(LifeSiteNews) — Thousands of Canadians pro-lifers who were part of of 269 Life Chains took to the streets in cities and towns Sunday to protest the murder of over 100,000 babies every year by abortion.
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) told LifeSiteNews that the 2021 event saw the “highest number of Life Chains” in recent years.
“Those are 269 communities who received the pro-life message, and even though we know the mainstream media is loath to cover our witness, word of mouth spread, with passersby taking to social media to share their observations,” said CLC’s Youth Coordinator Josie Luetke. “Every local organizer and zone captain is deserving of a round of applause for the effort they put into making this event happen.”
Rain Tolentino attended the Life Chain in Stoney Creek, Ontario. In speaking with LifeSiteNews, Tolentino said that the 2021 Life Chain felt like a “community in a way, because we were unified by our belief that all life has value, and that even the smallest members of our society should be protected.”
“It was very inspiring to see others arrive and start holding up their pro-life signs. My brother was super shy at first to hold up his sign, but as cars honked and people gave thumbs up, he got really enthusiastic about it,” said Tolentino.
Sarah Fernandes attended a Life Chain in Toronto. She told LifeSiteNews that there was a large turnout at her location and that she was “moved to see so many young people like myself standing up for life.”
“It gave me hope and reassurance that I wasn’t alone. Some people from my school were actually not too happy that I peacefully stood at a busy street corner and those who didn’t know my pro-life beliefs before actually started to distance themselves from me. While it hurts to know that I have lost some friends, I will always be proud that I had the courage and strength to face a busy street full of cars and people that wouldn’t like me standing out there,” said Fernandes.
Kim Headley attended the Life Chain in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and told LifeSiteNews that she held up a sign saying “abortion kills children,” which received some positive responses from passers-by.
“I was surprised to see how many people were honking and giving us a thumbs up. It was really great to get out in my own community with other pro-lifers,” said Headley. “It gives me hope that if we keep doing these in our communities and build friendships and relationships with like-minded people, we can make a difference. It can sometimes feel like Canada is a lost cause, but every time I go out it gives me hope that we can continue to change hearts and minds on abortion.”
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Over the past 10 months, the Catholic Church's teaching office (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - CDF) has quietly directed the Catholic faithful to protest against the use of aborted babies in the production or testing of available COVID vaccines in the West -- all of which use aborted fetal cell lines in either their development or testing phase.
Sadly, this direction has been so quiet that almost no-one knows about it.
At the same time, however, the Pope (see below), along with many other senior prelates, has been loudly promoting the uptake of these same unethically-produced vaccines amongst the Catholic faithful with only a whisper of protest.
It's clear that there is a major disconnect in the Church between word and action on this major moral issue.
But, instead of being a follower, the Church should be a leader in this area -- demanding the development of ethical vaccines (and, other ethically-developed products) for Catholics.**
In fact, there are already Catholic scientists, like Dr. Alan Moy, who are working with adult stem cells to help achieve ethical alternatives, but they have received "very little interest" from the Church, to-date.
And, to be fair, some individual bishops, like Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, Canada, have vocally supported non-abortion tainted vaccines, with Archbishop Miller going so far as to donate towards ethical research.
But, it's time to try again and ask Church leaders in the Vatican and its US counterpart, the USCCB (the Catholic bishops' conference in the United States), to be fully consistent in word and deed on the issue of aborted fetal cell lines used to produce vaccines.
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So, certainly the Catholic Church could and should loudly demand that pharmaceutical companies develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics.
Indeed, the Church could and should ask the faithful to loudly demand ethical vaccines from Big Pharma (by providing phone numbers and email addresses, for example). And, or, the Church could and should commit to sponsoring the development of pro-life pharmaceuticals.
It should be noted here that the Catholic Church teaches that there is NO moral obligation, whatsoever, to accept a vaccine.
But, regrettably, for those who wish to take an ethically-produced COVID vaccine, even the Church's direction is hard to understand, precisely because it is contradictory.
On the one hand, the CDF says that acceptance of an abortion-tainted vaccine constitutes passive/remote material cooperation in the evil of abortion.
On the other hand the CDF also says that the acceptance of abortion-tainted vaccine is morally permissible when no ethically developed and tested vaccine is available.
At the same, however, the CDF paradoxically says that those who accept an unethical vaccine have the moral obligation to protest against it.
But then...there's the recent video of Pope Francis and other senior bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals promoting the COVID vaccines, without protesting against their gravely immoral development and testing, nor calling on Big Pharma to produce an ethical alternative.
So, where the current slate of COVID vaccines is concerned, the Church is apparently saying that you can cooperate with evil if some good may result...if you have no ethical alternative...but, you have to protest the evil...while participating in it.
And, well, the very people who are telling us to protest the unethical vaccines are, themselves, actually promoting them as, "an act of love."
This kind of contradiction - saying one thing and doing another - is unacceptable because it assumes as normal the situation where only unethical vaccines are available for Catholics.
We are asking the Church to stop this seeming servility towards Big Pharma, and start a loud and active campaign promoting the development and production of ethical vaccines.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging Pope Francis and other Vatican authorities, as well as USCCB authorities, to loudly demand that Big Pharma develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics, untainted by abortion.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'‘Wholly unethical’: US ‘personhood’ org condemns COVID vaccines derived from aborted babies' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/wholly-unethical-us-personhood-org-condemns-covid-vaccines-derived-from-aborted-babies/
'In ‘rupture’ with Church’s ‘absolute opposition’ to abortion, Vatican hosting pro-aborts at pro-COVID jab conference' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/in-rupture-with-churchs-absolute-opposition-to-abortion-vatican-hosting-pro-aborts-at-pro-covid-jab-conference/
'‘I will never comply with evil’: Pro-lifer Abby Johnson on abortion-tainted vaccines' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-will-never-comply-with-evil-pro-lifer-abby-johnson-on-abortion-tainted-vaccines/
'Canadian archbishop donates to ethical coronavirus vaccine research' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-archbishop-donates-to-ethical-coronavirus-vaccine-research/
**Actually, to be fully consistent with the Church's teaching on this issue, the Catholic Church should demand that Catholics be offered an "ethical" choice for every major product, from food to cosmetics, from to clothing to medicine, and beyond.
Luetke told LifeSiteNews that while overall attendance at this year’s Life Chains was not at pre-COVID levels, it appears there was “an uptick from last year’s, which is encouraging.”
“Some pro-lifers speculate that it’s time to develop a new alternative to Life Chain, and so I would challenge them to achieve the same reach that this event has. Life Chain will not, on its own, change the culture in Canada — that requires day-to-day action — but it serves as an annual reminder to the Canadian public that because this injustice persists, so will the pro-life movement,” said Luetke.
Life Chain says CLC is a “peaceful and prayerful pro-life witness held annually” and is for all ages.
The event consists of pro-lifers standing at intersections across North America, “silently praying for an end to abortion for an hour while holding signs with messages like: ‘Abortion kills children,’ ‘Abortion hurts women,’ ‘Adoption, the loving option,’ and ‘Life, the first inalienable right.’”
Life Chain events also took place in the US on Sunday.
Attendees at previous Life Chain events have received opposition for their pro-life witness.
In 2018, a man was caught on video roundhouse-kicking a young female CLC staff member at a Life Chain event in Toronto. As the incident was filmed, the attacker was identified and charged with assault.
Life Chain events in Canada have been held every year since 1990, with the event first taking place in the United States in 1987, as “a peaceful and prayerful demonstration in support of the inherent dignity of every human being, from the moment of conception until natural death.”