–John 3:14-16 from today's Gospel reading
It is Sept. 14th, the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross (or "Triumph of the Cross," for us old school orthodox believers), and two pro-abortion items appear in the Chicago papers, one to test our patience, the other our faith.
The first concerns a so-called Christian group named Protestants for the Common Good, who are actually intent on praying for the Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic to open on time, and its abortions to take place on schedule. Yes, there are only nine "clerics" involved, and true, it is a great argument in favor of the Magisterium on matters of faith and morals, but comments such as Rev. Larry Greenfield's (executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago), "To deny women access to abortion (and) contraceptives is ... to deny them their moral standing ... I believe it is contrary to the teaching of Jesus as a Christian," not to mention Rev. Ana Levy-Lyon's (of Oak Park's Unity Temple) feminist fatalism, "The religious right believes they have heard the voice of God [concerning abortion] but there are many women of faith who have heard a different voice of God when they prayed," are almost too absurd (and diabolical) to comment on. But as John Paul the Great stated (and Pope Benedict recently reiterated) the Right to Life is the first and foremost of all rights, and no other rights can take its place. And thus on this feast, it is easy to see that these clerics are merely preaching the first of all heresies, a rewarmed version of Christianity without the Cross. But this "Christianity," a Christianity without sacrifice, is, as today's feast day readings point out, actually a Christianity with Christ, which spawns a pseudo-Church of self-worship headed by you-know-who. These ministers deserve our pity more than our scorn, for Satan has stolen their soul and they don't even realize it.
On the other hand, one suspects that Planned Parenthood has not only made a deal with the devil, but that many of their members willingly draw upon the Dark One's power. Today's other story, the Tribune's "Planned Parenthood clinic is going to federal court," is of more immediate concern. For now that PP, who once claimed they were fighting for the will of the local people against those of the national pro-life radicals, showed once again what liars they are now that the residents have spoken out against the clinic and the bad guys' local hopes have gone up in flames. Saying they now have "no confidence" in the Aurora City Council and its constituents, Chicago's PP president, Steve "The Trembler" Trombley, has sought a federal court order to get the clinic opened on schedule. "It's time to put our patients above politics," Trombley trumpeted, which translated means that since the truth about the clinic came out and the political process is indeed working, he's now trying to put Planned Parenthood above the law. Still it's a shrewd move, considering how the Aurora City Council has turned against them, for unless the case is heard by Bob "Fighting Irish" Thomas, the verdict is a crap shoot, and the outcome is anybody's guess. This, then, is what we immediately need to fast and pray for; an honest federal judge and a ruling based upon the truth. Because all we ask for in this case is a fair fight, all we pray for in this cause is the Triumph of the Cross.