In a previous blog post, I mentioned that pro-abortion protesters are disrupting Masses and vandalizing Catholic properties across the country. My point was that we need an intense education campaign to combat ignorance about the Church and the issue. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/musingsfromthepew/2022/05/culture-of-life-education/
However, this is a long term solution. In the meantime, we must deal with pro-abortion terrorists who commit violent actions against pro-life people and churches, especially Catholic churches.
Ruth sent us
The “Ruth sent us” group disrupts services. The name comes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of her support for abortion. The irony here is that even Judge Ginsburg criticized Roe for being a very flawed decision.
Protesters dressed in red suits and large hats similar to those of The Handmaid’s Tale entered Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles with loud, offensive cries during a mass on May 8, Mother’s Day (another irony).
The same group has also threatened to disrupt this year’s ordination services. Fortunately, the threat was picked up on social media, so a group of Catholic men waited outside the cathedral and dissuaded them from entering.
Another group, “Jane’s Revenge” (for Jane Roe, yet another irony since the real Jane Roe went pro-life), is planning a “Night of Rage” if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade.
This new threat prompted the Department of Homeland Security to send warnings to our bishops. Based on a number of previous actions by this terrorist group, DHS knows that Jane’s Revenge is very dangerous.
For example, the Wisconsin Family Action headquarters was hit (also on Mother’s Day) by arson and vandalism – an anarchist symbol, anti-police slogan and the phrase “if abortions aren’t safe, neither are you safe”.
On May 13, “Jane’s Revenge” and other slogans were spray-painted on the walls of the Alpha Pregnancy Center in Reisterstown, Maryland.
On May 22, at St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia, Washington, “Abort the church” was spray painted on a wall. A cell of Jane’s Revenge claimed responsibility for this and similar actions in several non-Catholic churches.
This criminal behavior was repeated on May 25 at the Next Step Pregnancy Center in Lynnwood, Washington.
Over Memorial Day weekend, a Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) run by the Archdiocese of Miami in Hollywood, Florida was defaced with pro-abortion graffiti, as was the South Broward Pregnancy Help Center.
On June 3, the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington DC was similarly vandalized. On June 7, an Amherst, New York, PRC suffered extensive fire damage and pro-abortion graffiti.
The members of Jane’s Revenge probably only number in the hundreds, but it’s hard to tell because they use the terrorist cell method. They believe the Catholic and Mormon churches are “patriarchal sex abuse cults” while their messages invoke Satan worship.
Citing the Jane’s Revenge situation, sixteen US senators called on the Justice Department to provide increased protection against acts of violence targeting anti-abortion organizations.
Threats and responses
The FBI is surely also involved because of the threat on the life of Judge Kavanaugh and that against Judge Barrett. In the latter case, his house and his church, even his children’s school were threatened.
The extremists’ tweet noted that Judge Barrett attends Mass “EVERY DAY”. Obviously, that makes her a religious fanatic unfit to sit on the Supreme Court.
Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski, responding to the vandalism, said the actions express “a disregard for the beliefs, values and practices of a religious community and could easily escalate into physical harm.”
Contempt is hateful and hurtful enough, but the physical harm goes far beyond any acceptable behavior in conflict. Will fear cause Catholics to avoid going to church?
Perhaps these attacks will cause pro-choice Catholics to say, “Hey, I’m for choice, but not for violence” (another irony given the violence of abortion) and join the pro-life Catholics to defend the Church.
Maybe then people will understand that abortion advocates act violently because abortion itself is violent.
People who find killing acceptable for one reason are likely to plummet morally and will eventually find killing acceptable for other reasons, particularly if killing is deemed “necessary” to further their cause. History teaches us many lessons about this.
Pro-life organizations are calling for calm and asking supporters to avoid clashes with pro-abortion protesters. Perhaps the nonviolent advocates of “choice” will be repelled enough by violence to multiply discussions of common ground with the advocates of life.
How will Catholics respond to this targeted hatred? I hope that apathetic Catholics will be inspired to show their support and draw closer to the Church. We must all prepare carefully and thoughtfully for this challenge.
The greatest defense is, of course, prayer. We must pray fervently for understanding, reconciliation and peace.