A group protesting abortion made its way across the Twin Cities on Thursday with a life-size depiction of the Virgin Mary.
Members of Suspend Abortion Compact in Minneapolis and some Catholic Church members visited clinics and churches that they say they feel have deviated from Catholic doctrine.
…Julie Madden, peace and justice coordinator at St. Joan of Arc Church, said the church community was not offended by the protesters’ presence Thursday morning.
“We could choose to interpret [what they’re doing] as a disrespect for the work that we do, but I don’t believe it is. I really don’t,” she said while observing a group prayer in the church parking lot in south Minneapolis. “As a community, I believe that we are very vital in the Catholic Church, and the larger community. We have done a lot of significant work on behalf of capital punishment, children, immigrants and the homeless.”
Madden said the church embraces a “consistent life ethic,” which means it acknowledges all life as scared.
This misspelling “all life as scared” is really accurate. If I was a fetus (again) in this culture I would be really scared also. Hey mommy, what’s that man doing with that scalpel – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I knew that St. Joan of Arc’s parishioners were living in their own world but the line “We choose to interpret” nails it. If a group comes to your parish with a 4×6 foot picture of Our Lady praying for you to return to the Catholic faith, take my word for it, they are not there affirming your okayness.
What in the world does a “peace and justice coordinator” do in a parish anyway. Do they work to avoid interpew warfare? Do they mediate treaties between the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s sides of the church? Do they setup Patriot batteries to shoot down incoming missalettes?