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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of January 18th, 2015

This week January 22nd marks the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in this country. As always there is good news and bad news with regard to this issue. The bad news is that this continues to be a hot contested debate in this country. The good news is that we haven’t given up on the fight yet. The bad news is some 57 million babies have lost their lives through abortion in this time. The good news is slowly but surely fewer and fewer women are choosing this option. This week I read an article in the “Catholic Digest” magazine by Dr. Donna Harrison who belongs to the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In that article she describes her journey and how she has come full circle on this issue and has landed on the Pro-life side. Harrison was “pro-abortion” growing up, but that changed as she clearly realized in biology class that life begins at conception. Her change of mind and heart didn’t come easy, however as she describes how in medical school your progress was often based on other people’s opinion of you and since the American Congress of Obstetricians is “rabidly pro-abortion” and its hierarchy publicly supported and collaborated with Planned Parenthood on political issues, it was a careful walk through medical school with many of her friends who were “secretly pro-life.” Dr. Harrison recalls attending an international pro-abortion conference in 2007 called, “Women Deliver” (an ironic term for a pro-abortion seminar) and in that conference it presented the Roman Catholic Church and medical advancements in ultra-sound as the two main obstacles to global legalization of abortion, “unfortunately these turn the minds of women to the humanity of the fetus,” they said. That’s the bad news. Now, the good news: Dr. Harrison says despite pro-abortion’s success, she takes comfort in that the Culture of Life will win out. Since 1970 the medical field has advanced so far that no longer is it possible to argue that there is not a human life in the womb after conception. Now’s it’s a question of what we are willing to do about it? By their own admission, after three generations of debate, the former head of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) Nancy Keenan agrees that the Pro-life movement is getting younger and younger while the pro-abortion movement is grayer and grayer. People are starting to see the light and the best is yet to come, Dr. Harrison says. We as a church and as individuals can still continue to fight to keep this important issue on the floor. You might want to check out all the local opportunities to make your voice heard. There is the Vespers for Life on Sunday, January 18 held at St. Anthony Church, St. Cloud at 4:00 pm. There will also be Adoration January 20-22nd at the same place. There is the National Day of Prayer for Life as established by the Bishops of the United States on Thursday, January 22nd which is open for all who can pray. There is the 40 Days for Life starting February 18 thru March 29th in our St. Cloud area, and at our own State Capital there is the March for Life Rally going on Thursday January 22nd starting at 12 noon. A complimentary bus will be leaving from St. Anthony Church that day at 7:45 am for a 10:30 am Prayer Service at the Cathedral of St. Paul followed by the gathering at the capital. The bus will also stop at Foley and Clearwater on the way. Yes, the bad news and the good news are still out there with regard to the Pro-life and Pro-abortion issues. Yet as believers in Christ, we know life conquers death, and the truth will prevail. As Jesus once said, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14) and, “If you live according to my teaching…then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!” (John 8) May we all live in the Gospel of Life! Fr. LeRoy Scheierl

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