The White Lily Blog


Is Pro-Life Winning?

Joe Jensen, the youth outreach activist employed by Chicago’s venerable Pro-Life Action League, has recently written a piece for the Bellarmine Forum in which he discusses the gains the pro-life movement has achieved since 1973.  It’s a lot, according to the report.  Jensen lists these accomplishments:  it has kept abortion and its 55 million victims in American faces on the front pages of hometown newspapers, with graphic photos and sickening details ; because of this steady media attention, more people are becoming pro-life, including most doctors, who now refuse to do abortions, and also, with all the attention to health code violations and numerous abuses, many ‘clinics’ have been shut down.  Even more significant, there is a strongly growing trend in tough legislation protecting the baby at a state level.  Besides all that, help is being offered to women through the many sidewalk counselors, pregnancy resource centers, and counseling initiatives like Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard.

These are real achievements, and the growing anti-abortion trend is so clear that even NPR’s recent segment on abortion reported that the Supreme court has become much more ‘conservative’ and may surprise us and reverse its decades-long promotion of infant death by calling those buffer zones around clinics that limit access to sidewalk counselors to the women entering to abort ‘unconstitutional.’ Yes!

But hold the champagne. Continue reading



Really Pro-Life Platform for a Christian Third Party

The Spanish have a saying, Pan para hoy, hambre para mañana, or Bread for today, hunger for tomorrow, and that just about nails down the economic implications of the rush for homosexual marriage. Businesses filed Friend of the Court briefs in huge numbers before the Supreme Court decision, and Marriott summed it up in their celebratory statement as reported by NPR: gays have more disposable income than families with kids, and we want that dough. Mars bars, Apple, Starbucks, Amazon, New York Life and Levi Strauss, 278 in all were eager to throw marriage under the bus for a cut of the action.

That bread dough has a shelf-life, of course. It expires with the next generation–oops, what generation? And then we shall know the hunger. Continue reading



Once Again, Obama is the Spirit of the Council

During the Obama election campaign, this blog published a link to  liberal Catholic  magazine America that made the audacious claim that Obama was “the spirit of Vatican II.”  The magazine got it right. Obama’s take on secularism is exactly the take on secularism put forward by the Council, including his HHS legislation requiring Catholic institutions to offer what every other institution is offering: abortion and contraception. Continue reading



Poor Philippines, It’s Your Turn

Once again Vatican II has been named in a political struggle between pro-life Catholics and liberal Catholics who would institute public policy at variance with Catholic teaching, and thereby do economic and ecological harm.   Continue reading



Perhaps It’s Not the End

It certainly seems that we are at the end of the world. Continue reading



Does Benedict Know That Rome is Burning?

When Pope Benedict XVI met with the new US Ambassador to the Vatican this last week pro-life Catholics had to hear his welcoming remarks to Miguel Diaz with surprise and pain. The Associated Press report quoted the Holy Father’s enthusiastic endorsement of the US’s “vibrant democracy” and his gushing support for Obama’s efforts to provide government health care for all, sentiments not shared by American bishops on the ground in the political carnage. Continue reading



The Council Pow-Wow and Pro-Life

Pro-life Catholics usually take the attitude toward pro-choice Catholic politicians that they are ‘renegade Catholics,’ acting outside the teaching of the Church regarding the definition of human life. We marvel that ‘dissidents’ continue to function within Catholic circles, unchallenged, receiving communion, teaching at Catholic schools, and even living in Catholic seminaries and convents.

Why is error so persistent? Isn’t Catholicism clear? Continue reading