We are halfway through the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy and yet many people are not fully aware of it and its implications. Fewer yet seem to have taken advantage of what Pope Francis and the Holy Year has offered us. This particular Holy Year is very unique in two areas that include its treatment of abortion and the ease of a pilgrimage to the Holy Door. Please give me a few minutes of your time so I can explain what the Holy Year is and how we can take advantage of it.
Pope Francis opened the Holy Door (Porta Sancta) at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on December 8, 2015 to inaugurate this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was also present as were numerous others. Pope Francis earlier said “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instills hope.”
There were two reasons given by Pope Francis for selecting this particular date. One reason is that this date marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis points out that this represents God’s action in choosing Mary as the mother of man’s Redeemer. A second reason is that it represents the 50th anniversary of the closing date of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. The Church feels a great need to keep this date alive. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport/Rockford Illinois- The Knights of Columbus are organizing a group from Freeport to go with the Diocese of Rockford to the March for Life in Washington DC. All are welcome!
Coming to the March for Life is a great way to find solidarity with 300,000 other people from the US that are also pro-life. Majority of those there are college age and down, though you need not be young to participate. The energy is uplifting to see so many people motivated by love to stand up for life before our elected officials. We will be offering prayers, learning more about life and have an opportunity to see our country’s capitol. Continue reading →
Planned Parenthood Protest This Saturday in Aurora, IL.
ProLifeCorner- Eric Scheidler, of the Pro Life Action League, is planning another demonstration against the mega killing center in Aurora, Il. Many of our readers may not be aware that Aurora is in the Rockford Diocese. Many dedicated pro-life citizens from the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative and pro-life citizens from southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois pray and witness at the Aurora killing center on a regular basis. Some of you may recall that the Pro Life Action League and other dedicated groups protested Planned Parenthood on August 22 of this year. These protests were nationwide and were held at many Planned Parenthood centers across the country. Over 78,000 people attended the August rally and it is hoped to increase that number significantly this Saturday.
The scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts is still raging, and we need to keep the pressure on. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com- by Larry Plachno- Cafeteria Morals and Going Beyond Abortion- In recent weeks there has been substantial discussion on whether Pro-Life people need to work beyond Pro-Life issues. Much of this has been prompted by material posted on the Pro-Life Corner as well as the recent announcement of the reorganization of the Pro-Life Office at the Rockford Diocese. Recent comments by Pope Francis also mention this point. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner – Intro by Frank – This article from CatholicVote.org puts it all in perspective. Michael Voris, head of ChurchMilitant.TV , has produced a video giving his assessment of the recent election. Michael is a staunch defender of Holy Mother Church. He can also be critical of bishops who are not doing their duties properly when it comes to teaching and preaching moral values. Continue reading →
CHICAGO – November 01, 2012 – Manya A. Brachear | Chicago Tribune- Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week’s election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus. “By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass,” Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. Continue reading →