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New Human Life International President Visits Chicago

Posted by League Staff (April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am)

Human Life International President Father Shenan Boquet with Joe and Ann Scheidler

Since Father Shenan Boquet became president of Human Life International in October, he has been getting to know the pro-life communities in the United States and internationally. Last week, his travels took him to Chicago.

Father Boquet joined Pro-Life Action League Directors Joe and Ann Scheidler for dinner in downtown Chicago on Thursday, prior to hearing a Chicago Symphony performance that evening.

As Joe Scheidler often does in meetings like these, he said to Fr. Boquet early on, “Tell us the story of your life.” And Fr. Boquet did just that, launching into his family history of growing up in an exceptionally large extended family in southern Louisiana.

As a priest he had always been involved in pro-life cause, but had never thought to make it his life’s work—until he got a call from a completely unknown attorney who told him his name had been submitted as a candidate for president of Human Life International. [Continue reading …]

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Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, Pro-Life Pioneer and Hero

Posted by Joe Scheidler (March 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm)

On March 20, pro-life leader Fr. Paul Marx departed this life at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota at the age of 89 years.

Joe with Fr Paul Marx in South Africa

Joe Scheidler (back right) with Fr. Paul Marx (front center) in South Africa in 1995

My first meeting with Fr. Paul Marx was a pure accident. One Saturday afternoon in the spring of 1973 I was driving past the Marriott O’Hare. I had heard a rumor that there might be a pro-life meeting at the hotel. So I stopped in, asked the concierge if such a meeting was going on. He told me where it was and I headed to the room where a stocky white-haired priest was talking about the birth control pill. It was the first time I had heard that this new contraceptive pill could cause an abortion.

Not long after that Fr. Marx was invited to Chicago by the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago at the old LaSalle Hotel. The room was set for three hundred guests. There was so little interest in the abortion issue at that time that churches were giving away the tickets. Yet only thirty people showed up.

“Called by God”

After his powerful talk on contraception and abortion, six of us stayed after the banquet to learn more about how we could combat the evil of abortion. Looking around we asked why there were only six of us left who wanted to know more. And Fr. Marx said, “Because you feel the evil of contraception and abortion and you are probably called by God to dedicate your lives to fighting these evils.”

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