Nov 14, 2007

Archbishop Kurtz joins Rosary vigil outside abortion business

God bless and reward Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville! Last Saturday he knelt in prayer on the sidewalk for 1-1/2 hours in chilly weather outside an abortion business, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal (click on this post's title; thanks to the online NOR Daily Feed for the tip and the link).

The Rosary vigil is there every Saturday. Two priests and perhaps 250 lay people were there this past Saturday. One of the priests was Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life.

Sure wish a certain Cardinal and certain bishops here in Southern California would start following Archbishop Kurtz's example. There is a CRYING need; think of the little babies and their misguided, misled, abandoned and exploited moms.

Have you asked your Cardinal or your bishop to pray outside an abortion mill? Have you asked your pastor or any other priest? Did they do it? Did they decline? What did they say?


Blogger I dare you to deny me communion because I kneel said...

The priests that I have asked to pray in front of abortion clinic have been glad to join us. Although I do believe that the owners of the Rog Mahal and the soon to be biult Tod Mahal should follow the example of this Archbishop, but we all know the chances of that happening zero.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

May God bless Archbishop Kurtz for leading by example.

Along these lines, I heard an interesting tidbit from Raymond Arroyo during EWTN's coverage. He was breaking down some budgetary items and noted that the conference spends twice as much ($4m) on "peace & justice" activities than on "pro-life" activities ($2m). It seems the "seamless garment" argument is still king at the USCCB.

I wonder what a comparison of those two numbers would be on a diocese-by-diocese basis?

Paul in Long Beach

10:52 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul in Long Beach,

Thank you for this interesting and telling piece of information.

Doesn't look as if our U.S. bishops will soon make it their priority to save the lives of a million preborn babies a year.

Looks like not offending the pro-abortion politicians who vote to keep funding Catholic Charities USA with billion$ per year is more important to our US bishops than are God's little babies.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Mary Margaret said...

I live in Wichita, KS, and our Bishop,(Michael Jackels) has prayed the rosary in front of Dr George Tiller's (aka, Tiller, the baby killer) clinic. May God Bless him!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Mary Margaret,

Thanks very much for relaying the good news that your bishop has led the Rosary in front of the office of Tiller, who aborts many late-term babies.

Any time you have any updates on your bishop -- or Catholic pastors, priests, deacons, brothers, sisters, seminarians or lay people praying and picketing outside Tiller's abortion aite, please let me amd our readers know, if you get the chance. Thanks in advance!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Mary Margaret said...

Well, quintero, since you would like to know, the Diocese of Wichita has a first Saturday rosary in front of Dr Tiller's abortion clinic scheduled through Dec 2008. Parishes are assigned dates, and there is always at least one pastor present to lead the rosary (and I think all of the pastors of the assigned parishes are generally present). I have no idea of how to post a link, but copy and past the following URL, then scroll down to the First Saturday Rosary Schedule at Tiller's Abortion Clinic. Click on that link to see the schedule. I think this is something that any diocese that is home to an abortion clinic should be doing.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Mary Margaret,

Wow, thank you for the info and for the link!

Thanks to you supplying this info, I'm going to devote a blog post telling what Wichita does and pointing out that EVERY diocese (your Eminence, your Excellencies and reverend pastors and clergy, that includes Los Angeles) can and should be doing the same things.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Mary Margaret said...

You are quite welcome, quintero. I am quite proud of Bishop Jackels, and all our priests and laity in Wichita. I would also point out that we have other fine bishops in Kansas, particularly Archbishop Naumann. I have also heard good things of our Salina Bishop, Bishop Coakley. Oh, and other areas of the country are lucky enough to have Kansas-grown Bishops--Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix. I know it sounds like bragging, but I like to point out that there is more to Kansas than George Tiller and Fred Phelps!

I will look forward to reading your post about the Wichita diocese. I hope it makes a difference in your diocese.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Mary Margaret,

Thanks very much for letting me and our readers know about all the bishops in Kansas and from there.

Kansas, as you no doubt know, has the tremendous distinction of being the home state of Father Emil Kapaun, the heroic, beloved Army chaplain who during the Korean War died as a prisoner of the Reds, Christ-like in serving his G.I. flock right to the end.

Father Kapaun's cause for canonization is underway and he has been named a Servant of God.

Out here in Playa del Rey there is the Knights of Columbus Father Emil Kapaun Council 3744, at:

10:30 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

I was there that morning with Archbishop Kurtz, and I have to say it was my first time praying outside an abortion facility. I am not sure if I have the courage to do it again, we watched at least 20 women enter the facility and knowing they were going in to kill their own children was almost more than I could handle. I have a new found respect for those that do this every week.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Skeetor,

Great to hear from you, ol' friend!

Yes, it is heartbreaking to be outside an abortion chamber and not be able to reach the hearts and minds of those who go in.

But your presence and prayers there do affect them, and you will never know, this side of Heaven, how many of them change their minds once inside and leave by the back door. You will also never know how many might resolve to never go back in the future.

Your presence and prayers there also touch the hearts and minds of the many, many people who drive by, and you will never know how many of them were going to enter the abortion chamber but instead turned away because of you.

You will also never know how many of the people who drive by see you and silently convert to pro-life because of you, or resolve to avoid the sins that lead to the abortion of babies.

All these things are factual and actual -- pro-life activists have reported every one of them.

People come up to pro-lifers weeks, months and years later and say, "Thank you for being there -- because of you, I didn't go in."

The most glorious thing of all is when a mommy with her baby shows up and tells you, "Here's my baby! Because of you being here, I let her live, and I'm so grateful." That does happen!

So maybe you can pray for the strength to go pray at abortion chambers with your fellow pro-lifers. God and the moms and babies need every one of us.

But don't ever go there alone. Be there with others, because the deathscorts and staff at those places regularly make false serious accusations against lone pro-lifers, and the police and courts always believe them.

Thanks again for writing, ol' friend, and do keep checking in and commenting here whenever you can!

12:31 AM  

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