Priests for Life Preach the Truth
By Michael J. Gaynor
We live in times when pro-abortionists and homosexual activists cleverly claim that abortion and "gay marriage" are "rights" instead of wrongs and "anti-choice" and "homophobia" are the true evils.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
Father Walter J. Quinn, OSA preached at all of the Masses at St. Francis Church in Greenlawn, New York on the weekend of February 12-13, 2005.
I heard Father Quinn speak at the noon Mass on Sunday.
And Father Quinn included that timely verse from the Book of Isaiah in his sensational sermon.
Father Quinn is one of a handful of priests of the Priests for Life staff spreading the Gospel of Life.
Priests for Life is an approved, national Catholic pro-life organization.
Its website is www.priestsforlife.org.
In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke said that as Catholics continue to speak out on life and family issues they will face persecution.
"There is going to be a persecution with regard to this, that's clear," Archbishop Bishop said.
Father Quinn is not one to be cowed by persecutors.
When Father Quinn delivers a homily, he seeks to illuminate and to inspire, not to pretend that all is well when it is not and to avoid upsetting potential donors.
Father Quinn got people's attention.
The pity was that his audience was not larger.
About three quarters of Catholics don't attend Mass regularly.
Father Quinn should speak on Chirstmas Eve, Christmas and Easter, when lax Cathoilics join the regular churchgoers to pack the churches.
Unfortunately, homilies designed not to offend are the order of those days.
Because gentle enticing and fundraising are given a higher priority than frankly telling sinners that they are sinners for whom Christ died and sinful behavior is not transformable into acceptable conduct by the will of any person or even the unamimous wish of all people.
Father Quinn repeatedly called attention to facts that many people don't know, don't appreciate and/or don't think about, because they are unpleasant and the major media choose to direct attention elsewhere.
Like the fact that a turtle egg has more legal rights than an unborn baby.
It's illegal under the Endangered Species Act to destroy a turtle's eggs, but aborting an unborn baby is legal.
Like the fact that the number of unborn babies aborted in the United States each year greatly exceeds the number of Americans killed in combat since the Revolutionary War.
There have been about 45,000,000 abortions in the United States since the hapless United States Supreme Court said that the government was helpless to protect the unborn.
The number of unborn babies killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided is more than seven times the number of Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust.
Some six million Jews were killed for being Jews in the Holocaust.
Father Quinn let his listeners know in the clearest possible terms that the abortion issue dwarfs other issues for faithful Catholics deciding for whom to vote.
It's a pity that his homily was not delivered at every Mass on the weekend before Election Day.
But, don't blame Priests for Life for that omission.
Priests for Life bravely spread the Word and continues to do so.
Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life's National Director, included this word of thanks for election activities in the January-February 2005 issue of Priests for Life:
"Brothers and sisters,
"Many of you have written to thank us for what we did for the Elections of 2004. But we want to thank you! You truly proved what happens when the Body of Christ, across denominational lines, bears witness to the Gospel of Life in the voting booth! Thank you for the voter registration drives you conducted, the phone calls you made, the emails and letters you sent, the homilies you preached, the literature you distributed, and countless other activities. I would be delighted if you would take a moment to drop me a note and tell me about your activities and experiences with this past election! And please prepare now for the Elections of 2006, which provide us another opportunity to shape the US Senate into a body which will advance protection for the unborn rather than obstruct it."
And Father Quinn actually pointed out that only people in "full communion" with the Church are entitled to receive Holy Communion and Canon Law ...
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