Rockford IL, May 29, 2010 - In September of 2008 a group of Catholic Priests began praying every week at Rockford's abortion mill special prayers of the Church that the abortion mill be cleansed from evil. Immediately, the pro-life women who sidewalk counsel at this abortion facility noticed a dramatic decline in the numbers of mothers coming for abortions and a tangible rise in the numbers of mothers who choose life at the abortion mill driveway.An unofficial count of mothers entering the mill within a month of these devout Priests praying showed the abortion totals to be cut at least in half. This is also when signs started appearing in the mill windows attacking Catholic Priests.On Friday May 29th, the abortion mill sank to a new low even for them. As a Priest was quietly praying the prayers of the Church accompanied by a seminarian, someone inside the building that houses the Northern Illinois Women's Center put a sign that clearly stated, "F.... Your Perverted Priests."Catholic Priests have also had to endure personal insults from the abortion mill landlord and security guard. The car of one Priest has been egged by an abortion supporter at this mill. A Priest has also had a hand-written sign taped to his car while he was quietly praying on the sidewalk in front of the mill. The sign read, "I Rape Children."One thing is certain. This abortion facility and its supporters know one of the major reasons their numbers of dead babies have gone down is because the committed, faith-filled, and courageous Catholic Priests are praying consistently that the evil that surrounds and drives the abortion industry is replaced with the grace of Jesus Christ. In Rockford these Priests and their prayers have saved countless lives and souls. That's why this mill hates and attacks them in this vicious manner.As one Rockford area pro-lifer said, "This group of Priests has prayed at this mill no matter the weather, intimidation, and mocking threats they have faced. In the spirit of Jesus Christ, they have responded to these attacks with prayer, humility, and love."A Rockford man said of one of these Priests, "Last winter on a day with the wind chill well below zero, Father was in prayer on the sidewalk with his coat open. Everyone told him he needed to cover up better, but Father knew that people entering the mill needed to know a Priest was there.One young Hispanic woman looked at Father, saw his collar, and saw him praying for her. She immediately left the mill and never returned."It is the hope of the Rockford Christian community that Rockford city officials will look into the long and hate- filled history of the abortion mill and come to a decision that this kind of bigotry is not acceptable in our city.As for these holy men who pray and work for life and for an end to the demonic inspired culture of death in Rockford, we owe them our support, prayers, and grateful thanks for leading us in this battle against sin, Satan, and death.In the person of Christ the Head . . .1548 In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ Himself who is present to His Church as Head of His Body, Shepherd of His flock, High Priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis:It is the same Priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person His minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the High Priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the Person of Christ Himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi).Christ is the Source of all priesthood: the priest of the old law was a figure of Christ, and the priest of the new law acts in the Person of Christ.1549 Through the ordained ministry, especially that of bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as Head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers. In the beautiful expression of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop is typos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father.
It's been stated that these priests have been given permission to say the prayers of exorcism at this abortion mill. It's quite apparent that God has heard them, as the drop in the number of abortions indicates the spirit of evil that drives this industry of death is slowly being driven away, and most certainly is driven from the hearts of mothers who would otherwise abort their children.
And the Evil One most definitely does not like it, as can be evidence by the vicious, mean spirited and hateful attacks against these holy priests by whatever clinic worker posted such vile signs. But as we know, he will never win. Evil will never triumph.
Let us pray for these holy priests, for continued strength against these attacks, and to continue their vigil to save the lives of these innocent unborn children.