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"An estimated 2 billion human beings have died through abortion in the last forty years alone. This is something most people don't realise and it needs to be emphasized," says Joseph Meaney, Director of International Coordination at Human Life International. In addition, Meaney pointed out: "its becoming increasingly clear that the vast majority of Americans are against abortion on demand, and over the years more pro-life justices have been appointed to the Court, but yet the law itself and the court's decision has not changed. The result is a growing frustration among Americans that the will of the people is not being respected." 

Today tens of thousands of people will march on Washington DC, to mark this weekend's anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Yesterday, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, celebrated Mass for thousands in DC. Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been aborted, and 300K women developed breast cancer as a result of having an abortion.

ProLife.jpgIn his letter to the priests of the Archdiocese of New York on the founding of the new Pro-Life Commission, Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan said, "These professional men and women, from a variety of backgrounds, fields, and areas of expertise have generously offered their time and talent to engage in research, writing, coordination of events, and so much more on behalf of life.  For this I am most grateful, and look forward to working with them over the years that lie ahead."

I know several of the members and I am confident that the Commission will do good work for Archdiocese of New York and the greater Church.

The Members of the Pro-Life Commission: Pro Life Commission Members, Archdiocese of New York.pdf

Angel Gabriel.jpgToday marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the USA. It is possible according to Law to end a pregnancy throughout all nine months. A prayerful response to this atrocity the Church has proposed to us to observe January 22 as the Day of Prayer and Penance making reparation for the sin the abortion, praying that true freedom would be engaged in respecting all of human life, from conception to natural death, and that the Law would be changed.

The rubric for prayer for the day:

In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass "For Peace and Justice" (no. 22 of the "Masses for Various Needs") should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373)

woman crisis.jpgMore and more we are seeing research demonstrating that abortion has caused breast cancer. A few months ago I posted an article saying as much. published an article on January 17th giving the statistic that in 38 years --since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe vs Wade-- that "a least 300,000 cases of breast cancer" have been identified. Baruch College Professor Joel Brind published a 1996 paper in which he made the claim that women who had induced abortion had a "30% greater chance of developing breast cancer." Steven Ertelt's article "Abortion Has Caused 300K Breast Cancer Deaths Since Roe" connects the dots. 

Sad to think that the choice to end the life of one's unborn baby raises the risk of one's death by 30%.

All this info is on my mind as I am planning two Masses with the Rite of Anointing of the Sick for women and men living with breast cancer in honor of Saint Agatha for her forthcoming feast day in early February. Saint Agatha is at the patron saint of those people living with diseases of the breast. One Mass Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii (East Haven, CT) on Friday evening February 4 and the second Mass at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena (NYC).
Marquette Law hired Russ Feingold, the ex-senator from Wisconsin, as a visiting law professor. A clear liberal politician with a long track record of pro-abortion voting. Marquette Law Dean Joseph Kearney is giving a platform to a bankrupt senator and certainly not caring too much for the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the university. Opps, perhaps being Catholic and Jesuit are no longer virtues to abide by....

In 2009, 41% of the viable pregnancies in NYC ended in abortion. 2x the national rate but it's estimated that the abortion rate in various parts of NY are higher than NYC.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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