(A few housekeeping notes: 1) Of late, some commenters have adopted excessively salty language, which we frown on here. I have instructed moderators either to not clear such comments or, if the comment has compelling value, to edit out excessive saltiness before clearing it. 2) I was stunned to discover on Facebook that I have almost a thousand instant messages. I have my setting so that I only see individual messages from close friends – the rest I only see on a summary notice page. I apologize to those I have ignored, but it will continue. I have no time to chat on Facebook except for serious matters with close friends. I apologize to all, but if you need to reach me on a weighty matter, send a note to this site.-CJ)
By Charlie Johnston
At the end of the movie, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Japanese Admiral Yamamoto expresses his dread of what the sneak attack has accomplished: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve,” he muses.
I could not help but think of this quote in the aftermath of New York’s gruesome celebration of its adoption of infanticide as a ‘universal human right’ – and the efforts of several other blue states to follow suit. I have long thought that the anti-God left was heading towards advocating for ‘post-natal abortions.’ Now we are there. The line of battle just gets sharper and and more well-defined.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to survive to full term in his state. Democrats are NOT agitated because of his radio interview endorsing infanticide, but because of a blackface picture in his college yearbook and his confession that he once donned blackface to portray Michael Jackson. Apparently, Democrats have decided he is free to execute as many black babies as he pleases, but don’t dare imitate an actual black person who survived the delivery room. How bizarre. I play the trumpet – and can do a mean singing Louis Armstrong impression. I know it’s good, because I once tipsily and cockily told a black musician in a Memphis jazz club that I could do a better Louis impression than he had just Cardinal done. Irritated, He challenged me to come up on stage for the next set. I did – and when I was finished he slapped me on the back and said, “Damn, boy, you were right.” With a wicked grin, he asked me if maybe there wasn’t a little ebony in the woodpile I came from. It was a different time and we both laughed. Fortunately, I never donned blackface for a show. I just hope the folks in Virginia keep Northam comfortable until they decide his fate.
I don’t think this pro-abortion triumphalism is having quite the effect its advocates intend.
I sing at the choir in my Parish. Understand, I keep a very low profile in Colorado. I do all my political and activist work in other states. I like to keep Colorado mainly as my home, away from the fray of my work in the rest of the country. And though it may surprise you, I am fairly quiet and soft-spoken when I am not working. There may be one person in the choir who knows I write a popular website, maybe one or two who know that I do some vaguely defined pro-life or political work. I’m just a nondescript guy there who sings bass and sometimes plays the trumpet. The folks in choir are good Catholics, the sort in the pews who avoid discussion of controversial issues and stick to the nice stuff. Tuesday, after rehearsal, a spontaneous discussion of abortion arose that lasted for over 10 minutes. Everyone was talking about how each of us has to do more to stand for life. Parents talked about the serious conversations they had with their children on the importance of the sanctity of life at all stages in the aftermath of these new assaults. We prayed for unborn children and the sanctity of life. I said not a word (except after rehearsal to the director – who has a vague idea of my work). The abortionists are succeeding in causing the ordinary people in the pews to get “woke” to the danger.
I am not the only one who was filled with visceral revulsion at the refusal of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan to take a stand for Catholic values (other than to call any who were disgusted by his moral indifference “far right.” Apparently, anyone who will stand for life is “far right” to him now – and the far right is certainly not entitled to the charitable consideration abortionists and advocates of infanticide are from him). Cdl. Dolan has to be a little shocked at how unanimously both Catholics and ordinary conservatives have risen in disgust to condemn his inaction with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
I don’t think the bulk of the hierarchy – and certainly not the Vatican – have any clue what precipitous freefall their moral authority is in. The culture of sexual abuse and the defense and cover-up of it is just the tip of the iceberg. When several Dioceses jumped in with the lynch mob against the teenage Catholic boys from Covington, Kentucky, it told a lot of people how unreliable, even malicious, many of our leaders have become. Now four Dioceses are being sued for slander for their precipitous and vicious attacks against those school children.
In Saginaw, Michigan, a pastor was recently removed by his Bishop for being too “traditional” – and thus divisive. This is not a matter of Latin Mass or such. Rather, Fr. Edwin Dwyer had the audacity to preach an unapologetic pro-life message while introducing traditional elements such as bells and incense to Mass. It has not escaped the attention of a lot of Catholics that while almost all the abuse is committed by heterodox clerics, the only ones ever punished are orthodox clerics – and the charges are almost always trumped up against them. Even the trumped up, phony charges do not rise to the seriousness of the actual crimes and sins committed by heterodox clerics, then covered up or excused. About the only thing that can get you in serious trouble in this weird new church is to be serious about your Catholicism. The top hierarchs do not understand that it is no longer a matter of the faithful disagreeing with them: the faithful do not regard them as morally serious people anymore.
In just a week and a half, the World Summit on Sex Abuse called by Pope Francis will meet at the Vatican. The estimable Msgr. Charles Pope wrote a marvelous piece on the three keys critical to beginning to restore moral credibility to the hierarchy. I pray that it may begin, but I have little hope. Michael Brendan Dougherty noted a few months ago that the only men Pope Francis seems to promote or respect are those who are “morally compromised and theologically suspect.” I suspect we may see some grand gesture, perhaps the laicization of former Cdl. Theodore McCarrick as a sop to cover over the fact that no real reform is likely to be allowed at this summit, certainly not of the type that Msgr. Pope calls for. Top authorities are more likely to play at being clever rather than at being faithful. Then a lot of noble Bishops are going to have a great decision to make: will they go along with the defense of the indefensible or will they stand for the faith of Jesus Christ? We have entered the forge.
Yet, the devil always overplays his hand. The smoke of satan has never been thicker in the corridors of the Church than it is now. Some of the most noble Bishops may be effectively neutered for a time trying to balance their lawful duty of obedience with their duty to defend the faith, hearten the faithful, and defend the faithful. This is where the apostolate of the laity will come to the fore, not to supplant the hierarchy, but to empower those honorable, but often timid, members who still believe in the faith of Jesus Christ. Abortion is the tip of the spear for a much more comprehensive set of problems than initially meets the eye: the culture of death versus the culture of life. Many outside the Church and many authorities inside of Her have taken up the banner of the culture of death. They will not prevail.
We have a great battle before us. I am convinced, though, that the celebration of infanticide in New York will be to the pro-abortionists what Pearl Harbor was to the Japanese warlords: an overplayed tactical victory that ultimately ensured their destruction.
Many of you know my friend, Mary Lapchak. When I am on the road visiting communities of the faithful throughout the country, she coordinates all the details of my visits. She it is who makes the trains run on time for me. She and her husband, Mark, have a wonderful working farm in central Colorado. I often visit them to decompress. We watch movies in the evening, have fabulous food (Mary is a superb cook) and just have a great time. When the transmission went out on my old truck a few months ago, Mark found a good used one for me and installed it, himself, at cost – which left me enough money for getting out around the country later this spring.
Often, confronted with the various outrages that are so common today, Mary will ask me what can be done. Ah, but she warmed my heart after the New York outrage and Cdl. Dolan’s refusal to do anything about it. She didn’t ask me what could be done. Instead, she wrote personal letters to every Bishop, including auxiliary and emeritus, in the country. She sent out over 400 individual letters. They were brief and to the point – no unnecessary words. This is what I mean by the apostolate of the laity and the prayer of doing. Many will probably not respond to her. Some already have. But before God, she has done something. The generosity of God for whatever we do in honor of Him guarantees it will reverberate throughout the Church, regardless of what responses she gets.
Mary is my indispensable right arm when I get out on the road. But this is the single most magnificent thing I have ever seen her do. Below is the text of her letter:
Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the legalization of murder abortion of children up until birth.
Very bluntly, we are murdering God’s creation of unborn children. I would contend the charge of murder does not indict just the mother and father of the child, but all of us who know what is going on, and do little or nothing to stop this genocide/infanticide .
Surely, this is the work of the satan and an impossible situation for us mortals. Surely, this battle is “… not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of the present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” (Eph 6:12)
If this observation is true, we are told by Our Lord Jesus Himself, “…This kind can only come out through prayer.” (Mark 9:29)
Do you, as our shepherd, believe this is the evil work of the satan?
Do you believe Jesus’ words in Mark 9:29?
Do you have a conviction or have a desire to have a conviction to save God’s Precious Creation of the unborn child?
When will we lift our voices, in unison, to heaven? What more needs to happen to convince us the murder of unborn children will not stop until this infanticide is legal in every state?
What am I asking you to do?
1 Storm heaven with prayer by organizing and leading a Jericho March 1 seven times around your Planned Parenthood facility.2 This was done in the Denver Archdiocese by Archbishop Aquila on March 5, 2016.3
- I respectfully request you ask your parish priests to celebrate a weekly (at a minimum) Mass in front of all Planned Parenthood facilities in your diocese.
Thank you for your consideration.
Mary Angela Lapchak
Parishioner, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Limon, Colorado
cc: All active and emeritus Cardinals and Bishops in the United States
1 Now Jericho was in a state of siege because of the presence of the Israelites. No one left or entered. 2 And to Joshua
the Lord said: I have delivered Jericho, its king, and its warriors into your power. 3 Have all the soldiers circle the city,
marching once around it. Do this for six days, 4 with seven priests carrying ram’s horns ahead of the ark. On the seventh
day march around the city seven times, and have the priests blow the horns. 5 When they give a long blast on the ram’s
horns and you hear the sound of the horn, all the people shall shout aloud. The wall of the city will collapse, and the
people shall attack straight ahead.
12 Early the next morning, Joshua had the priests take up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests bearing the ram’s horns
marched in front of the ark of the Lord, blowing their horns. Ahead of these marched the picked troops, while the rear
guard followed the ark of the Lord, and the blowing of horns was kept up continually. 14 On this second day they again
marched around the city once before returning to camp; and for six days in all they did the same.
15 On the seventh day, beginning at daybreak, they marched around the city seven times in the same manner; on that day
only did they march around the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, the priests blew the horns and Joshua said
to the people, “Now shout, for the Lord has given you the city.