From our pastor Father Paul’s desk…

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The Supreme Court’s expected decision on a case that could overturn Roe vs. Wade has made a lot of headlines in the last few weeks. The case at bar involves a state law preventing abortions after 15 weeks except in a few rare cases involving the health of the mother or severe fetal abnormality. If the Supreme Court rules that states have the legitimate right to make laws regulating abortion, then Roe vs. Wade will have to go. There are a lot of misconceptions about Roe, so hopefully this article will clarify some of the issues for you:

It is a principal of Natural Law that life is precious. No one can ever be granted a “right” to kill someone. There are certain circumstances where it is permissible, but it is never a right. Even 007 needs a license.

Your rights may be granted by God, but they cease where another person’s rights and liberties begin. In the case of an abortion, the mother does not have a right to terminate a pregnancy, since the unborn child also has a right to life.

The modern abortion movement was born out of the Eugenics Movement of the late 19th Century. Eugenicists called for a “purification” of human genetics through forced sterilization, segregation, birth control, and abortion. These same policies would eventually culminate in the brutal genocides of the 20th Century.

Early supporters of the “right to abortion” were not mothers, but rather men who were tired of supporting illegitimate children.

Roe vs. Wade came up with a “right to privacy,” claiming that it was implicit in the 14th Amendment. This had the effect of rendering null all the state laws that governed abortion access. In other words, states no longer had the ability to regulate this “medical procedure” since the courts had rendered all such laws unconstitutional.

Roe vs. Wade did not make an argument about the presence of life in the womb or if abortion itself was right. It was enough to state that a right to privacy existed and therefore no further discussion could be had. There have been more than 63 million abortions since Roe. 62% of these are from minority populations. This

is a national tragedy, representing an attack on the most vulnerable.
If Roe is overturned, then it will fall to the states to regulate abortion, as they did before.
If abortion is less accessible, it may spell the end for “hookup culture,” serial monogamy, and cohabitation. In this new world, sex may have to wait for marriage and people will have to take responsibility for their actions.
Pray for an end to abortion and a better respect for life in our world. —Fr. Paul

Sunday, 22 May – 9:00 am – 5th Sunday after Easter: Mass Readings and Propers

INSTRUCTION ON THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

Why does God wish us to ask of Him our prayers?

That we may know and confess that all good comes from Him; that we may acknowledge our poverty and weakness which in all things need the help of God; that we may thus glorify Him and render ourselves less unworthy of the gifts which He has promised us.

What is meant by asking to the name of Jesus?

By this is meant praying with confidence in the merits of Jesus, “who,” as St. Cyril says, “being God with the Father, gives us all good, and as mediator carries our petitions to His Father.” The Church, therefore concludes all her prayers with the words: “Through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” It means also that we should ask that which is in accordance with the will of Christ, namely, all things necessary for the salvation of our soul; to pray for temporal things merely in order to live happily in this world, is not pleasing to Christ and avails us nothing. “He who prays for what hinders salvation,” says St. Augustine, “does not pray in the name of Jesus.” Thus Jesus said to His disciples: Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name, “because,” as St. Gregory says, “they did not ask for that which conduces to eternal salvation.”

Why is it that God sometimes does not grant our petitions?

Because we often pray for things that are injurious, and like a good father, God denies them to us, in order to give us something better; because He wishes to prove our patience and perseverance in prayer; because we generally do not pray as we ought; to be pleasing to God, prayer should be made when in a state of grace and with confidence in Christ’s merits, for the prayer of a just man availeth much; (James V. 16.) we must pray with humility and submission to the will of God, with attention, fervor, sincerity, and with perseverance.

At what special times should we pray?

We should pray every morning and evening, before and after meals, in time of temptation, when commencing any important undertaking, and particularly in the hour of death. God is mindful of us every moment, and gives us His grace. It is, therefore, but just that we think often of Him during the day, and thank Him for His blessings.

How can we, in accordance with Christ’s teachings, (Luke XVIII. 1.) pray at all times?

By making the good intention when commencing our work, to do all for the love of God, and according to His most holy will; by raising our hearts to God at different times during the day; frequently making acts of faith, hope, love, and humility, and by repeating short ejaculations, such as: O Jesus! grant me grace to love Thee! Thee only do I desire to love! O be merciful to me! Lord hasten to help me.

What is the signification of the different ceremonies that Catholics use at their prayers?

The general signification is that God must be served, honored and adored, not only with the soul but with the body; when we pray aloud we praise God, not only with the mind, but also with our lips; when we pray with bowed and uncovered head, with folded, uplifted, or outstretched hands, on bended knees, with bowed and prostrated body, we show our reverence and subjection to the majesty of God, before whom we, who are but dust and ashes, cannot humble ourselves enough. These different ceremonies during prayer are frequently mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments, and Christ and His apostles have made use of them, as for instance, the bending of the knees, falling on the face, &c.

Which is the best of all prayers?

The Lord’s Prayer which Christ Himself taught us, and commands us to repeat. When said with devotion, it is the most powerful of all prayers. (Matt. VI, 9-13; Luke XI. 2‑4.)

Tuesday, 7 June – 6:30 pm: Finding Light in Dark Times: An Evening of Inspiration and Illumination

Do you sometimes feel lost in a maze of
uncertainty when you watch the news, alone without a
trustworthy guide to help you navigate through the cloud
of madness? You’re not alone, and there is good news!
God provides the light we need to find our way. All are
invited to hear a presentation on two brilliant Catholic
luminaries: German philosopher, Josef Pieper (1904-
1997), and the witty English journalist, G. K. Chesterton
(1874-1936) on Tuesday, June 7th, in McCarthy Hall at
St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island, from 6:30-
8:30pm. Both men wrote extensively on the political and
social challenges of their times. Their wisdom remains
remarkably apropos for the cultural battles raging
throughout our world today. Dr. L. Joseph Hebert,
Professor of Political Science and Leadership Studies at
St. Ambrose University, will discuss Pieper’s philosophy of
history, and what it can teach us about living virtuously in
a world seemingly on the verge of catastrophe. Jerry
Schroeder, co-founder of the Quad Cities Chesterton
Society, will contribute views on the complementarity
between Pieper and the philosopher’s older counter-part,
Chesterton. Ample time will be allowed for questions and
conversation. The event is hosted by the Quad Cities
Chesterton Society and is free to the public. All are
invited! For more information contact St. Pius member,
Jerry Schroeder, at 309-764-8657.