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Fr. Paul’s Lectures at the Institute of Catholic Culture

During the month of October, Fr. Paul Schenck is presenting lectures on the Feasts of the Jews at the Institute of Catholic Culture. If you are unable to attend the lectures in person, you can view them by clicking here.

 

Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass

Here’s the Closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom on July 4, 2012, courtesy of EWTN. Thousands filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception overflowing into aisles and up against doors to the basilica’s exterior. See more about the significance of this Mass and video of NPLC’s Father Paul Schenck by clicking here. Highlights of the July 4 Mass include the message from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI read by His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, at 22:35 minutes; the homily by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at 43:50 minutes; and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore at the mark of 1 hour and 42 minutes (1:42). Also see Pope Benedict’s warning to Catholic bishops of the U.S. by clicking here.

Fr. Paul Schenck Blesses Visiting Sisters from Iraq

May 22, 2012 – NPLC Chair Father Paul Schenck and several NPLC allies welcomed Dominican Sisters from Mosul, Iraq to Faith and Action headquarters. Here Father blesses Mother Maria Hanna, O.P., general prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, and Sister Dianna.
Father Schenck said, “We received them as special guests on behalf of the Christians of the United States. These are tremendously courageous women who are mortal danger, operating schools and maternity hospitals in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq. They’re in the process of negotiating with the Iraqi government for the return of 80 of their schools that were nationalized under the regime of Saddam Hussein. They have 140 sisters in Baghdad and are growing, showing that the persecuted Church is the strongest Church.”

Mother Maria, general prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, and Sister Dianna at Faith and Action's missionary center in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Paul Schenck leads Christian delegation welcoming Mother Maria and Sister Dianna of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena from Mosul, Iraq to Washington, D.C.

Blind Chinese Pro-Life Activist Freed in USA

May 21, 2012 – The eyes of the world have been fixed on blind Chinese pro-life lawyer and activist Chen Guancheng since he escaped house arrest on April 22 and fled, with the help of friends, to the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Pro-Life Center’s partner Faith and Action, wrote about our work on Capitol Hill and at the White House in Help Free Chen Guangcheng and His Family and The Truth about Chen Guangcheng.

Chen and his wife had offended Chinese officials by exposing the brutality of their one-child policy, which included arresting pregnant mothers and aborting their innocent babies.

Nearly one month after Chen’s escape, on May 19 he and his family were suddenly rushed out of China. Mr. Chen, his wife Yuan Weijing, and their two children were flown to Newark, New Jersey, and taken to a residence at New York University, where Chen will study law courtesy of the university. The fellowship and housing were arranged by NYU Professor of Law Jerome Cohen, who had befriended Chen years ago.

The National Pro-Life Center thanks everyone who prayed and worked on the Chen family’s behalf.

NDT Television covered Americans cheering for Chen and his gracious statement. Professor Cohen stands next Chen on the right.

As you heard, he urges the entire human family to work for the common good worldwide.

AP interviewed Congressman Chris Smith and Professor Cohen the day after Chen’s arrival.

Other outlets report that while Chen’s nuclear family is safe for now, he is concerned about the safety of his extended family and friends, especially his nephew Chen Kegui, who was arrested for alleged “intentional homicide” after defending his family from Chinese officials in a night raid on their home in Shandong Province.

Click here for Reuters’ account of Chen’s arrival and diplomatic tensions surrounding it.

Among other things, Maxin Duncan and Lily Huo of Reuters wrote:
“Chen’s confinement, his escape and the furor that ensued have made him part of China’s dissident folklore: a blind prisoner outfoxing Communist Party controls in an echo of the man who stood down an army tank near Tiananmen Square in 1989.
“The Chen case comes at a tricky time for China, which is engaged in a leadership change. The carefully choreographed transition already has been knocked out of step by the downfall of ambitious senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai in a scandal linked to the apparent murder of a British businessman.”

Click here for the account by CBS News.

Click here for the BBC coverage.

Above all, we thank God for the Chen family’s safe arrival in the United States. As the National Pro-Life Center sees it, this heroic blind lawyer and his heroic wife are shedding the light on the immutable truth that all human persons are made in the image and likeness of God with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Please continue praying for their intentions. Please pray and work to the best of your ability for justice in the United States and in the whole world.

President of Franciscan University on the Obama/HHS Mandates

March 30, 2012 – Father Terence  Henry, T.O.R., president of Franciscan University of Stuebenville, speaks about the university’s stance on the Obama/HHS mandates demanding that Catholics and others pay for abortion drugs and sterilization procedures

The Schenck Brothers at the Obama Health Care Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 26, 2012 — On the first day of the historic Supreme Court hearings over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama, Father Paul Schenck, chair of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, accompanied his twin brother, Reverend Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action and president of the National Clergy Council. Rob was the first person granted a ticket to hear the oral arguments. The next three tickets were granted to Paul; plus longtime allies Reverend Myke Crowder of the National Clergy Council; and Jordan Sekulow, Esq., executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

Rob’s No. 1 ticket became a news story in and of itself. He and Father were featured on numerous media outlets, including C-SPAN (video below), about what they thought of Obama’s healthcare law and what they witnessed at the hearings.

Click here for Fr. Schenck in BloombergBusinessweek.

And here’s Fr. Schenck on C-SPAN — his interview begins about 25 minutes into the segment

Click here for video Rev. Rob Schenck Reports Just Before Entering the Supreme Court.

As Fr. Schenck and Rev. Schenck were inside the court, National Clergy Council members knelt on the ground outside praying for God’s mercy on our nation. Click here to see an AP photo essay in the Kansas City Star featuring Pastor Mark Morrow of the CrossWalk Community Church in Williamsburg, Virginia (center) reading from his Bible with Pastor Robert Turill of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Peggy Nienaber of Faith and Action and the National Clergy Council.

Immediately upon exiting the hearings, the Schenck brothers were interviewed by a pool of reporters. Click here for Fr. Paul Schenck in Kaiser Health News.


Outside the Supreme Court, a coalition of groups yelled, marched, played loud music and made speeches in favor of Obama’s healthcare law. One group claimed to be “People of Faith for Health Care.” Now, of course people of faith are for health care. But mandated insurance, abortion drugs, and penalties for non-compliance are not health care. So Peggy Nienaber, chief of program for Faith Action, had a chance to converse with some people holding these signs. As it turned out, none could name his choice of religion or a church where he worshiped God. Most likely, as reported by the New York Times and explained by Rev. Mahoney, these demonstrators were part of President Obama’s efforts to imitate our Encircle the Supreme Court with Prayer vigils.

After members of this group spoke to media, Rob defended our First Amendment right to religious freedom before the TV cameras with Fr. Schenck and other National Clergy Council members surrounding him.

Here they are on C-SPAN


Fr. Schenck with reporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For more about the Schenck brothers at the first day of these historic hearings, please click here for the corresponding report at our partner organization Faith and Action and please pray for justice at the court!

Update: Please see more details from our partner organization, Faith and Action, by clicking here.

 

 

 

Fr. Paul Schenck Addresses the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Philadelphia

March 23, 2012 — Father Paul Schenck, chair of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, and his twin brother, Reverend Rob Shenck, president of Faith and Action, were featured speakers at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Philadelphia where 1,000 people gathered to declare their support for the First Amendment right of the Church to exercise our faith free from government interference. At the same time the Philadelphia rally was taking place, one of Faith and Action’s missionaries and director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Pat Mahoney, led over 1,000 people gathered in front of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Stand up for Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C.

To view photos on MSNBC about the rally, click here.  These are great photos; it is unfortunate, however, that the title of the photos demonstrates that MSNBC completely missed the point in their description of why Americans across the nation gathered during the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rallies.

Click here for CBS  local coverage quoting Fr. Schenck.

Click here for Fr. Schenck in the Temple News.

Patricia Januzzi’s video of Father Schenck’s prayer and speech released on May 31

AP interviews Fr. Paul Schenck

Rev. Rob Schenck’s Philadelphia speech


Click here for Rob and Paul in CatholicPhilly, the archdiocese’s official newspaper.

And here is the text of Fr. Schenck’s inspiring message to those gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia:

When my Uncle Abraham, as a young boy, was abducted by Cossacks and held for ransom, his Jewish family decided it was time to flee the Western Pale of old Russia and undertake a harrowing journey seeking political, economic and religious freedom here in America. My father was among the first children born on free soil. My mother’s people, English Catholics, also found political and religious liberty here.

This is why for me it is so troubling what the administration in Washington is doing, violating our unique guarantee of religious freedom, “enshrined in the Constitution” by mandating that Catholics and others violate their faith and cherished beliefs. We must firmly resist and insist that our religious freedom be restored!

In their statement of March 14, the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops described the controversy which engulfs us: “This is about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting of its faithful and all but a few of its institutions—to act against Church teachings. This is not a matter of opposition to universal health care, which has been a concern of the Bishops’ Conference since 1919, virtually at its founding. This is not a fight we want or asked for, but one forced upon us by government on its own timing. Finally, this is not a Republican or Democratic, a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American issue.”

Government is not competent to define religious ministry and mission. The HHS mandate forces a new distinction—something unknown before, either in our tradition or in the law —distinguishing between worship, and charitable service to our neighbors.  The Lord Jesus commanded us to love God in worship, and to love our neighbor in service. These include the poor, the homeless, the sick, students (particularly in our inner cities as well as those preparing for service professions), and others in need, of any faith…or none.

Any law that requires us not to comply with one of these commandments violates our freedom of religion.

Such a law must be rejected, for it undermines the highest principle of our governance enshrined in the free exercise clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, presented 223 years ago by James Madison right here at Liberty Hall. If the HHS restriction of religion stands, it will spread like poison throughout the body politic, eviscerating our enduring tradition of generous respect for religious freedom and diversity and the defense of conscience. Our religious institutions and communities share equally in the very same God-given, legally-recognized right never “to be forced to act in a manner contrary to [our] beliefs.”

Conscientious citizens, and religious communities who only seek to live according to their faith and their moral values, now face a hostile government mandate requiring them to consent to, and act contrary to their sacred beliefs and to their consciences!

This is unprecedented in federal law, which has protected the rights of individuals not to act against their religious beliefs or moral convictions. In doing this, the government has dangerously strayed from its competence, and has threatened the very core of our civic code. This perverse “mandate” must be resisted and the Right to Religious Freedom and Conscience, which are beyond the reach of any government, much less one which claims to be Democratic, must be protected and defended!

In the words of our bishops, “The Catholic Church has consistently supported the rights of religious freedom and conscience, particularly in the area of protecting the dignity of all human life, and we will continue to vigorously do so”! God bless you and God save the United States of America!

Click here for CBN’s report featuring Rev. Mahoney in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read an excellent editorial in the Washington Post by Mary Rose Somarriba about the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C.

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