Notice how well the liberal press blanket covered the anti war protests? The numbers are reported as enormous, covered and recovered as though they just keep taking place. The press prepares us for huge turn-outs, then announces huge orderly crowds. Everyone looks dignified.
Contrast this coverage with marches the media doesn’t much like–say the January 22 massive pro-life marches and prayer vigils in Washington D.C. and across the nation. If the press gives these any coverage at all, the huge pro-life masses are lumped together with six or seven pro-aborts holding a press conference and the headlines make it appear that both sides are converging in equal numbers.
And they must get the homemade sign that looks a little sloppy and a person looking a little insane. Then they’re happy. No, folks, the liberal press is no friend of the unborn and no friend of ours. But you have to hand it to them when it comes to a cause they support, like anti-war demonstrations. They really know how to put on a show.
Joe Kulys on Fr. Pfleger
Joe Kulys wrote in the Southwest News Herald Notebook last week that Al Sharpton’s statement that Fr. Pfleger is a “different kind of catholic priest” makes Sharpton his nominee for understatement of the year.
Kulys says Pfleger dodged the abortion issue by giving abortion a new definition–to include what happens in the classroom and the corporate room. Joe calls this the classic tactic of defeating your opponent by diluting his issue. Pfleger makes so many things abortions that you can’t defend the unborn baby unless you adopt a whole menu of social ills to object to. Bologna, says Joe.
And Pfleger played the black card to the hilt, he says, in asking, “Why not a black man to talk to blacks?” Yes, why not, but why a pro-abortion black to talk at Mass? Well, because it fit into Pfleger’s media circus.
Kulys says Pfleger demeaned us all, and especially those killed in the 9/11 attacks, when he suggests that America is as bad as Osama Bin Laden because we terrorize through poverty and homelessness and health care.
But Joe is most angry about Pfleger’s “trashing of the Mass.” He says the homily is a critical point in the mass, a liturgical action, and Sharpton could have spoken somewhere else if Pfleger’s congregation simply had to hear him. But not at Mass. Kulys wants action by cardinal George, putting Fr. Pfleger’s his place for this latest thumbing of his nose at the archdiocesan authority.
Remembering Sis Daley
Say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Ethel Dahmes, our attorney Tom Brejcha’s mother-in-law. She died Sunday. Also pray for Sis Daley, Mayor Richard M. Daley’s mother, who died Sunday at the age of 95.
We often used Mrs. Daley’s quote stemming from when she was asked her opinion of abortion. Mrs. Daley said, “I’d rather have a baby on my lap than on my conscience.” This quote was even referred to in a Chicago Tribune story on Monday.
Some readers may remember our picket at the dedication of the H. Clement Stone Pavilion at the Illinois Masonic Hospital many years ago. We learned that abortions would be performed in the new wing, and we wanted Mayor Richard J. Daley to say a few words on behalf of the unborn during his talk at the dedication. Since we couldn’t reach him, we called Sis Daley and asked if she could suggest it to him. We reminded her of her “baby on my lap” statement. While she was cordial, she told us to quit picking on her husband.
We did picket the event but were cut out of the news, and while we understood Sis Daley’s defense of her husband, we continued to criticize him and write him about signing the city licenses for free standing mills, trying to downplay the abortion plank in the democrat party platform and dedicating the Stone Pavilion. If Mayor Daley had to do what he thought he had to do, then we had to complain about it. And we did. I have a file of correspondence.
But in their hearts of hearts they were both pro life, and we pray that they are together again in eternal happiness and bliss.