In other words, we stand at the very threshold of the possible undoing of a fifty year crime.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Justices this year, the sovereignty of the people in all fifty states over such a critical issue will be returned and the fight for life will be placed back in the hands of the electorate once again. 

And we will fight like warriors of Christ when the legal and cultural battlefield is once again open for the fray.

But right now, we must pray. Prayer is the greatest spiritual weapon at our disposal, and everyone is capable of taking up that weapon for the cause of Justice. 

Since tomorrow’s day of decision is a First Friday of the month – a day traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – we are urging all our prayer warriors to place their greatest hope and confidence in the Lord’s Sacred Heart, the Heart that was pierced by a lance on Calvary for our redemption. 

Today and tomorrow, let us all join in praying the following intentions in union with the Christian Church; we pray:

  1. That the infinite spiritual power of the Precious Blood which flowed from the Heart of Christ will now redeem our country from the genocide of unborn children that was unleashed by Roe;
  2. That the nine Justices of the high court will use their God-given power to restore legal protection to the most vulnerable citizens of our land;
  3. That the people and culture of our nation, so corrupted by a half-century of blood sacrifice, will have a true conversion of heart and make abortion not only illegal in all fifty states but more importantly, unthinkable in the hearts of men and women to whom have been entrusted the great gift of life.

Since we won’t know the results of the decision for many months, we must offer these petitions to God as a pure act of faith. 

Yet, we know from the Gospel that the purity of faith is what Jesus honors most, as He said to the doubting Thomas: “Blessed are those who do not see and yet still believe” (John 20: 29).

We believe! We pray! We will fight to the end for God’s precious children! Join me in reciting this prayer continuously and please share with others: 

Oh Jesus, filled with so much love and compassion for all your children, born and unborn, we ask you to place in Your Sacred Heart, the United States Supreme Court Justices, as they make their choice for a preliminary vote on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health. May they receive the graces of wisdom, knowledge and truth, and may their hearts overflow with love for all of mankind, especially those in their mother’s womb. We beg mercy upon our land for all the abortions that have taken place since Roe vs. Wade was imposed upon us. Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, have mercy of us! We repent of the grievous sin of abortion and all its consequences. Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, we give You all who are involved in this preliminary vote, as well as those who are fighting for the unborn, safeguard them from all evil. Bring us to an even greater trust of You, as we prayerfully await the outcome of this case and an end to abortion. AMEN.

 

WILL THE SUPREME COURT “TRUST SCIENCE” NOW?

December 1st, 2021

It goes without saying that we at Catholic Action for Faith & Family are unconditionally pro-life, believing as the Church does in the sacredness of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. 

There is no other coherent position by which we are to be saved from the culture of death, and any other logic compromises of the ancient teaching of our Faith that has been handed down to us from Christ through the apostles. The Catholic Church has been and remains the bulwark against all enemies of life. 

Yet, forty-eight years ago an arrogant US Supreme Court chose to ignore centuries of both common sense and scientific understanding about the value of life and sold the unborn child’s birthright for a bowl of pottage. 

The 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade was a watershed of legal malfeasance that literally shattered the dam of protection for innocent unborn children in our country. Thus was unleashed the greatest genocide in history at the hands of the modern abortion industry.

After that, every single unborn child in America became legally abortable during all nine months of pregnancy and remains so to this day. It is a myth that Roe’s “trimester” system placed some kind of limit on the practice of abortion. Its companion decision, Doe v., Bolton, issued the very next day, made those false trimester distinctions meaningless by declaring every social and psychological reason for abortion a “medical” necessity.

The reason we bring these basic truths to the fore at this time is the Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments regarding the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. This case is based on the State of Mississippi’s statute banning all abortions after 15 weeks. 

(The oral arguments are being heard in Washington today, but the Supreme Court will not rule on this case until the end of its summer term, which will probably be in late June or July of next year.)

It’s not that this legislation is perfect. It isn’t by a long shot. We must roundly condemn the practice of even one abortion at any time, and this law leaves abortion intact up to 15 weeks.

Rather, the value of this particular case is that it requires a re-evaluation of the evidence and reasoning upon which Roe was decided forty-eight years ago. The Justices (particularly Harry Blackmun who wrote the decision) ignored the clear scientific evidence for the humanity of the unborn child that was available at that time.

But today it is no longer possible to ignore the scientific arguments for human life, such as the reality of human DNA or the separateness of the newly-formed life from the life of the mother, etc. The defense of human life is so perfectly “established science” now, that the abortion industry must continue to ignore the scientific evidence in order to continue the killing. 

Up to now, their standard canards have been that the unborn child is “just a blob of tissue” or “not human." Of course there is always the emotive hammer placed in women’s hands by radical feminism: “My body, my choice.” 

Yet, science proves that the unborn child is definitively human. It is not a blob of tissue, and it most certainly is not the body of the mother. These are scientific facts, not conspiracy theories.

Once these masks have been torn off, any new reasons the defenders of abortion bring to the debate now ring more diabolical than ever and amount to the idea that “Yeah, it’s human, but it really doesn’t matter. I don’t want it.” In short, it’s all about power, never about respect for our most vulnerable citizens in the womb.

Isn’t this strange: in the middle of a pandemic we have been told ad nauseam that we must “trust science” and more importantly, that we must obediently “follow the science.” The authority of science is supposed to be supreme. 

Today’s Supreme Court is made up of five Catholic Justices out of a total of nine. One wonders whether these Justices will act on the clear convictions of their faith, but, ironically, that is not the central issue at stake here. 

But the real question is not a religious one. The real question is whether the Supreme Court will “trust science”. 

Dear Friends, we will keep you updated on this issue as the debate continues. But always remember that prayer is the most potent force at our disposal. We must continue to storm heaven with our prayers, not only for the nine Justices on our Supreme Court, but for JUSTICE itself to prevail in overturning the 48-year-old decision that legalized genocide on a massive scale.


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