By Bishop Robert W. Finn
What can we say about this constant warfare?
Our battle is ultimately a spiritual battle for the eternal salvation of souls – our own and those of other people. We are not engaged in physical battles in the same way military soldiers defend with material weapons. We need not – we must not – initiate violence against other persons to accomplish something good, even something as significant as the protection of human life.
But it is true that we might have to endure physical suffering to prosper the victory of Jesus Christ. He carried the Cross. He promised us that – if we were to follow Him – we also would share the Cross. We must not expect anything less. When you stand up for what is right – you will be opposed. The temptation will be to avoid these attacks. But through our responses we must see what kind of soldiers we are.
Who is our enemy in this battle of the Church Militant?
Our enemy is the deceiver, the liar, Satan. Because of his spiritual powers he can turn the minds and hearts of men. He is our spiritual or supernatural enemy when he works to tempt us, and he becomes a kind of natural enemy as he works in the hearts of other people to twist and confound God’s will. In our human experience people deceived by Satan’s distortions and lies may appear as our “human enemies.”
Norma Leah McCorvey ("The Roe" of Roe vs. Wade) was arrested while praying the Rosary for trespassing by police after Notre Dame University authorized the police action. Watch the video of her arrest (here) and read more (here).
Fr. Norman Weslin is no stranger to President Obama, he was arrested for praying at the 2008 Democratic Convention. See the picture (here) of his arrest by the Denver Police Department.
Fr. Norman Weslin was portrayed in the 2006 pro-abortion film "Lake of Fire" read Lifesite's analysis (here)
Last week Notre Dame was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the Obama administration (here).
Former Ambassador to the United Nations Alan Keyes, a long standing political rival to President Obama was also arrested. You can watch the video (here). Keyes ran unsuccessfully in 2004-5 against President Obama for the United States Senate in Illinois. Keyes ran an unorthodox race against Obama, he ran on their pro-life differences and what it means to be a Christian in public office. You can watch a samples of their debates (here) , (here) , (here) and (here) President Obama was taken back by Keyes' strait forward criticism and President Obama gave this speech at the Call to Renewal Conference (here) as a reflection of that criticism. With some follow up commentary (here)
Jesuit Round Up
Fr. Martin was on CNN with Raymond Arroyo from EWTN. You can read the transcript of their exchange (here)
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life did a great job on
"FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace."
he debates Fr. Richard McBrien