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(LifeSiteNews) – Fr. Mike Schmitz once said, “There’s no greater life that can possibly be lived than the life as a Catholic Christian.”

As we proceed through Holy Week and into the Triduum, I can’t stop thinking about this truth. On Holy Thursday, Christ instituted the Eucharist—the source and summit of our faith. The Eucharist is truly His body, blood, soul, and divinity. And as Catholics, we are immensely blessed to be able to receive Him at every Mass if we are free of mortal sin.

On Good Friday, Christ died for our sins. But death did not have the final word, for on Easter Sunday, He conquered death.

He did all of this for you. For me. So, indeed, there’s no greater life that can possibly be lived than that of a Catholic Christian.

But just as Christ was under attack by the forces of evil during His time, so do we find ourselves under attack. Two recent stories caught my attention, and though they are just a drop in the proverbial bucket of modern-day attacks on the faith and on morality, seeing them during Holy Week makes me ever more resolute in the desire to keep fighting the culture of death.

In news out of Delaware, we read that the Delaware General Assembly recently passed legislation that would allow physician assistants and advanced practice RNs to prescribe the abortion drugs Mifeprex, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

These deadly drugs not only kill babies, but they harm women, and now Delaware may give prescribing privileges to even more people. With Biden’s relaxation of the law allowing the mailing of these drugs, we see just how easy our government wants to make the chemical killing of preborn babies.

Second, we read a report in Crux which warns that “leadership at the Catholic Benefits Association believes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will soon announce new regulations that may pose an existential threat to religious-based employers including Catholic hospitals.” It goes on to say that the “HHS has promised to revise its mandates on health plan coverage and performance to include surgical abortion, cross-sex hormones, gender-transition surgeries, gender-affirming cosmetic surgeries and voice modification—along with a host of expanded services dealing with fertility treatments, contraception, abortifacients and sterilizations.” According to this report, these new regulations would “disallow religious exemptions.”

So what does that mean for Catholic hospitals and charities? It means the government would either force them to comply with these regulations or to shut down.

Take a moment to really think about the implications of our government forcing Catholic organizations to go directly against Church teaching. I hope you find yourself both horrified and scared. I know I do. But I also find myself angry. And that reminds me of a certain scene in a synagogue.

Remember when Jesus became so angry in the synagogue because of all the buying and selling that was going on there? After He turned over tables, He said, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.”

Not much has changed in the last 2,000 years. We still have people attempting to make the Church a den of thieves, and many of these wicked people claim to be part of the Church. So-called Catholics in politics want to twist the Church to make it conform to what they believe. They refuse to adhere to Christ’s teachings and conform their lives to what He taught.

Abortion is the taking of an innocent human being’s life. This tiny child depends on his mother to care for him, to protect him, and to love him. But many in our world and in our government tell him he’s not worth care, protection, or love. They are wrong.

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The Surgi-Center, a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic infamous for offering late, second trimester abortions, and its owner, abortionist Cesare Santangelo, are at the center of a scandal involving possible violations of federal laws against partial-birth abortion and infanticide.

In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews, Lauren Handy, the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), told LifeSiteNew's Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen that, with the help of a whistleblower, her organization rescued and properly buried the remains of about one hundred aborted babies from Santangelo's Surgi-Center.

But, five of the deceased babies were so large and so developed that they suspected the Surgi-Center of engaging in the illegal practices of partial-birth abortion or infanticide (i.e., killing the child after birth) à la Kermit Gosnell.

The shocked pro-lifers then gave the aborted babies to the police and brought the matter to the attention of the D.C. Medical Examiner's office. But, the Medical Examiner's office has refused to take any action, saying they will not perform autopsies on the babies.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002). *Anyone - no matter where you reside - can sign this petition!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.

Handy and eight of her fellow pro-life rescuers in PAAU are, themselves, now facing jail-time after being arrested by the FBI for conducting a traditional pro-life sit-in in October, 2020, at the very same abortion center from which the late-term deceased babies (mentioned above) were rescued.

Please note that the two events - the pro-life rescue in 2020 and the gruesome discovery of the five near-to-full-term babies in the Surgi-Center's "bio-medical waste" earlier this year - are almost one-and-a-half years apart.

Thus, Handy believes that their recent arrest is no coincidence...and, moreover, that the FBI is being used to create a smokescreen by arresting her and the other pro-lifers.

At the same time, the D.C. Medical Examiner's office does not seem interested in discovering the truth about the deaths of the five aborted babies and possible illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide happening at the D.C. Surgi-Center.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

The DOJ press release claims that the pro-lifers: "engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services."

But, commenting on the arrest, Lauren Handy stated: "Media reports have stated that we ‘invaded’ the abortion center and ‘disrupted’ women from exercising their ‘reproductive rights’. No, that is not what we did."

"We entered the clinic and sought to love the women who were already there for their abortion procedures," Handy said. "We tried to offer them help so they would choose life. We non-violently defended the unborn who were about to be exterminated – the innocent, the most vulnerable, killed in horrific acts of violence and treated as so much trash."

Tireless pro-life activist Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and leader of Red Rose Rescue, told LifeSiteNews that "this is the first time any of them are facing federal charges. That the rescuers were hunted down by FBI agents is unprecedented in the history of pro-life activism."

All of this...possibly...for discovering five near-or-at-term aborted babies at Cesare Santangelo's D.C. Surgi-Center, and for seeking to give justice and dignity to the murdered babies.

The truth now needs to come out!

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition!

To contribute to the legal defense of Lauren Handy and the other eight members of PAAU, please CLICK on the following link to find out more about their LifeFunder campaign (also operated by LifeSiteNews): https://www.lifefunder.com/victims

Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Pro-life hero raided by FBI speaks about the aborted babies she was trying to honor' - https://rumble.com/vzsslx-exclusive-pro-life-hero-raided-by-fbi-speaks-about-the-aborted-babies-she-w.html

'Pro-lifers arrested in FBI raids, face 11 years in prison for blocking access to late-term abortion mill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-lifers-raided-charged-and-face-11-years-in-jail-for-blocking-access-to-infamous-dc-abortion-mill/

'BREAKING: Video surfaces of FBI raid, arrest of nonviolent pro-life activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-video-surfaces-of-biden-fbi-raid-arrest-of-nonviolent-pro-life-activists/

'Court Docs reveal previously unknown patient death due to negligence at late-term abortion facility' - https://www.operationrescue.org/archives/court-docs-reveal-previously-unknown-patient-death-due-to-negligence-at-late-term-abortion-facility/

**Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot of pro-lifers protesting outside the Surgi-Center abortion facility, in Washington, D.C.

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But it’s not just me saying it’s wrong; it’s God Himself.

God gave Moses the 10 Commandments. The fifth tells us not to kill. Christ did not divert from these commandments; He upheld them. He didn’t say it’s okay to kill someone when his life is an inconvenience to you. No, as He told the rich young man, “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” And then He went even further and told the young man to give up everything and follow Him.

To attain heaven, we must keep the commandments. We know that we need not give up all of our worldly possessions and follow Christ, but we do need to give up our worldly mindset. We must think like children of God and put aside any proclivity toward selfishness and hedonism. We must put aside everything that distracts us from Him and from following His commands.

On Friday, we weep with Mary and John, who stood helpless at the foot of the cross. But despite the sadness and despite the ache in our hearts that comes as we look upon Christ’s beaten and bloody body, we know the end of the story. We know that He triumphed over death, over sin, and over evil.

So, as we look to Christ on the cross, let us remember that we did nothing to deserve this gift. But we can strive every day to be worthy of His sacrifice. Our worthiness begins with driving the thieves out of His house, standing up for the voiceless, following His laws, and protecting His Church.

For indeed, “There’s no greater life that can possibly be lived than the life as a Catholic Christian.”

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