It’s High Time to Say Goodbye to the March for Life

Editor’s Note: We believe that considering and discussing multiple perspectives on the future of the pro-life movement and social conservatism in general is important at this time in our nation’s history. The following, therefore, is the opinion of the author and not the position of 1P5. 

That the national March for Life has been laid to rest for 2021 is a fitting emblem of our cultural shift. I can’t think of a more appropriate bellwether for the years ahead. We’d be wise to heed it.

No, no, the March isn’t cancelled, it’s just virtual, you say? Well that’s ironic. An unseen event (“we are asking all participants to stay home” said the announcement) attesting to the real humanity of the unseen unborn child?

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Catholic saints among those to be honored in garden of American heroes announced by Trump

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2021 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- The National Garden of American Heroes will include statues of many notable Catholic figures, including five saints and numerous people who are on the path to sainthood.

President Donald Trump announced in an executive order Jan. 18 that a garden will be built to “reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism,” and to serve as a response to the spate of vandalism on statues during the summer of 2020.

“On (the National Garden’s) grounds, the devastation and discord of this moment will be overcome with abiding love of country and lasting patriotism,” said Trump. “America is responding to the tragic toppling of monuments to our founding generation and the giants of our past by commencing a new national project for their restoration, veneration, and celebration.”

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Death of pro-life icon on MLK’s day is “fitting,” family says

CNA Staff, Jan 18, 2021 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- The passing of pro-life icon Joseph M. Scheidler, 93, former National Director of the Pro-Life Action League on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day, is “absolutely fitting,” his son Erik Scheidler told CNA after confirming his father’s death on Monday, January 18.

Joe Scheidler left his career in public relations to devote his life to the pro-life movement in 1973, immediately after the Supreme Court decided Roe v Wade in favor of legalizing abortion. 

He was especially famous for his long legal battle against the National Organization for Women (NOW), which cost him and his wife Anne many years of financial and emotional distress but ended in a landmark decision securing the right to protest abortion facilities around the country.

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Rolheiser: Grieving Death

Most of us are familiar with the story of Zorba the Greek, either through Nikos Kazantzakis’ famous book or through the movie. Well, Zorba was not a fictional character. He was a real person, Alexis Zorba, who had such a larger-than-life personality and energy that when he died, Kazantzakis found his death very difficult to accept, incredulous that such energy, verve, and color were mortal.

On learning of Zorba’s death, this was Kazantzakis’ reaction:

 “I closed my eyes and felt tears rolling slowly, warmly down my cheeks. He’s dead, dead, dead. Zorba is gone, gone forever. The laughter is dead, the song cut off, the santir broken, the dance on the seaside pebbles has halted, the insatiable mouth that questioned with such incurable thirst is filled now with clay. … Such souls should not die. Will earth, water, fire, and chance ever be able to fashion a Zorba again? … It was as though I believed him to be immortal.”

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Ensemble, demeurer en Lui: la semaine de l’unité des chrétiens 2021

La semaine de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens se déroule du 16 au 24 janvier 2021. Chez nous, elle est organisée par le conseil interconfessionnel chrétien de la région de Québec. Le thème pour cette année de ce beau temps de communion est « Demeurez dans mon amour et vous porterez du fruit en abondance » (cf. Jn 15, 1-17).

L’Église catholique de Québec souligne ce moment important de notre année par de nombreux événements, malgré les restrictions sanitaires, et notamment par des diffusions sur le web.

Le Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archevêque de Québec et Mgr Bruce Myers, OGS, Évêque du Diocèse Anglican de Québec, témoignent d’une belle et profonde fraternité dans le Christ. Cette communion est fondée sur la Parole de Dieu, sur laquelle ils partagent en nous conviant à leur rencontre en ce premier dimanche de la Semaine de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens, le 17 janvier 2021.

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