Government Refuses to File Charges Against Christian Leader Who was Arrested for Praying on a Public Sidewalk in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, June 30 /Christian Newswire/ — During the arrangement of Rev. Patrick Mahoney in Washington, D.C., the US Attorney failed to appear and file formal charges against Rev. Mahoney for his June 8 arrest on a public sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C.
This action by the Department of Justice indicates that Rev. Mahoney was clearly praying on a public sidewalk and his actions did not violate the law.
These actions also demonstrate that the City of Washington, D.C. erred in arresting Rev. Mahoney for simply expressing his First Amendment rights in the public square and that Planned Parenthood is misleading pro-life activists by saying the sidewalk in front of their clinic is "private."
The Christian Defense Coalition plans a major event at Planned Parenthood, Washington, D.C. August 13-14 in which people will join in prayer on the public sidewalk where Rev. Mahoney was arrested.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments,
- "It was a disgrace and an outrage that the City of Washington, D.C. arrested me for praying on a public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. It was clear that I did not violate the law for simply celebrating my free speech and First Amendment rights in the public square.
"The US Attorney did not file formal charges because they recognized this also. They knew it would be laughable to try to prosecute a minister for praying on the public sidewalk. We now call upon the City of Washington, D.C. to stop intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens who simply want to publicly pray and counsel.
"On August 13-14, we will be calling people to come join the Christian Defense Coalition and pray with us on the sidewalk at Planned Parenthood. Our prayer and hope is that our nation’s capital will choose to celebrate free speech and not crush it."
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—SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT—
WHY is God letting me suffer in this way? Why are there so many obstacles to happiness and growing in holiness? Why does life have to be so painful? It feels as though I go from valley to valley (even though I know there are peaks in between). Why, God?
‘Unique for a Reason’
USCCB News Release
June 29, 2010
WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage has launched a new initiative for the protection of marriage, entitledMarriage: Unique for a Reason. The initiative is to help catechize and educate Catholics on the meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The launch comes with the release of the first of five videos. The first video is called Made for Each Other and includes a Viewer’s Guide and Resource Booklet. It explores sexual difference and the complementarity between man and woman as husband and wife in marriage. Later videos will treat the good of children, the good of society and what constitutes discrimination, religious liberty, and issues particular to a Latino/a audience.
“The Committee’s efforts are grounded in the recognition that marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, is at the heart of a flourishing society and culture,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, chairman of the Committee. “The truth of marriage lies at the very core of a true concern for justice and the common good. Promoting marriage is crucial to the New Evangelization. These initial materials seek to provide a key starting point, a compass, for assisting Catholics and all people of good will in understanding why marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman.”
The DVD, guide, and booklet are intended for use by priests, deacons, catechists, teachers and other leaders. Potential uses include instruction for young adult groups, adult faith formation, and seminary and diaconate education.
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African American auxiliary bishop from Chicago speaks in Sacramento
Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry concelebrated a Mass with Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto on Sunday, June 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to celebrate the accomplishments of Catholic African-American college, high school, and eighth grade graduates.The Mass was followed by a reception, during which a small group of pro-lifers met with the bishops. The event was sponsored by the Black Catholic Council of the Diocese of Sacramento.
In his homily, Bishop Perry encouraged the graduates to remain faithful to the Church, to honor their parents, and to avoid the materialistic temptations facing today’s youth.
Bishop Perry, who is African American, has been outspoken in promoting a culture of life and calling attention to the disproportionate number of abortions killing black babies. He is the author of “Abortion and its Impact on the Black Community,” a statement posted on the Chicago archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics website.
In the statement, Bishop Perry quotes African American Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington, D.C., who noted, “Since the Roe v. Wade decision, the number one cause of death in the African American community is abortion. We have lost 13 million lives. To put that in perspective, that is one third of our present black population. 1,452 black children are lost each day to abortion!”
Abortion, said Bishop Perry in the statement, “is a topic essentially kept hush-hush in the black community,” while “The right to abortion is quietly spelling the decimation of the black community in our society.”
Bishop Perry encouraged parish pro-life activities. “In parishes and in dioceses all over the country Catholics consider the subject of abortion one of the chief witnesses of our modern times for which we are pledged to continue to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion, particularly, to let women in trouble be aware that they have other options,” said Bishop Perry in “Abortion and its Impact on the Black Community.”
“We run up against public protest that abortion is a right, a choice, a medical procedure like any other for which women should not be deprived of their reproductive freedom and their right to health care in this vein,” said Bishop Perry. “These protestations attempt to deter people from the fundamental truth that a human life is murdered by abortion and based upon conscientious considerations, let alone Christian belief, every life, even one conceived under difficult circumstances deserves a chance.”
One of the largest abortion businesses in California is Family Planning Associates (FPA), founded by Dr. Edward Allred. FPA also operates three of Chicago’s largest abortion facilities, which have performed thousands of abortions on black and Hispanic women.
Allred became a multi-millionaire racetrack owner from the profits of FPA abortions. He openly stated his racist philosophy in a 1980 interview withThe San Diego Union. “Take the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants: Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening,” he told the newspaper. “I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I’d set up a clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake… When a sullen black woman can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to all of us it’s time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare in the only industry the people have.”
Mary Vitamin for June 30th
Topic: the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Priesthood
St. Peter Julian Eymard
Pray, therefore, for the priesthood; beg that vocations to it may be multiplied; labor to obtain holy, zealous priests for the people. This was Mary’s prayer, her apostolate of predilection.
St. Peter Julian Eymard
And now, she not only begs her Son for holy vocations, but she guards and protects them. The priest is Mary’s privileged child. It is she who trains him to piety in youth and shields his virtue; she it is who nourishes his fervor, who leads him by the hand to the foot of the altar and
presents him to the Bishop, as once she offered Jesus in theTemple. She encourages him in the thousand sacrifices of study, in his combats against fear of the priestly responsibility. The priest formed by Mary!_O good and holy priest, how well Jesus will receive thee!
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library): 138-9.
Today, my prayer will be for vocations, a prayer close to the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
By priests, Jesus receives that sacramental life which He consecrates to the glory of His father; by them, He is more glorified than by even the most devout of the Faithful. He has given them all His rights and all His power.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library), 138.
The sixth of the Seven Biblical Guideposts: Acts
It is the mission of the Mother of the Church, of the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, of the Queen of the Apostles in prayer at the Cenacle. The Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, our Lady, the Church: the Immaculate is at the center with her mission of gathering all her children into the Church animated by the Holy Spirit at the foot of the Tabernacle.
Marian Seraphic Pathways
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
August 20, 1994
My Sufferings Were For You, Child
Mary speaks: I cannot express in words how I suffered. I have given you some experience in my sufferings.
My suffering was so deep, only by God’s grace could a human person experience such suffering.
There were not wounds, there was no blood, there was, my child, only the experiences of my heart. My heart was pierced so deeply with a sword. Such deep pain, a sword piercing would not describe the pain I had. Do you wonder how deep did the sword pierce my heart? The depth was incomprehensible. My life was lived in such connectedness with my Son, in such intimacy with Him. I watched my beloved Son, to Whom I was so closely united for 33 years, suffer so dishonorably.
My sufferings were for you, child. I love you as no earthly mother ever loved a child. I am your most loving Mother. If I underwent such suffering for you, do you think I would not be protecting and loving you now? I have not gone. I am with you!
If I could only tell you what I saw: my Son suffering for love of you. If I could let you see through my eyes what He suffered for love of you!
If you meditate on His Passion in the rosary and the Stations, you see His immense love. I will help you to see His love more and more through my eyes.
I appear to tell all of this suffering. This is the key to understanding how much you are loved. Think of what I saw, look through my eyes, hold His lifeless body under the cross, meditate on the Seven Sorrows that I hold deep in my heart. It is there you will know His immense love. Look at my Son through a mother’s eyes. Look at Him as He dragged the heavy cross on His way to the Crucifixion. Stand by and watch them pull His hair and drag Him away, and beat His precious bare body. Stand with me, little ones, as I walked with Him and look through my eyes. You will realize more His great love for you.
Go to Him, love Him, He is in the Eucharist this day. He longs, longs for your individual love. He is your lover, on FIRE for love of you. I love you so much.
I am Mary, your Mother.
R. I experienced great graces and insights into Jesus and Mary’s sufferings. The veil was lifted and I felt so deeply the presence of God. It is His presence that saturated my being, a connectedness to Him and this deep intimacy with Him alone. This world seems non-existent and I am wrapped into the experience. Time seems to stand still and I behold the presence of God, deep, deep in my being. On Christmas day after Mass, 1993, I had such immense pain, I could hardly stand it. Pains in the heart, not physical pain, an understanding of agony in my heart. On January 6, 1994, I was elevated to such a high level, saturated in His love, then after Communion such immense agony in my heart. Agony inexpressible in words.