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American Life League
American Life League is a 501©(3) organization co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown and nine other dedicated pro-life Americans. It is the oldest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States. ALL is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. It is rooted in pro-life integrity that stands up for every innocent human being whose life is threatened by what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of death.” That ranges from the single cell human embryo to the elderly, the infirm and others at risk of having their life terminated by acts of euthanasia.
The mission of American Life League is to give light and hope to a broken world by promoting a Culture of Life that respects, protects and cares for human beings from creation to death without exception. Our focus is on providing TRUTH-based educational materials and opportunities, inspiring and equipping generations to act for GOD and LIFE, and protecting and caring for the most vulnerable among us.
ALL includes such programs as Celebrate Life Magazine, Defend the Faith, STOPP International, Institute for the Culture of Life Studies and St. Michael the Archangel High School. ALL also coordinates a network of more than 120 local and regional pro-life groups across the nation through its Associate Program.
Defend the Family
Defend the Family is an effort by American Life League to have Planned Parenthood declared an enemy of the Church. Spiritual support for this effort will be accomplished by establishing regular prayers after Mass for the conversion of individual countries (i.e. conversion from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God), offering prayers for the Pope, and opening communication with local bishops about the dangers Planned Parenthood poses to the Faithful.
Planned Parenthood routinely advocates lifestyles that are opposed to Catholic teaching, yet many of its employees are active in Catholic parishes. It systematically leads our teenagers into lives of sexual sin and is destroying our society. We are inviting all who are concerned about their families and their Church to join in the effort.
There is only one form of the family, and that is a mother and father who come together in Marriage for the generation of children. All other forms are either deficient (in that they lack a parent or children … this isn’t to say that they are “bad,” but that they lack completeness), or perverted (as in same-sex relationships).
Who says children need both a male father and female mother?
During a meeting with the International Catholic Child Bureau on April 11, 2014, Pope Francis said that “We must reconfirm the rights of children to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.”
Aren’t good role models enough for children?
A mother and a father provide more than just a good example for children to follow. They provide the emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual stability necessary to foster growth and strength in a virtuous life.
At the end of 2013, Pope Francis announced the opening of a Synod on the Family to take place in October of 2014, followed by a larger Synod in October, 2015. As the Synod addresses many issues pertaining to the crisis of families within the Church and in society as a whole, we see this as an opportunity for the Church to publicly condemn possibly the greatest single threat to families around the world, Planned Parenthood.
There is much confusion throughout the Church and abroad about the precise nature of the danger that Planned Parenthood poses to families and children. In these confusing times, a clear declaration from the Church on the intrinsically evil nature of Planned Parenthood, along with canonical sanctions against Catholics who support, promote, or assist the organization, will help strengthen the family by helping families avoid such a grave danger.
Planned Parenthood’s sex education, contraception distribution, sex-themed parties, pornographic materials, and abortion business are all projects directly aimed at destroying the family. The Defend the Family campaign is designed specifically to defend families from Planned Parenthood.
The campaign is composed of three very simple elements. We are asking the faithful to pray after every Mass for the conversion of their country (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God) and to enroll in our spiritual bouquet for the Holy Father. We are asking this because this campaign will not succeed without prayer.
The second part of the campaign is to ask the Holy Father to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church. With such a declaration, it is our hope that wayward Catholics will take Catholic teaching on sexual morality seriously enough to begin living a good moral life, and extending this moral life into the social order for the eventual defeat of the Culture of Death.
Finally, the campaign will involve educating our family members, friends, clergy and all others on the true nature of Planned Parenthood and the need to have it declared an enemy of the Church.
The campaign will be an ongoing effort until Planned Parenthood is declared an enemy of the Catholic Church.
Statistics show devastating declines in indicators of healthy families, particularly since 1960, when Planned Parenthood’s birth control pill dream first became an FDA-approved reality, sparking the “sexual revolution.” It was Planned Parenthood who actually pushed for, and paid for, the development of the pill.
(*Statistics from http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=births-to-unmarried-women, unless otherwise indicated.)
Births to unmarried women are soaring: In 1960, when the contraceptive pill came on the market, 5.3 percent of births were to unmarried women. In 2011, more than 41 percent of children were born to unmarried women. Among black, non-Hispanic women, that rate soared to 72.3 percent.
Divorce has increased exponentially: Meanwhile, the number of divorced people increased by 345 percent between 1960 and 1992. Source: University of Virginia, the National Marriage Project, “The State of Our Unions, Marriage in America 2010, When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America,” p 70.
Cohabitation instead of marriage: The number of unmarried women of childbearing age who are cohabiting skyrocketed from 439,000 in 1960 to 5.5 million in 2000—an astounding 1,150 percent increase in 40 years. In 2008, there were 6.8 million cohabiting opposite-sex adult couples. A majority of unmarried births now occur to cohabiting parents. Between 2006 and 2010, 58 percent of unmarried births were to cohabiting parents: in 2002, the proportion was 40 percent. Children born to cohabiting parents experience higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage, and fare worse across a range of behavioral and emotional outcomes than those born to married parents.
Children of single moms fare poorly overall: Children born to unmarried mothers are more likely to grow up in a single-parent household, experience instability in living arrangements, live in poverty, and have socio-emotional problems. As these children reach adolescence, they are more likely to have low educational attainment, engage in sex at a younger age, and have a birth outside of marriage. As young adults, children born outside of marriage are more likely to be idle (neither in school nor employed), have lower occupational status and income, and have more troubled marriages and more divorces than those born to married parents.
Women who give birth outside marriage more disadvantaged: Women who give birth outside of marriage tend to be more disadvantaged than their married counterparts, both before and after the birth. Unmarried mothers generally have lower incomes, lower education levels, and are more likely to be dependent on welfare assistance compared with married mothers. Women who have a non-marital birth also tend to fare worse than childless single women; for example, they have reduced marriage prospects compared with single women without children.
American Life League exists to serve God by helping to build a society that respects and protects individual innocent human beings from creation to death—without compromise, without exception, without apology.
Our greatest weapon in that mission is prayer. The Defend the Family campaign will promote prayer in churches and at Planned Parenthood facilities specifically for the conversion of the nations (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God) where they are prayed. Efforts to transform a society to service of God must begin with prayer and be constantly fueled by prayer. The specific prayers promoted in this campaign were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII, who composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel for the protection of Christians against evil and for the freedom of Russians to practice their religion.
Visit our web site www.DefendTheFamily.org and read our report on How the Vatican can Save Souls from Planned Parenthood.
Download the prayer card and begin saying the prayers privately after Mass.
Sign the Declaration of Support for Pope Francis on the website.
The most important thing is that you and your family immediately start to say the prayers after Mass.
You can also tell other parishioners about the prayers and the Defend the Family campaign and ask them to join you.
Ask your parish priest if you can include an announcement about the campaign in your parish bulleting.
Perhaps Father can make an ongoing mention of the campaign during the announcements at Mass.
Tell people in nearby parishes about the Defend the Family campaign.
Use your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to tell your friends about the campaign and ask them to get involved.
Discuss the campaign among your family and friends.
You can also organize and host an after Mass coffee social where people can meet and share new ideas.
Absolutely, yes. This campaign is for everyone. You can:
Read the report on How the Vatican can save souls from Planned Parenthood that is on our website in four languages.
Understand that having the Catholic Church declare Planned Parenthood an enemy will have effects outside the Catholic community. All families will benefit from having Planned Parenthood’s influence decline in our culture.
Planned Parenthood is, in fact, the enemy of all religions that believe in God and, especially, those who proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
American Life League is here to assist you if you want to try and convince your own religious denomination or individual church to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy. Contact us at [email protected] or call our offices at 540-659-4171 and ask to speak to the leader of our Defend the Family campaign.
There are five major parts to this effort:
- We want Planned Parenthood declared an enemy of the Church.
- We will send a declaration of support, signed by everyone who wants to lend their name to this effort, to Pope Francis.
- We want to institute the prayers after Masses to pray that every country will be converted from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God.
- We will send a spiritual bouquet from all who participate to Pope Francis.
- We will solicit the intercession of our Blessed Mother.
Planned Parenthood as an enemy of the Church
Planned Parenthood is an organization founded in 1916 with three basic principles – uninhibited sexual activity, small families (less than 3 children), and eugenics (purification of the human race through selective breeding). Planned Parenthood adheres to a philosophy that God may or may not exist, but He has no effect here on earth. Man is in charge All rules are relative and can vary.
Planned Parenthood obtains the money to spread its philosophies through sex-based clinics that sell birth control and related products to young women and girls. In the United States, it receives half of its billion dollar annual income from government programs.
Yes. As part of this campaign, American Life League has produced a report, The Vatican can help save souls from Planned Parenthood in 2014, which documents how Planned Parenthood targets the Church. That report is available in English, Spanish, Italian and French on our www.DefendTheFamily.org website.
Do you have a document that summarizes why Planned Parenthood is evil and should be opposed?
In addition to the report referenced in question #17, we have a brochure, Why Do We Oppose Planned Parenthood? that is available in English from the American Life League resource department (540-659-4171). It can also be ordered online at www.ProLifeGear.com.
Another great brochure is Planned Parenthood Steals Souls which is also available in English and Spanish from our resource department and online.
Are there online resources that would document these same things?
American Life League’s STOPP International program maintains a website, www.STOPP.org, that is dedicated solely to educating the public on what is wrong with Planned Parenthood and how to successfully fight against it. You will find additional resources there.
As shown in the documents and on the website mentioned above, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and its country affiliates are creating the problems which are causing the moral decay of our culture. It’s total dedication to, and insistence on, recreational sex and the killing of children through abortion make it the single most harmful influence on society.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation currently operates in over 160 countries around the world. In most countries, it goes by a name other than Planned Parenthood, but they are all part of the Planned Parenthood network. A list of all of IPPF’s affiliates can be found at: http://www.ippf.org/our-work/where-we-work
The family is the cradle of life and the cradle of the Church. Planned Parenthood exists to rob the cradle and destroy the family. It pits itself directly against the Church in its bid to do so.
While Planned Parenthood pretends to nurture healthy families through its deadly birth control, sex instruction, and abortion agenda, it is an exemplification of the dragon of the apocalypse in the New Testament. It waits, then lunges to devour our children. If it fails at killing them by abortion, it tenaciously pursues them, luring them into the lair of sexual depravity and spiritual death. While it claims to be a champion of women, Planned Parenthood is the cause for their despair and death.
Planned Parenthood has a very effective public relations effort and is continually portraying itself as a good organization. As was pointed out in our report (mentioned in question #17), many bishops have commented that Catholics are being led astray or are confused by the propaganda from Planned Parenthood. A clear statement by the Church that IPPF, and all its country affiliates, is an enemy will clear up much confusion.
What is to be gained from this?
Such a declaration will give clear guidance to clergy and laity that they should never cooperate with Planned Parenthood in any way. It will also allow Church leaders to take the necessary steps to prevent Planned Parenthood employees or volunteers from serving in positions of responsibility in parishes or dioceses.
It is our hope that by issuing such a declaration regarding Planned Parenthood, all active Catholics will have a clear understanding of the danger posed to their souls by Planned Parenthood, and will immediately cease any and all relationships with the organization altogether.
How will this help protect families?
By removing Planned Parenthood’s influence from our schools and other institutions, it will give parents the opportunity to instruct their children and spread their faith without having to fight IPPF. Children will receive a clear message that what Planned Parenthood does is evil and they will not be as susceptible to IPPF’s publicity campaigns and sales pitches.
Historically, popes have identified and condemned organizations which pose a grave threat to the Catholic Church. In 1738, Pope Clement XII issued a clear and strict condemnation of Freemasonry. His condemnation was so firm that Catholics were forbidden, under pain of excommunication, to join a Masonic lodge, to receive Freemasons into their homes, to be present with them, “to help them in any way, to give them in any way advice, encouragement or support either openly or in secret, directly or indirectly, on their own or through others.” http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Clem12/c12inemengl.htm
In 1949, Pope Pius XII issued a Decree Against Communism, wherein all Catholics who vote for a communist, who join a communist party, or who write pro-communist books or magazines are excluded from the sacraments. Furthermore, those Catholics who defend, promulgate or declare Communist Materialism are also automatically excommunicated. http://www.montfort.org.br/old/index.php?artigo=anticomunismo&lang=eng&secao=documentos&subsecao=decretos
While all abortion providers commit grave sin by ending the lives of human beings created by God, Planned Parenthood goes well beyond killing God’s children. Planned Parenthood specifically targets pre-teens and teens to try to convince them God doesn’t matter and what is most supreme is the joy of uninhibited sex. Planned Parenthood routinely, and as part of its business plan, leads our children into lives of sexual sin and away from God. When taken as a whole, Planned Parenthood is a most hideous organization that specifically intends to thwart the teachings of the Catholic Church.
American Life League offers great informational brochures that break down Planned Parenthood’s history, plans and methods on how they impose and implement their anti-life, anti-family agendas in our communities.
You can visit www.DefendTheFamily.org to order some of these items or download and print materials from our web site. You can also share links online via email or social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
You can subscribe to a semi-monthly e-newsletter, the Wednesday STOPP Report, to stay informed on what Planned Parenthood is doing today and how people are having success in stopping PP. You can see the most recent issues and sign up for the FREE e-newsletter at: http://www.stopp.org/wsr.php.
You can also arrange for a knowledgeable speaker to come to your community to speak about Planned Parenthood and meet with local church and civic leaders. You can arrange a speaker by e-mailing Bridget Carroll ([email protected]) or “Mike” Sedlak ([email protected]) at American Life League.
We are very concerned with the souls and well-being of those who work at Planned Parenthood. This is why we pray for them without ceasing. This is why pro-life groups reach out to offer them assistance to escape the abortion industry. This is why pro-life groups on the sidewalk act as barriers between them and those who would do them harm. Certainly, they are among those whose conversion (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God) we pray for.
We do not seek to have Planned Parenthood personnel declared enemies of the Church.
We pray for them to leave Planned Parenthood and amend their lives. The object of the campaign is to have institutional Planned Parenthood declared an enemy of the Church so that people will come to know and understand that:
Planned Parenthood promotes an evil agenda and is directly responsible for the death of more than 6 million tiny children killed in its facilities through surgical and medical abortion (and millions more through its “contraceptive” products).
With its population control, perverse promiscuous sex instruction, and abortion business, Planned Parenthood acts in direct contradiction to the Catholic faith.
In its attempt to use birth control and homosexual marriage as a wedge to take away religious freedom, Planned Parenthood directly attacks the Catholic Church.
Planned Parenthood sells products to women that suppress their body’s natural function and create a host of physical problems. In addition, the lifestyle advocated for women by Planned Parenthood leads to multiple sexual partners and exposure to severe diseases. Just about all the so-called “good” services of Planned Parenthood (cancer tests, STI testing and treatment, etc.) are treating the results from the products and lifestyle PP pushes. Far from being part of the solution, Planned Parenthood is the problem. You can see scientific proof of the harm done by products distributed by Planned Parenthood at www.ThePillKills.com.
In the past, Planned Parenthood’s propaganda machine had been able to establish an image of respectability that would have made the declaration we are asking for difficult to obtain. But, over the last few years, the number of groups willing to tell the truth about Planned Parenthood has grown. So too has the number of former Planned Parenthood employees who are willing to tell the truth about what goes on behind closed doors. In addition, Planned Parenthood has become more brazen in its public efforts against the Catholic Church.
For all of these reasons, this is the right time to pursue this declaration.
Join the Defend the Family Campaign. You are also encouraged to contact your local bishop to ask him to join the campaign and build a diocese-wide effort.
Letters to your local Catholic newspapers or to national Catholic publications are also helpful.
Review the answers to questions #11 thru #14 above.
You can have an educational program to explain the campaign to your members.
You can encourage Catholics in your group to say the prayers after Mass.
You can encourage non-Catholics in your group to spread the message about Planned Parenthood and follow the suggestions in question #14 above.
If your group already conducts a Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary campaign, you can add the specific prayer to defend the Family to that effort.
If you do not already conduct that campaign, consider starting it now. See http://www.stopp.org/article.php?id=7034 for further information.
As has been done in the past, the pope could issue such a declaration through a Decree or a Papal Bull. Go to the links in the answer to question #22 to see samples of past papal declarations.
It all depends upon the penalties imposed by the decree itself. If the decree issues the penalty of excommunication for participating with, promoting or receiving honors from Planned Parenthood, then all such public Catholics will continue on with such things after the decree will be excommunicated. If the penalty is interdict, then they will be interdicted. In Roman Catholic canon law, an interdict is an ecclesiastical censure that excludes individuals or groups from certain rites of the Church, though they do not cease to be members of the Church. Excommunication, on the other hand, is more severe in that it may indicate a complete expulsion.
It must be understood that these penalties are not punishments, but are in fact remedies imposed in order to help guide a particular soul back to the path of Salvation. And when done publicly, the remedy is also an attempt to guard against the scandal caused by these public officials. And so, as a result, even if the public official continues down the path away from the Church, at the very least, fewer Catholics will be inclined to support them because of their offenses against the Church Herself.
It depends upon the penalties identified in the Pope’s decree.
See Question #32.
We are working on this list, which changes with each election, so that at the appropriate time we can publish it immediately.
Declaration of encouragement to the pope
The Declaration of Encouragement to the Holy Father can be found on the campaign website: www.DefendTheFamily.org. Essentially, the Declaration acknowledges the Holy Father’s public statements and requests concerning the family since the beginning of his pontificate. Further, the Declaration informs the Holy Father that we are listening, that we agree and that we are pledging to heed his words. Specifically, those who sign the Declaration are pledging to pray the prayers after Mass, for the conversion of our country (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God) and the defense of our families; work to expose the destructive actions of the devil, particularly the work of Planned Parenthood; and continue to Defend the Family and its sacred nature from all attacks.
The Declaration of Encouragement will be active until the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Copies of the document will be delivered to Pope Francis several times over that period, the first is scheduled to coincide with the preliminary Synod in October 2014.
The Declaration of Encouragement to the Holy Father is not a demand; it asks nothing of the Holy Father. On the contrary, it was written in a spirit of charity and humility acknowledging all that the Holy Father has publicly stated and requested from us since the beginning of his pontificate. The Declaration assures the Holy Father of our prayers for his efforts and pledges our continued prayers and support. Also included with the Declaration of Encouragement is a Spiritual Bouquet for Pope Francis (see questions #50 – #52).
The Prayers After Masses
The prayers after Mass are the Hail Mary, said three times; the Hail Holy Queen; and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Why do we pray them?
We are praying these prayers for the conversion of individual countries (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God) which will result in the protection of the family.
Where do we pray them?
The prayers can be recited immediately after Mass ends, while kneeling in the pew.
With whom do we pray them?
The prayers can be said alone, with your family, or with a group immediately after Mass.
How do I get a copy of them?
A copy of the prayers is available on the American Life League’s website at www.DefendTheFamily.org.
The Catholic Church has a long history of instituting prayers after Mass in times of great crisis. Here are some examples from fairly recent history:
In 1859, Pius IX ordered that special public prayers — three Hail Mary’s, the Salve Regina, a versicle and a Collect — be recited after Mass in all churches within the Papal States. The prayers were not obligatory in other countries, but Pius urged Catholics everywhere to pray for the defeat of the enemies of the Church
In 1884, Pope Leo XIII decreed that the prayers Pius IX had prescribed for churches in the Papal States be recited after Low Mass in churches throughout the world, “so that the Christian people would implore God with common prayer for that very thing which benefits the whole Christian commonwealth.” At the same time, the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel was added.
In 1904, St. Pius X allowed priests to add the threefold invocation “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us” after the prayer to St. Michael. He did not make the practice obligatory, but it was generally adopted by priests throughout the world.
In a 1930 address to the College of Cardinals, Pius XI decreed a new intention for the Prayers after Low Mass. Namely. Christ “permit tranquility and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia.”
In this time of great crisis, we hope that priests (in their parishes), bishops and cardinals (in their dioceses) and the Pope himself see the need for such prayers and encourage the use of this soul-saving remedy. Eventually, we pray that these prayers after Mass will become the norm throughout the world.
In our initial discussions with Vatican officials concerning our desire to have Planned Parenthood declared an enemy of the Church, they encouraged us to pursue our goal. They advised, however, that this effort would require a great deal of prayer support and one prelate specifically suggested having the faithful say prayers after Mass.
During this time when the traditional, natural family is being weakened, true marriage is under attack, the secular world is attempting to force Catholics (and other Christians) to violate their consciences and secularists are terribly distorting if not completely suppressing a faithful Catholic voice in the public square, we need all the extra prayers we can muster! We must beg God to protect our families and the Church from the devil’s attacks. The intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Michael are necessary as well.
The prayers can be recited in less than 3 minutes.
Mary is the one through whom God chose to send the Savior of the world. He could have sent Him any way he chose, but he chose to send Christ through Mary. For that reason, we take our petitions to Mary, asking her to use the power granted to her by God for the conversion of America and all nations (from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God), and for the grace of stopping Planned Parenthood.
At American Life League, Mary is front and center in all we do. She is the swift and sure path to victory over the culture of death and the conversion of nations.
In 2009 – 2010, American Life League designed and then launched our Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary campaign. We specifically dedicated the fight against Planned Parenthood to the Blessed Mother. Since then, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the closings of Planned Parenthood locations. Specifically, in the five years before 2009, we saw a net closing of 28 clinics. In the last five years, Planned Parenthood has closed a net of 149 clinics.
Building on this obvious success, we will:
- Formally dedicate our Defend the Family effort to our Blessed Mother.
- Encourage everyone involved in the Mary Campaign and the Defend the Family campaign to join with each other and get involved in both activities.
- We also encourage individuals and groups to say the Novena to Mary, Mother of Life for the protection of all preborn babies. Learn more about it here.
What can I do to facilitate the recitation of these prayers?
Talk with your fellow parishioners about the Defend the Family Campaign. Organize a group of prayer warriors who will commit to saying the prayers after each Mass.
Can you help me talk to my priest about implementing them?
We have information and even prayer cards available on our website at www.DefendTheFamily.org
Must I have permission to recite the prayers after Mass by myself or with a group?
No. The important thing to remember is that these are prayers after Mass. We are not seeking any change to the Mass itself. Catholics are always free to remain in their pews for a time after Mass and say prayers or meditate.
Can I talk to my parish priest about instituting the prayers or do I have to go to my local bishop?
While you do not need permission to pray after Mass, if you want to have a group say the prayers out loud, we do recommend you let your priest know about the Defend the Family campaign. Tell him why you would like to participate. He may want to join you or even lead the prayers after the Mass ends.
Yes, here is a sample that you can use (put your country’s name):
Defend the Family
The family is under attack by Planned Parenthood and its hedonistic philosophies. Now is the time for you to act. You are invited to join in the Defend the Family campaign by saying prayers for the “conversion of the United States” from the philosophies of Planned Parenthood to following the Word of God. Say three Hail Marys, one Hail Holy Queen, and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel after each Mass you attend. The prayers can be recited privately or as a group. More information at: www.DefendTheFamily.org.
Although your priest may ask you to stop reciting the prayers out loud, he cannot stop you saying silent prayers that take less than 3 minutes.
Try to find out why your priest has asked you to stop. Did he give any specific reason(s)? Your feedback to us can help us to try and work with you to convince your priest as to why this is a worthwhile and very important effort.
If there are other parishioners involved in saying the prayers, ask them to respectfully talk with the priest. If there are more people joining the campaign and praying the recommended prayers at your parish, it is less likely that you will face opposition from the clergy at your parish.
You may also take your concerns to the bishop in your diocese to try to resolve any misunderstandings your priest may have about this vital effort.
If these efforts fail, you can always organize a prayer group at someone’s home or at the local Planned Parenthood.
The basic problem is that, because Planned Parenthood operates the largest abortion chain in the United States and pushes for access to abortion around the world, the first reaction of anyone hearing about a campaign against Planned Parenthood assumes it is a pro-life effort.
The Defend the Family campaign is a response (as explained in question #4) to Pope Francis’ calling for Synods of bishops to address how the Church can help families. This effort is specifically designed to help families in a world where they are constantly under attack.
Provide your pastor/bishop with a copy of the basic document How the Vatican can save souls from Planned Parenthood. Ask that they read the document and notice the reasons given for asking that Planned Parenthood be declared an enemy of the Church.
This is a pro-family, pro-God work. When explained in that way, you may find your pastor and bishop more inclined to be involved.
One word of caution. It has been the experience of many pastors that parishioners ask to get the parish involved in activities and then the parishioners disappear, leaving the pastor with the responsibility to run the effort. When you seek support of your pastor, make it clear that you will take care of all the details. All that is needed from him is to allow the activity to take place and let others know through the bulletin or announcements that the activity is happening.
A spiritual bouquet is simply a collection of prayers, sacrifices, and devotional acts chosen and performed by one person for the benefit of another. The idea is that each prayer is like a flower and that the group is like a bouquet mystically offered as a gift to God for a particular intention.
We are sending a spiritual bouquet to let the Holy Father know that we are praying for him and his efforts. Specifically, we pray that God will look favorably on the work of His apostle, Francis; that God will give him strength to truly defend the family throughout the world and to protect the family from all known enemies. All are invited to add their prayers, sacrifices and devotional acts to this bouquet.
American Life League has two major publications: Celebrate Life Magazine and Judie Brown’s ALL NEWS. Delivery of the spiritual pledges will be covered in these publications and will also be the subject of ALL press releases. By going to www.all.org and signing up for ALL’s mailing list, you will be sure to know about delivery as soon as it happens.