Ruth Sent Us, a pro-abortion group that employs disruptive protests to make its point, is organizing what they hope will be a massive protest at the doors of Catholic churches this Sunday, May 8, which is Mother’s Day. On a Twitter post, Ruth Sent Us wrote over a video of women shouting inside a church, some of them dressed up like handmaids from the fictional novel A Handmaid’s Tale, “Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice’, ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe. Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8.”
Five Justices of the Supreme Court favored Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that was leaked to the public, in which Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were overturned. Not all of those Justices are Catholic. Neil Gorsuch is Episcopalian. And not all Catholic Justices favored Justice Alito’s draft opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor are both Catholic, and they did not vote in favor of Alito’s draft. So, the claim that six “extremist” Catholic Justices set out to overturn Roe is just factually wrong. No matter. Injecting a bit of anti-Catholicism into your movement never hurt anyone!
There has been a surge of attacks on Catholic churches across the country the last year or more. Over 100 attacks, including painting Nazi symbols on churches, desecrating statues, arson and even someone driving a car into a church. After the SCOTUS draft opinion was leaked, Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder, CO was attacked. Graffiti messages such as “Hands off My Uterus,” “Abort Catholicism,” and “Jesus Loves Abortion” were featured in the attack, which also included breaking stained-glass windows, desecrating a statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta, and destroying a pro-life display of crosses. CatholicVote has called on Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice to investigate the rash of attacks on Catholic churches. CatholicVote has also called on President Joe Biden to condemn the attacks. No response has been received from either the DOJ or our “devout Catholic” president.
Ruth Sent Us has also published the home addresses of the six Justices they identify as “extreme” because they either voted to overturn Roe and Casey, or to limit it. They are organizing what they call “Walk-by Wednesday” for May 11 where protesters, presumably, will walk by the homes of these six Justices. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, and the country will avoid yet another series of “peaceful protests” this summer.
How to respond to the potential for protesters showing up at your parish this Sunday and attempting to disrupt Mass? Well, I say fight fire with fire. Of course, their fire consists of shouts, curses, insults (and will hopefully not go beyond that). Our fire is a Person with a Name, and His Name is the Holy Spirit. Public prayer and standing in quiet witness to the virtues of the Gospel and the dignity of all human life can only serve to dissipate the anger of pro-abortion advocates, or at least mitigate the possibility of violence. If you must say something, say the rosary. Jesus stood in silent witness to the truth before Pontius Pilate and those leaders of the Jews who sought to condemn Him. That silence led to His death, true. But that death was His victory over sin and led forward to His resurrection.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.