- The USCCB announced that Cardinal Cupich is running to head the Pro-Life Office of the USCCB. Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, KS is also running. Naumann has taken some very strong stands for life as opposed to Cupich. The latter, while Bishop of Spokane, forbade his priests and seminarians to participate in the 40 Days For Life campaign. Moreover, he is clearly a "seamless garbage" devotee. Cupich is a papal favorite. If he wins that election, the USCCB Pro-Life office will be worthless, at best.
- Archbishop Paglia announced that his newly-bastardized Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will "revamp its pro-life efforts" to elevate "seamless garbage" crap to the level of importance due to abortion and other intrinsic evils.
- "Seamless garbage" groups such as Rehumanize International and "New Pro-Life Movement" are aggressively pushing the same stuff, diluting the true pro-life message and giving legitimacy to those promoting mortal sins against life and family.
All of these indicate to me that there is a renewed, coordinated campaign - orchestrated from on high - to bring Catholics in the pro-life movement under the thumbs of the progressives in Church hierarchy. I say "renewed" because I believe there has always been an effort to "bring us to heel" as it were. How many times have parish pro-life groups attempted to proclaim to their parishes the solemn obligation to defend life, only to be muzzled? We in the parishes have perceived little (if any) real leadership from the archdiocesan pro-life office. I don't know what they do, outside of the Mass and "youth rally" before the March for Life. They never joined in any of the efforts against Carhart in Germantown if pictures of abortion victims were displayed.
Decades ago, I learned that if I was to work effectively in the movement, I had to do so outside the parish structure and under no auspices of any archdiocesan organization. At the time, I was merely trying to circumvent archdiocesan inertia. Now we need to work around something far more insidious.