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2013 U.S. March for Life - schedule of events: Updated Jan 21

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THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood
1108 16th St NW
Fr. Frank Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Lila Rose, Fr. Terry Gensemer, Kristan Hawkins

12:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Pro-Life Exhibits Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel
[source: Marchforlife.org]

12:00 - 5 p.m.
Americans United for Life Legal Conference
The Future of Roe: Women, Health and Law in the Obama Era
Charmaine Yoest, Bill Kristol, Gerald Bradley and several more
National Press Club (advance registration required)
Call 202-289-1478
529 14th St NW

11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Law of Life Summit
Note: John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews will be a speaker at this event.
Hyatt Regency Hotel

2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Youth Rally
Hyatt Regency Hotel

USCCB National Prayer Vigil for Life
Events at that Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Confessions Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel - to the left in the Crypt Church (lower level)
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm   National Vigil for Life Mass Great Upper Church, Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Cardinal Sean O’Malley
  • 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm   Confessions - Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel
  • 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm   National Rosary for Life Crypt Church (lower level)
  • 11:00 pm - 12:00 am   Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) Crypt Church Led by Most Rev. William Skurla, Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Benefit, premiere screening of the feature length documentary The Blood & The Rose
Guest speakers: Director Tim Watkins, Msgr John Enzler, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Bishop Franzisco Gonzalez, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
Ticket purchases required
Historic Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.
513 13th Street 20004

7 p.m.
All Life Is Sacred Rally (interdenominational)
Discovery Ballroom in the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C ST SW
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, other speakers include Kate Bryan of Live Action, Dr. Seánie Ó Domhnaill of Ireland’s Life Institute, Bernie Smyth of Precious Life in Northern Ireland
Sponsored by Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life and co-sponsored by The Radiance Foundation, Live Action, Silent No More, and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust

7:00 pm-10:00 pm  
ProLife Rally with Catholic Underground and Matt Maher
St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Wheaton, MD


7 pm
Special screening of movie Doonby (rated PG-13)
Hosted by New Evangelization Television and De Sales Media Group
For all Members of Congress, Religious and National Leaders
Landmark E Cinema
555 11th St NW
Meet Peter Mackenzie, writer/director/producer of Doonby, Joe Estevez, Jenn Gotzon,
No Charge but present your business card to enter
RSVP to DoonbyEvents@gmail.com requested by January 21

 

FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2013

More at the Basilica

  • 12:00 am - 6:30 am   Holy Hours for Life Crypt Church Led by pro-life seminarians from across the country
  • 6:00 am   Adoration (with reflection at 6:20) Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
  • 6:30 am   Morning Prayer, Benediction, Reposition Dominican House of Studies, DC
  • 7:30 am   Closing Mass Great Upper Church Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas

Archdiocese of Washington March for Life Youth Rally-  2 locations
*Advance tickets required*

  1. Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW
    • 7:00 am - doors open
    • 7:30 am - rally begins
    • 8:00 am - confessions
    • 10:00 am Mass
  2. Comcast Center, 2001 Paint Branch Dr., College Park, MD
    • 6:00 am - doors open
    • 7:00 am - Rally begins
    • 7:30 am - Confessions
    • 9:00 am - Mass

9:30 a.m.
Democrats for Life Breakfast reception
info@democratsforlife.org (Administrator)
Meet at Catholic University in the Pryzbyla Center for informal breakfast reception.
9:30 am - Breakfast at Catholic University
10:00 am - Pro-life Democrat Speaker (s) (TBA)
11:00 am - Walk to Metro and to the start of the march
11:30 - 12:00 - Join “For Peace & ALL Life” meetup on the National Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle. (Smithsonian Metro Stop)
Suggested donation: $25 per person Students: complimentary

8:00 am- 11:00 am
Pro-Life Exhibits Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel
[source: Marchforlife.org]

8:30am - 10:30am
National Prayer Service for 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade (interdenominational)
Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St.)
Sermon: Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
Sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life and is co-sponsored by Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life; Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute; American Life League; Human Life Review; and Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project.

9:00 am
Lutherans for Life Divine Service
LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, Rev. Christopher Esget, and Phillip Magnes
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

12:00 pm - 1:30p.m
* The main March for Life Rally on the National Mall between 7th & 9th Streets

1:30 p.m.
The March begins up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill

2:30 - 5 p.m.
Silent No More Awareness testimonies of abortion experiences and healing
at the steps of the Supreme Court

4:00 0 6:00 p.m.
Advocates for Life Reception (advance registration required)
Featuring Hardley Arkes (Architect of Born Alive Protection Act)
Americans United for Life Offices 
Metropolitan Square 665, 15th St NW
(F Street Entrance), Suite 410
Call 202-289-1478


4 pm
Special screening of movie Doonby (rated PG-13)
Hosted by New Evangelization Television and De Sales Media Group
For all Members of Conggess, Religious and National Leaders
(Marriott) Residence Inn . 333 E Street SW . Washington, DC 20024
No Charge but present your business card to enter
RSVP to DoonbyEvents@gmail.com requested by January 213:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall
Hyatt Regency Hotel

6:00 pm
Rose Dinner
Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom, 6:00 pm-social hour, 7:00 pm-dinner

6:00 pm
Pontifical Sung Mass in the Extraordinary (Traditional Latin) Form
Celebrated by His Excellency Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago
St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 727 Fifth Street, NW. in Chinatown, DC
 

SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2012

8:00 am
March for Life 5K run
West Potomac Park

8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Cardinal O’Connor Conference
Georgetown University

9:30 am- 9:00 pm
2013 Students for Life of America National Conference
North Bethesda Marriot

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Cardinal Dolan: Debate on denying Communion to pro-abortion pols ‘in the past’

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As America heads into its 2014 midterm elections, a leading U.S. prelate says the nation’s bishops believe debate over whether to deny Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians is “in the past.”

The Church’s Code of Canon Law states in Canon 915 that those “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Leading Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI himself, have said this canon ought to be applied in the case of pro-abortion Catholic politicians. However, prelates in the West have widely ignored it, and some have openly disagreed.

John Allen, Jr. of the new website Crux, launched as a Catholic initiative under the auspices of the Boston Globe, asked New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan about the issue earlier this month.

“In a way, I like to think it’s an issue that served us well in forcing us to do a serious examination of conscience about how we can best teach our people about their political responsibilities,” the cardinal responded, “but by now that inflammatory issue is in the past.”

“I don’t hear too many bishops saying it’s something that we need to debate nationally, or that we have to decide collegially,” he continued. “I think most bishops have said, ‘We trust individual bishops in individual cases.’ Most don’t think it’s something for which we have to go to the mat.”

Cardinal Dolan expressed personal disinterest in upholding Canon 915 publicly in 2010 when he told an Albany TV station he was not in favor of denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians. He said at the time that he preferred “to follow the lead of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who said it was better to try to persuade them than to impose sanctions.”

However, in 2004 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI the following year, wrote the U.S. Bishops a letter stating that a Catholic politician who would vote for "permissive abortion and euthanasia laws" after being duly instructed and warned, "must" be denied Communion. 

Cardinal Ratzinger sent the document to the U.S. Bishops in 2004 to help inform their debate on the issue. However, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, then-chair of the USCCB Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians, who received the letter, withheld the full text from the bishops, and used it instead to suggest ambiguity on the issue from the Vatican.

A couple of weeks after Cardinal McCarrick’s June 2004 address to the USCCB, the letter from Cardinal Ratzinger was leaked to well-known Vatican reporter Sandro Magister, who published the full document. Cardinal Ratzinger’s office later confirmed the leaked document as authentic.

Since the debate in 2004, numerous U.S. prelates have openly opposed denying Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

In 2008, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley suggested the Church had yet to formally pronounce on the issue, and that until it does, “I don’t think we’re going to be denying Communion to the people.”

In 2009, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C. in 2009 said that upholding of Canon 915 would turn the Eucharist into a political “weapon,” refusing to employ the law in the case of abortion supporter Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Cardinal Roger Mahoney, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, said in a 2009 newspaper interview that pro-abortion politicians should be granted communion because Jesus Christ gave Holy Communion to Judas Iscariot.

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However, one of the Church’s leading proponents of the practice, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, insists that denying Communion is not a punishment.

“The Church’s discipline from the time of Saint Paul has admonished those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin not to present themselves for Holy Communion,” he said at LifeSiteNews’ first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City in early May. "The discipline is not a punishment but the recognition of the objective condition of the soul of the person involved in such sin."  

Only days earlier, Cardinal Francis Arinze, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, told LifeSiteNews that he has no patience for politicians who say that they are “personally” opposed to abortion, but are unwilling to “impose” their views on others.

On the question of Communion, he said, “Do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?”

Cardinal Christian Tumi, archbishop emeritus of Douala, told LifeSiteNews around the same time that ministers of Holy Communion are “bound not to” give the Eucharist to Catholic politicians who support abortion.

Pro-life organizations across the world have said they share the pastoral concern for pro-abortion politicians. Fifty-two pro-life leaders from 16 nations at the recent Rome Life Forum called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to honor Canon 915 and withhold Communion from pro-abortion politicians as an act of love and mercy.

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‘His bones are basically like paper’: Parents refuse to abort baby with rare condition

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At just 11 weeks old, little Layton Diven is not like other babies. Every time his parents pick him up or cuddle him, there is a chance they will break his bones. In fact, Layton has already suffered more than 20 fractures in his short life – beginning at the moment of his birth.

Layton has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a rare disease that makes his bones brittle and prone to breakage. There are several types of OI, and Layton’s type, OI Type III, is the most severe type found among infants. Most babies born with the disease, like Layton, are born with multiple fractures, especially along the rib cage. Many struggle to breathe or swallow. The incurable disease is progressive, so it will get worse as he gets older.

Layton was diagnosed with OI in the womb, but abortion wasn’t an option for his parents, Chad and Angela Diven, who considered their baby a gift from God, no matter his condition.

“We weren't going to have an abortion, so he was born with the disease,” Angela Diven told KSLA. “God chose me for him, to be his mom, so I have to take that huge responsibility and do what's best for him.”

That responsibility comes with a heavy price. Layton requires 24-hour care, but both Angela and Chad have full-time jobs. He can’t go to regular daycare, because it’s not safe for him.

“You can't just pick him up like a normal baby,” Diven said. “You can't dress him like a normal child; his bones are basically like paper. He can't go to daycare because of his condition. He's medically fragile, and a daycare can't handle him."

Childcare costs are just the beginning, though – the treatments Layton will need throughout his life are expensive and may not be covered by insurance.

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Layton is currently receiving pamidronate IV therapy, which will help to strengthen his bones. But in order to be able to stand or walk, he will need metal rods implanted in his legs – an operation that will cost the Divens $80,000. The OI specialist coordinating Layton’s care is in Omaha, Nebraska, while the Divens live in Louisiana. As he grows, Layton will also require special equipment, such as a wheelchair, along with extensive physical therapy.

Despite the hardships they knew would come, the Divens stepped out in faith to bring Layton into the world. Now, they are reaching out to the internet for help to shoulder the financial burdens that came with their baby blessing. The family has set up both a GoFundMe and a Facebook page called “Lifting Up Layton Diven,” where people can receive updates on Layton’s condition and contribute to the cost of his care.

To donate to baby Layton’s medical trust fund, click here.

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Sources confirm Cardinal Burke will be removed. But will he attend the Synod?

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Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta.

The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean he would not be able to attend.

Burke has been one of the key defenders in the lead-up to the Synod of the Church's traditional practice of withholding Communion from Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried.

Most of the Catholic world first learned of the shocking development through Vatican reporter Sandro Magister, whose post ‘Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke’ went out late last night.

If Burke’s removal from the Signatura is confirmed, said Magister, the cardinal “would not be promoted - as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere - to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous - but ecclesiastically very modest - title of ‘cardinal patron’ of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.”

At 66, Cardinal Burke is still in his Episcopal prime.

The prominent traditional Catholic blog Rorate Caeli goes as far as to say, “It would be the greatest humiliation of a Curial Cardinal in living memory, truly unprecedented in modern times: considering the reasonably young age of the Cardinal, such a move would be, in terms of the modern Church, nothing short than a complete degradation and a clear punishment.”

On Tuesday, American traditionalist priest-blogger Fr. John Zuhlsdorf also hinted he had heard the move was underway. “I’ve been biting the inside of my mouth for a while now,” he wrote. “The optimist in me was saying that the official announcement would not be made until after the Synod of Bishops, or at least the beginning of the Synod. Or at all.”

“It’s not good news,” he added.

Both Magister and Zuhlsdorf predicted that the controversial move would unleash a wave of simultaneous jubilation from dissident Catholics and criticism from faithful Catholics. The decision to remove Cardinal Burke from his position on the Congregation for Bishops last December caused a public outpouring of concern and dismay from Catholic and pro-life leaders across the globe.

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Both men speculated on the reasons for the ouster. 

Magister pointed out that Burke is the latest in a line of ‘Ratzingerian’ prelates to undergo the axe.

“In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most ‘Ratzingerian’ of the Roman curia,” said Magister.

He added: “Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop of Opus Dei Celso Morga Iruzubieta.”

Fr. Zuhlsdorf observed that Pope Francis may also be shrinking the Curial offices and thus reducing the number of Cardinals needed to fill those posts. He adds however, “It would be naïve in the extreme to think that there are lacking near Francis’s elbows those who have been sharpening their knives for Card. Burke and for anyone else associated closely with Pope Benedict.” 

“This is millennial, clerical blood sport.”

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