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Priests exorcise abortion clinic

Priests exorcise abortion clinic

FOLLOWING a row that erupted in Arizona after a Republican “pro-life” politician, Terri Proud, suggested that she would like women to be forced to watch an abortion before having one, comes the news that an “exorcism” outside an abortion clinic had been approved by the Catholic Church in Cincinnati.

According to this report, the Rev Steve J Angi, chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, gave permission to priests to say exorcism prayers at a rally outside the clinic.  The anti-abortion group holding the exorcism is called “40 Days For Life”.

Ruth Reddens, an organiser of the 40 Days for Life campaign that planned the vigil, sought Angi’s permission to perform the “exorcism of locality,” designed to drive evil out of a place, rather than out of a person. She said:

Hopefully, the spiritual battle will be won.

Those participating in the rally and exorcism read the Prayer to St Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886.

It reads, in part:

Seize the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit, that he may no longer seduce the nations.

Said the Rev Earl Fernandes, dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio seminary in Cincinnati:

This (prayer) is said over a place that’s infested with the evil spirit, to remove any evil that might happen to be there.

On “40 Days For Life” website blog, the group boasts that since their prayers began, various abortionists recommended against abortion or even quit.  They call this a victory and babies’ lives were saved.

The website also shares a video from Priest for Life on their site.  The one in the video, Fr Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, calls Women’s Centers “killing centers” and encourages people to pray against abortions.  He also labels it a “Holocaust”.

The group plans prayer vigils at the Cincinnati clinic all throughout March.

Back, briefly, to the lunatic Terri Proud. She said in an email to a constituent:

Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a ‘surgical procedure’.

Hat Tip: Pete H (Proud report)

62 responses to “Priests exorcise abortion clinic”

  1. Jacob Jonker. says:

    Roman Catholicism is incompatible and exclusive, but is hegemonic in the sense that it, this institution, claims everybody’s soul, no matter what people believe. There is no doubt this Church has a strong spiritual/psychological hold on a certain type of people. However, it is a socio-cultural construct for purely political purposes.

  2. john.c says:

    Lets have a lot more born again atheists then, the transition from delusional robot to thinking rationalist should produce a heavenly sense of ammusement once the incredulity of faith is revealed.I suppose a few might get depressed at how much of their lives they have wasted,in which case, theres always jesus and mo.

  3. Jacob Jonker. says:

    john.c, it’s not that simple. If I were to tell you that your thinking is more robotic than many a Roman Catholic, you would strongly disagree, yet Atheists by conviction, as opposed to political/commercial strategy(Dawkins?), are of a state of mind which is similar to the blind faith of religious believers. Once you understand this, you will become an agnostic, though your stridently militant opposition to Abrahmic religious institutions would stay, if my impression of you, and most genuine Atheists, is correct. So, for many ex-believers there would be a sense of loss too,especially when leaving the RCC,due to the psychological and cultural content of that institution. It caters for a human need, ritual, aesthetics, the sense of belonging, etc., which Atheists don’t understand (As you can guess, I’m not an Atheist. I’m a freed self-thinker. I used to be vaguely agnostic, until I saw the Intelligence behind and through the Universe). For a start,incredulity of faith has its compensations. Also, to make it more complicated, there are different kinds of faith,psychologically speaking. Atheists have their own faith(There is no God/eternal intelligence/etc.). Atheism is a natural reaction against organised religion,especially Abrahmic religion, due to its obnoxious, virulent political psychological strategies, and against the hypocrisy, bigotry and blind stupidity of religious believers- again, I think, especially Abrahmic religious believers can be rather unbalanced, unhinged even, as you’ll agree. So leaving a Faith would not always be an occasion of feeling re-born,the more since being born again is a psychological transformation quite different from losing faith in the notion of God.

  4. barriejohn says:

    Oh, no – another fucking “agnostic”! You’re talking drivel, Jacob Bonkers, just because you don’t want to be accused of having a “closed mind” like the mad fundamentalists. Well, let me tell you that I was a member of the Plymouth Brethren for years, due to childhood indoctrination, having never experienced that “conversion” which most of them had, but that when the scales fell from my eyes I knew exactly what it was that they were talking about, because I was truly “born again”. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Hallelujah – Praise the Lord!

  5. Jacob Jonker. says:

    Hold your horses,barriejohn. You can go from believer to Atheist, but not from Atheist straight to being gnostic. So I was talking about Atheists converting to agnosticism, then, in due course, they’d become gnostic. I’m a gnostic, not agnostic. I believe in Intelligence, Eternal and All. You, evidently, are not Atheist as I assumed, sorry. Of course you can go from being a blind religious believer to being enlightened. You are a lucky person indeed.

  6. barriejohn says:

    I am an atheist, as I do not accept the existence of any “spiritual realm” whatsoever. If you believe, for whatever reason, in some sort of “intelligence” behind the universe, then that makes you a deist, plain and simple. You can dress that belief up however you like, but just because you don’t give your intelligence a funny name, or pretend that you know all about its “personality”, you are no less a deist than the Jahwists.

  7. D. Austin says:

    @Marky Mark

    Seems the evidence doesn’t support your version.
    Rather than an innocent child, he was a violent thief and thug.

  8. Jacob Jonker. says:

    @barriejohn. Eternal IT has no personality(that I know of). Does your computer software have a personality? Eternal IT is simply a universal form of IT. But yes, it’s obvious many people have been short-changed, but that is only a temporary condition. Human society is evolutionary.

  9. barriejohn says:

    I’m giving up, JJ. You now claim, just like the religionists, to know things about this “eternal intelligence” (of which there is no evidence) – just like they do! You’re not really NeoWolfe, are you?

  10. Jacob Jonker. says:

    No, don’t give up,Atheist. Once the penny drops, you will see the point clearly, and still be an Atheist if you wish, but instead of being against something you claim not to believe in, you will decline to work with meta-psychological constructs you understand do exist. Intelligence can be seen all around. You too have it in abundance. What stops you seeing it(using it)is a meta-psychological construct(Atheism) which formed as a reaction to particular strains of Christian religion; To Wit: Roman Catholicism and the more strident of the Protestants. You want evidence of Christian Gods. The evidence is what people do and say. The entire man-made world and what is written is evidence of thought,mental constructs,meta-psychological steering programs and pre-meta-psychological sub-quantum genetically re-enforced Archetypes. Look inside any old cathedral. Say, Chartres. You would think this is intelligence invented by human beings- No more, no less. Yet modern science has not come within reach of understanding how the universe works, how it began,etc. As an aside, Atheists have yet to learn to think for themselves. Now, don’t spit the dummy. For Atheists it is early days yet. Religion took thousands of years to develop. In the West, Atheism is only a few hundred years old. That means its Archetype is rather young and undeveloped. Once Atheists understand they ought to develop their own Archetype, they will begin to make an inroads into the decaying Abrahmic Archetypes. Sofar, Atheists are ranting and raving blindly at believers, thereby strengthening the hold Abrahmic institutions have on believers. This would be worth a blog, I suppose, but it is plain common sense, so really a bit ridiculous that it should even be explained. Most Atheists(neo-Atheists) are smitten with Dawkins and Co. So you are followers. You can’t think for yourself. Even Dawkins is all bluff and bluster when it comes down to intelligence. That’s why he likes a forum which he can dominate. So,Intelligence eternal: To a degree, I rely on Eastern philosophy and my own reasoning, but without modern science I would not have intellectually got as far. Without modern science it is sheer intuition and reasoned logic. With Cosmology, Astronomy and quantum physics the picture can be ascribed with certainty. So the likes of Dawkins and Co don’t see it. They have their own agenda- Cultivate a following by fomenting a semi-religious fervour, stop reasoned argument in favour of whipping up anti-religious hysteria and ideology. I explained in an earlier comment why intelligence would have to be eternal. The key is quantum physics and Cosmology. Matter consists of nothing, comes out of nothing and disappears back into nothing. The sub-quantum soup is where matter is formed. If you look at the universe, nature and humanity, you cannot convince yourself that it was and is put together without intelligence. Again, no matter how many stages you go back to find the source of this intelligence, there will be no end to it. This is Western Cosmologists and philosophers talking. Think about it.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Rubbish!

  12. Jacob Jonker. says:

    Quick thinking…,or an automatonism!