This is from a bulletin via St.
Gertrude Catholic Parish in Chicago, Il.
We are happy to announce that the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., will speak at the
10am mass this Sunday, June 20th. Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak at the 10am mass
this Sunday (June 20th) at St. Gertrude. He will reflect on the day’s lessons
for about 1/2 hour after communion, around 10:45am. Since the 10am mass will
run a little longer than usual, we hope this reminder will help ease the flow
between the end of the one mass and beginning of the other.
Mark Loveless, who participates at the gym mass and also at Operation Push,
has been negotiating this event for a number of months. We are grateful for
your effort, Mark
And this is from a letter from the Pastor of this same church.
Dear St. Gertrude,
Reverend Jesse Jackson joins us today at the 10am mass, thanks to the persistent
effort of Mark Loveless. Mark and his son, Nathan, participate at the gym
mass as well as at Operation PUSH. It was Mark’s connection there that
led to the inspiration to invite Rev. Jackson to join us. Welcome, Jesse!
No chance I suppose that you’d be running in November to get us out
of the mess we seem to find ourselves in?
Arg! Where do i start. I was afraid to find out anything about
the Gym Mass and I was prophetic on that wish because it is even worse than
The hallmark of 10:30 a.m. Mass is the communal homily, whereby
people share from their own experiences of living the Gospel. Art, drama, music,
and liturgical dance also engage participants in a fresh look at the central
symbols of our faith. Plan for a longer Mass (about 1 hour).
Oh my, liturgical dance and a communal homily. And with all this
fun they have managed to schedule a whopping 30 minutes of time for confession
once a week.
Jessie Jackson was once pro-life and like so many others has
arranged a Faustian deal for political power in the Democratic Party. I always
wondered how someone, especially a Reverend, could go from pro-life to pro-abortion.
Do you wake up one day and realize that God did not ensoul that child
at conception? That one day it was a human being in need of protection and
the next a tissue blog to be excised when inconvenient. Regardless this Church
offering Jackson a change to speak during Mass is beyond inappropriate. It
would be bad enough allowing him to speak in an non-liturgical event, but as
of the Mass and after the Eucharist sacrifice is just plainly a scandal. I
guess the pastor did not read the letter
issued by the Bishops two days previous
to this event.
It is the teaching of the Catholic
Church from the very beginning, founded on her understanding of her Lord’s own witness to the sacredness
of human life, that the killing of an unborn child is always intrinsically
evil and can never be justified. If those who perform an abortion and those
who cooperate willingly in the action are fully aware of the objective evil
of what they do, they are guilty of grave sin and thereby separate themselves
from God’s grace. This is the constant and received teaching of the Church.
It is, as well, the conviction of many other people of good will.
To make such intrinsically evil actions legal is itself wrong. This is the
point most recently highlighted in official Catholic teaching. The legal system
as such can be said to cooperate in evil when it fails to protect the lives
of those who have no protection except the law. In the United States of America,
abortion on demand has been made a constitutional right by a decision of the
Supreme Court. Failing to protect the lives of innocent and defenseless members
of the human race is to sin against justice. Those who formulate law therefore
have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective
laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the
… The Catholic community
and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of
our fundamental moral principles. They should
not be given
awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. (emphasis
The pastor’s wish that Jessie Jackson would be running for president
is pathetic. What isn’t John Kerry pro-abortion enough? Exactly where does
Mr. Kerry and Mr. Jackson depart on issues.