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Thank You Bishop Rhoades: A Personal Account of An Abortion Protest With A Catholic Bishop
TFP ^ | 6/17/2005 | Michael Whitcraft

Posted on 06/20/2005 2:28:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480


by Michael Whitcraft

When I heard that my bishop, Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was planning a procession and rosary in front a local abortion clinic, I was excited and pleasantly surprised. Due to their busy schedule and load of administrative work, few bishops would take three hours early on a Saturday morning to lead their flock in protest.

While this may be understandable, it is a pity. Amid the chaos that defines modern life, we faithful are in great need of shepherds who will take definitive stands and lead us to react against evil. I thank Bishop Rhoades for doing exactly this on Saturday, June 11 and feel honored at having been present.

A Tradition Begins

Bishop Rhoades began the weekly abortion protest years ago, while he was still a parish priest in Harrisburg. Every Saturday morning, he would lead his parish to the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center on Front St. in Harrisburg to pray a rosary asking for an end to abortion. He would also pray that the women seeking abortions would have a change of heart.

After being transferred from his diocese, he studied in Rome, became rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and recently was consecrated as bishop and installed in the Harrisburg diocese. During his absence, his parishioners continued the tradition Father Rhoades had begun. Apparently, he never forgot about it either. When installed as bishop in Harrisburg, he decided to lead his faithful in protest once again.


As we approached the clinic, the festivity waned and a palpable feeling of confrontation was undoubtedly present.

The Event

To begin the event, Bishop Rhoades celebrated Mass at 8:00 a.m. and wore red vestments for the occasion. Many priests were present, including EWTN host, Fr. John Trigilio.

After Mass, we drove to a park, a few blocks from Hillcrest Clinic, where a statue of Our Lady of Fatima was placed on a litter and the protesters gathered for the procession. Organizers estimate that roughly 500 were present for the event.

We walked the few blocks to the clinic, singing religious songs and the atmosphere seemed almost festive. However, as we approached our destination, the festivity waned. Arriving at the clinic, I noted a sinister air in the surroundings. This was exacerbated by a group of “escorts” who callously stood in front of the clinic with cynical faces for the duration of the event.

Just as the rosary began, a motorist drove by honking and screamed:“Choice in America!” Throughout the event, several motorists also honked, apparently hoping to disrupt the proceedings.


Throughout the protest a group of "escorts" stood watching us with cynical faces.

I was particularly impressed with the calm with which Bishop Rhoades continued to lead the prayers. Apparently well acquainted with adversity, he continued, undaunted. That is not to say that the opposition was unusually fierce or virulent. At no time did I feel threatened in any way. However, a palpable feeling of confrontation was undoubtedly present.

As we prayed, several women came outside to stand on the clinic’s porch and gawk at the protest. One lady stood with a smile on her face and even recited prayers with us in a mocking fashion. However, her dark eyes and the fashion with which she smoked one cigarette after another seemed to betray profound sadness and a troubled conscience.

As the event finished, I was fortunate to greet Bishop Rhoades. I wanted to express my gratitude for the stand he had taken and the weekly Indult Mass that he approved for his diocese. He greeted me warmly and then continued to greet and bless everyone who approached him.


As the event finished, I was honored to greet Bishop Rhoades to thank him for the stand he had taken and the weekly Indult Mass that he approved for his diocese.


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionclinic; abortionmill; abortuary; bishop; bishopkevinrhoades; bishoprhoades; catholic; harrisburg; pa; pennsylvania; protest; rhoades; tfp

Bishop Rhoades has been bishop for almost 6 and a half months. As the article mentions, one of the first things he did as bishop was grant an indult for the traditional Latin Mass, at the Cathedral Chapel of St. Lawrence in downtown Harrisburg! I've heard it is a beautiful church.
1 posted on 06/20/2005 2:28:27 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 06/20/2005 2:31:56 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Pyro7480

God Bless him!


3 posted on 06/20/2005 2:36:44 PM PDT by netmilsmom (There was no sign of a pile of gnawed hearts.....)
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To: Pyro7480

One of many good young bishops in the US.


4 posted on 06/20/2005 2:38:52 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you)
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To: Pyro7480

Amid the chaos that defines modern life, we faithful are in great need of shepherds who will take definitive stands and lead us to react against evil.

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Amen!

What a great story. Thanks for the ping, Matt.


5 posted on 06/20/2005 5:01:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Never again trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: Pyro7480
Our Lord has blessed Harrisburg with Bishop Rhoades. I was at his Mass for Sacred Heart of Jesus' 175th anniversary.(Lewistown, PA). I also enjoyed participating at the dinner we had after Mass.

With Bishop Rhoades spirituality, I predict that there will be an increase in vocations for priests and other religious. There are and will be fine young men like my Pastor, who will be leading many souls to our Lord over the coming years.

With Bishop Rhoade's evangelicalization and direction, there will also be a return to the faith of those who are currently at odds with the Church.
6 posted on 06/20/2005 5:24:55 PM PDT by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: Pyro7480
I find male deathscorts very interesting creatures. Rarely do they appear virile. I always figure they were the nerdy, picked-on kid back in school and now they've got some feminazi whipping them into volunteering at the local abortion mill.

Personally, I think every bishop should be making trips to the local clinic, if not weekly, at least monthly. If monthly is impossible, then at least during Holy Week. (Reason #8,997 that I'm glad to hear the rumor of McCarrick being booted - he refused to come pray at the abortion mill in nearby Woodbridge while he was in Metuchen).

7 posted on 06/20/2005 5:53:06 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: Maeve; Pyro7480; sockmonkey; AKA Elena; ELS; St. Johann Tetzel; NYer; Salvation; kstewskis; ...
HURRAY!!!!!!!!

saradippity, looks like a good guy for your good list!

8 posted on 06/20/2005 5:57:41 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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Catholic Discussion Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Discussion Ping List.

9 posted on 06/20/2005 8:08:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: saradippity

Another good one.


10 posted on 06/20/2005 8:09:06 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
THANKS FOR     THE PING!

11 posted on 06/20/2005 8:14:36 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: Pyro7480

Sounds like a great Catholic leader. Pity we don't have a lot more of them.

I recall attending a protest at an abortion clinic led by the late Bishop Vaughan of New York when he visited Australia some years ago. He, too, was a great Catholic leader.


12 posted on 06/20/2005 10:42:37 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Pyro7480

I like this a lot -- truly Christian: protesting evil, in a peaceful manner.


13 posted on 06/21/2005 1:01:46 AM PDT by Cronos (Never forget 9/11)
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To: Pyro7480

God Bless Bishop Rhoades and God Bless the people of Harrisburg, PA. God's pity on the poor souls who are lost to abortion and other crimes everywhere.


14 posted on 06/21/2005 4:54:03 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Pyro7480

God grant us more Bishops like this one!


15 posted on 06/21/2005 6:13:11 AM PDT by Romish_Papist (The times are out of step with the Catholic Church. God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.)
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To: old and tired
I always figure they were the nerdy, picked-on kid back in school and now they've got some feminazi whipping them into volunteering at the local abortion mill.

Perhaps... (I admit I was the nerdy, picked-on kid in my class). I always figure they were either the artsy male who was into theatre or painting, or the stoner-type.

16 posted on 06/21/2005 6:16:26 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: old and tired
The clinic which I picket likes to wheel out a guy in a Roman collar and black clerical garb. No idea which denomination he belongs to-if any- but he stands there whispering knowingly to the yellow-vests with a smirk on his face, while we say the Rosary.

He fits your profile. Insipid, obsequious and constantly fawning over the femi-nazis that run the place.

17 posted on 06/21/2005 6:41:59 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: TattooedUSAFConservative

"God grant us more Bishops like this one!"

I'll take one of those Bishops!!! ;o)


18 posted on 06/21/2005 8:44:50 AM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: Pyro7480
I always figure they were either the artsy male who was into theatre or painting, or the stoner-type.

Well, I don't know much about stoner types, but I always figure the artsy males into theatre or painting are gay, and gay men don't go out of their way to "help" women. I don't mean to offend, I'm just having some fun generalizing.

Take a look at the guy in the picture above. Doesn't he just look like the type of guy who's attached his wagon to some loudmouth, pushy feminazi? I figure this is his way, in a very perveted sense, of finally being a knight in shining armor to a woman in need.

19 posted on 06/21/2005 9:16:21 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: Pyro7480
Prayer shuts these guys/clinics down. Continue to go there and pray.

Lawrence (KS) abortion clinic closes because of funding woes

Eugene abortion clinic closes; surprising many (Hooray !!!)

Prayer credited for closing of abortion clinic [Eugene, OR]

Planned Parenthood will shut down 3 clinics [Indiana]

Persevering Students Help Close Abortion Clinic [Santa Paula, CA--Thomas Aquinas College]

Abortion Clinic Managers Quit After Being Outed by Operation Rescue [Wichita, Kansas]

One Man's God Squad: Troy Newman's plan to stop abortions in Wichita, Kansas

Baby Saved From Abortion is Baptized [New Orleans]

20 posted on 06/21/2005 9:18:49 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Pyro7480

Kevin Cardinal Rhoades of the Archdioces of Baltimore! Not yet, but it has a nice ring to it.


21 posted on 06/21/2005 12:55:56 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: Pyro7480

God Bless, your Bishop, and may 1000 turn out the next time.


22 posted on 06/21/2005 1:00:22 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: Pyro7480

Outstanding! Thanks for the post! We need more such good men as this from sea to shining sea!

Frank


23 posted on 06/21/2005 4:24:54 PM PDT by Frank Sheed
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To: TattooedUSAFConservative; HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; All

Domenico Bettinelli Blog Ping on the new Bishops and the trend developing...

The new bishops

A friend sends along the following thoughts on the new US bishops appointed by Pope Benedict this week. Bishop Walter Hurley will be going to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Bishop John Noonan will be an auxiliary in Miami.

Bishop Hurley was Cardinal Adam Maida’s point man on dealing with priests in Detroit who had to be removed for sexual misconduct. Check out this quote from the bishop during his ordination as auxiliary bishop for Detroit in 2003:

But the shadow of the year-long struggle to combat sexual abuse also hovered over the mass. At the end of the liturgy, newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Walter Hurley spoke to the crowd on behalf of the three bishops and borrowed a page from Charles Dickens.

“While we recognize that the past year will be a defining moment in the history of the church, we are not prepared to acknowledge these are the worst of times,” he said. “We are, however, prepared to say without equivocation that these really are the best of times—for never have we been so aware of the need of the Lord and his presence in our lives.”

Over the past year, Hurley, 66, has served as Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida’s point man in dealing with abusive priests and was promoted recently, at least in part, because of his calm leadership in the midst of that crisis.

Ordained along with Hurley were Auxiliary Bishop John Quinn, 57, until recently Maida’s director of education.

Usually “director of education” is not a title that encourages my hope for someone’s orthodoxy, but Bishop Quinn is credited for bringing back a renewal of orthodoxy for Detroit’s seminary.

Bishop Noonan is also currently rector for a diocesan seminary, St. John Vianney in Miami. He, too, is considered to be orthodox.

We’re seeing an interesting trend where rectors of seminaries that have decent current reputations—Detroit, Philadelphia, Emmitsburg, Josephinum—have been promoted to bishop. It’s a trend that appears to pre-date the reign of Benedict XVI a little. What could this bode for the seminary visitation we’re supposed to see? What trend does it indicate for the American episcopate? We’ll have to keep watching.

Update: Well, I’ve been corrected. Bishop Quinn was not the rector of the Detroit seminary. My first correspondent actually said that Quinn “may have been involved” in cleaning up the seminary. In reality, most of the credit goes to Bishop Allan Vigneron of Oakland, who was indeed rector of the Detroit seminary.

My second correspondent says Bishop Quinn teaches a course at the seminary, is what he describes as a “moderate” liberal and is respectful of conservatives. He says that he’s a good man and intelligent, but no conservative. Clears that up.


24 posted on 06/23/2005 4:51:13 PM PDT by Frank Sheed
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To: BlackElk

The exit of Keeler's spineless and prissy non-leadership will be a joyous event indeed.


25 posted on 06/23/2005 5:19:45 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Pyro7480

Bump.


26 posted on 06/23/2005 10:36:00 PM PDT by fatima
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To: Pyro7480; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...

1. “Escorts” or "deathscorts" are volunteer-activists who work at abortion clinics to make insure patients have no communication with sidewalk counselors as they walk into the clinic.
2. The word “Revolutionary” is used here in the sense given by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in his book, Revolution and Counter-revolution available at: http://www.tfp.org/what_we_think/rcr_book_online/rcr_intro.html.


27 posted on 08/27/2005 10:14:35 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: JohnnyZ

The new breed. God willing in five years the old guard will be in retirement.


28 posted on 08/27/2005 10:21:51 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Coleus

bump


29 posted on 08/27/2005 10:24:22 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: Siobhan
I believe Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Rhoades are cut from the same cloth.

I feel so blessed to live in a diocese with a great pastor,who follows Bishop Olmsted,who follows Pope Benedict XVI,who follows Christ. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming.

Many (4) of our Catholic churches have had Perpetual Adoration 24/7 for years and I think that has not gone without notice in the heavens.

Praying and speaking Truth in and out of season are Catholics' best weapons to overcome the enemy.

30 posted on 08/28/2005 12:15:44 AM PDT by saradippity
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To: Salvation

Bishop Rhoades has been on my list. I think our Bishop attended his Installation.


31 posted on 08/28/2005 12:26:41 AM PDT by saradippity
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ProLife Ping!

If anyone wants on or off my ProLife Ping List, please notify me here or by freepmail.

32 posted on 08/28/2005 1:20:53 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (I don't want any free Mumia. It's stringy and tough to digest.)
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To: BlackElk

Dear BlackElk,

"Kevin Cardinal Rhoades of the Archdiocese of Baltimore! Not yet, but it has a nice ring to it."

That seems eminently reasonable and realistic to me.

He's been in office since Dec, 2004. Next year, Cardinal Keeler must give his resignation. It would not be unrealistic for our Holy Father to take 18 - 24 months to replace him. By then, we're talking late 2007. Archbishop-elect Rhoades will have had three good years to get the hang of this bishop-thing to become the Archbishop of the Primatial See of the United States.

And then, our prayers would have to be redoubled for this man.


sitetest


33 posted on 08/28/2005 1:50:31 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Pyro7480

DEO GRATIAS!!


34 posted on 08/29/2005 7:43:40 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: Pyro7480
I'm glad the bishops are finally doing something
 
Archbishop joins 1,000 Catholics in procession of faith and Funeral for Unborn Fetuses
 
Join Newark NJ Archbishop John J.Myers at the Englewood Abortion Mill,Stations of the Cross for Life

35 posted on 08/29/2006 11:32:27 AM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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