Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pictures from the Rally for Life, Dublin, 01.07.17

Tens of thousands came to support the right to life...so many the eye couldn't take them all in...people of all ages, many of them coming as families, and of every ethnic group...







Others came to protest, and to advocate the killing of babies...lovely, tolerant people as you'd expect!  Also misandrist, as they insisted men had no right to an opinion on the killing of male and female unborn children created by male and female parents. There weren't many of them, but they got plenty of news coverage! Thanks to my friend Angelo for tweeting these pictures.


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  1. I passed those nice liberals at around 2pm . I noticed lots of people before profit , anti austerity alliance and even an anti-fa(scist) flag. I am going to pray the rosary for them all, those blessed with ovaries and the rather cross looking young boys. Do their parents know what they were up to today?

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    1. Sadly, I imagine they all do. I saw one sickening picture of an old man in a wheelchair supporting abortion on Twitter.

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  2. Séamus(Australia)July 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    The "smaller group" didn't seem to like you very much. Or maybe they're camera shy. It's not nice to see healthy young people showing signs of implacable hatred.
    I think most people celebrate the feast of Oliver Plunkett yesterday also which was appropriate. (we still celebrate his feast at St Anne's as he was part of the '62 missal in Australia, but they use the preCanonisation feast of July 11.
    ps I saw a book for sale today with the martyrdom of Fr Pro's martyrdom on the cover;I assume you finally got that image by now

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    1. No, it was really ugly to see the hatred. They weren't all like that, but very many of them were.

      Yes, we celebrated Oliver Plunkett here yesterday and our Nigerian priest commented on it.

      I do have that picture now, thanks.

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  3. it's only from what ican see, maybe it's just my inexperience but isn't it strange how pro choicers are rarely ever one legged,one armed,crippled or even ugly looking. ? what exactly has happened to them that they think some people shouldn't get a chance to live?

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    1. Well, we are really get de facto euganics now, with so many Down Syndromes and other "life unworthy of life" children being aborted.

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  4. Our church celebrated the feast of the Precious Blood and there was an extra holy hour which I hope was some spiritual support for the rally from those of us who couldn't be there. It's not an ancient feast, was added to the Calender about a century before it was abolished from the ordinary-form calendar.
    I didn't buy the Fr Pro one but I did buy an unusual short hagiographical book, the first edition of which was published in 1906, largely consisting of episodes from the writings, lives and legends of saints and their (humane) dealing with animals. Quite a few early Irish ones are mentioned.
    Not entirely unrelated to your post-I'd love to put a copy in the hand of every anti-Catholic greenie to show them that the Church was way ahead of secular conservationists.
    And did you know that Pope Pius V wrote a letter against bull-fighting in 1567?
    That was definitely a papal BULL.

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  5. A bit of a side-note, but it was brilliant to see the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I would have been excited had I seen it in California, but far from surprised. It's delightful (and better than that) to see that familiar picture looking every bit as homely (in the Irish sense, of course) in Ireland.

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    1. It's a popular devotion here too! Michelle has a special devotion to it.

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  6. I am delighted to hear it--on both counts!

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  7. Well, I know whose side I'm on.

    It seems to me that the Church and the pro-life movement face two tasks of conversion. One is probably the broad mass of the well-intentioned general public who would reluctantly accept abortion as a necessary evil. Then there are these people here, who believe it is a positive good.

    I wonder what they think actually motivates pro-life movements and opponents to abortion? We can see what motivates them - freedom, autonomy, the rights of women - but what do they think brought the March for Life out onto the streets?

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    1. I think these are profound questions. I think abortion is such a hot-button issue because it really shows the fatal weakness of "liberalism". We are all connected and we are never the atomised individuals "liberalism" wants to make us. But this is never more undeniable than in the case of the child in the mother's womb.

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