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