LINCOLN, Nebraska (LifeSiteNews) – The resolutely pro-life Bishop Athanasius Schneider, well known for his prominent defense of Catholic Tradition, is visiting Lincoln, Nebraska to lead a pro-life retreat and holy hour in reparation for the use of aborted babies in medical research and in the development of medicines and consumer products.
Tuesday October 19, will see the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazahkstan, lead a day of prayer in Nebraska, sponsored by the pro-life “One Heart One Mind” initiative.
A full day retreat will be held at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, with local pro-life group One Heart One Mind which was formed in response to Bishop Schneider’s call for a “new pro-life movement.”
Speaking in February this year, the outspoken prelate noted the need for a “new period of all pro-life movements to protest, clearly and unambiguously, against abortion-tainted medicines, against the abuse of the body parts of the unborn.”
Schneider’s call to action came in the wake of revelations about how researchers procure cell lines used in the development of numerous vaccines — including a number of COVID vaccines — from babies who were aborted alive in order to have usable tissue.
One Heart One Mind responded to the bishop’s desire for a new pro-life movement, by declaring that they hold by the following principles:
- “We cannot ignore the gravity and horror of abortion as a crime against the unborn and humanity.
- We need to defend and proclaim the sanctity of life boldly and fight the use of aborted human fetuses in medical and other research.
- A renewed prayerful, passive, non-violent resistance to the culture of death is needed today.
- No one should be forced, coerced or pressured to take abortion-tainted vaccines or medications.”
The group’s mission is thus: “To Pray. To Educate. To Act. We seek to support and equip ourselves and other believers to respond to God’s call to faithfully witness against the culture of death and to proclaim the sanctity of life.”
The in-person retreat is currently full, but free live streaming is available by registering at goodcounselretreat.org.
“Like his fourth-century patron, St. Athanasius, Bishop Schneider fearlessly speaks,” said Father Gary Coulter, director of Our Lady of Good Counsel retreat house. “Whether defending the unborn or fighting for religious liberty, he preaches the word ‘in season and out of season’.”
“His insights into the challenges facing Christ’s flock today provide clarity and hope for Catholics,” added Fr. Coulter.
Bishop Schneider is also set to preach a holy hour that same day, starting at 7 p.m. in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln, part of the regular holy hour run by One Heart One Mind. The holy hour will also be live-streamed for online watching.
This is to be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the bishop, and copies of his book “Christus Vincit,” will be available for sale.
“The voice of the unborn children’s blood is crying to God from the abortion-tainted vaccines, from the abortion-tainted medicines,” Bishop Schneider has previously said when speaking of the current COVID injections. “This voice is crying all over the world, and we have to awaken.”
“No one who is really deeply concerned about the defense of life and the moral law can be silent or can be quiet and can resign to this situation.”
“So, we have to protest against this and start a new movement in pharmaceutics, in medicine, with no connection, not the remotest, to these crimes,” the Bishop added in making his call for a new pro-life movement.
Bishop Schneider added that Christians in this new movement should be willing to face “prison” and even “death” rather than receive health benefits derived from the murder of unborn babies.