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On Saturday, about 2,000 Catholics circled the Planned Parenthood Facility in Stapleton seven times in a Eucharistic Procession to show their solidarity in favor of the unborn child.

Archbishop of Denver, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila led the procession round the abortion clinic.

“It was truly a moment of grace, a moment of blessing, a moment of praying to our Lord that hearts may be changed," Archbishop Aquila said. “It was wonderful to see how many turned out today."


Karna Swanson, communications director for the archdiocese said the turn-up for the procession was overwhelmingly positive.

“We set up a simple website with a no-nonsense invitation for people to come and pray with the archbishop, and immediately we were hearing from people just thanking the archbishop for doing this," Swanson said.

Archbishop Aquila had emphasized during his announcement that there was to be no shouting, or arguing, “Only prayerful witness to the love and mercy of God."

Before the procession began, assistant to the Archbishop, Father Scott Bailey addressed the crowd and stressed on the importance of silence. “Silence is an essential part of the procession as we unite our voices with those who have been silenced by abortion," he said.

Seminarians from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary worked with local police to keep the traffic free and open. They guided the people in the hymns and prayers each time the procession passed around the building.

“We were honestly expecting 500-800 people," the communications director said. “Three times that number showed up. This provided a bit of a challenge for us logistically, as 1,800 people don’t exactly fit on the sidewalk of a city block.

“We wanted to make sure everyone who wanted to participate could, but we also didn’t want to give any reason for the police department to shut the event down."

“There was wonderful teamwork on the ground, between the seminarians, the AMDG Cycling group, the police officers, and the participants," said Swanson. “It was obvious to all that we were just there to pray. And pray we did, nearly everyone in the crowd was holding a rosary in their hands, and small groups throughout the crowd were praying the rosary together. We definitely stormed heaven with our prayers."

A crowd of Priests, Nuns, Knights, Seminarians, and a multitude of the Faithful and their Families showed up for the procession.

Speaking on behalf of his family, Jaime Martinez from St. Augustine Parish in Brighton said:

“We came here to speak for the unborn children who are getting aborted every single day here, and to pray for those mothers who are thinking about aborting their children so they can think about walking a different path and choosing a different option."

“It was very touching to see a lot of people join forces to promote the pro-life movement. Hopefully we can see more of this in future," he added.





  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    As always when the topic of abortion comes up, there is the subject nobody wants to talk about: What happens to the souls? If you believe that souls are implanted at the time of conception, then what happens to them? According to Catholic doctrine as I understand it, they go to Hell because they are not baptised. They used to go to Limbo, which wasn’t really much better – but the Church shut Limbo down; so where do they go now?
    If they go to Hell, what person in their right mind would worship a God who would send a completely innocent soul to eternal torment, particularly when this all-knowing God knew in advance that the fetus would be aborted? It would be our duty as sentient, compassionate human beings to oppose this monster in any way possible.
    If, on the other hand, Bible God, assuming such exists, is not a monster, then the soul, if such exists, goes to heaven, in which case we must ask: what’s the problem? Isn’t that where we’re all supposed to be trying to get to? I guess it’s a little unfair that they don’t have to suffer like the rest of us, or roll the salvation dice and end up in Hell anyway. They get to go right from the starting gate to the winner’s circle without running the race – so I can see why that would upset people, as it’s not really fair to the rest of us who got stuck here, that these souls get a direct path to heaven. According to Church doctrine, most of the 7 billion of us here now will go to eternal torment for not believing, saying or doing the right things according to the RCC.
    The Church will say the soul is not innocent as a result of a mythical original sin from a mythical Adam, as described in a mythical creation story. We know there was no Adam – humans evolved from about 1000 parents, a couple hundred thousand years ago, and there is nothing in the bible outside of Paul’s incorrect belief that Adam and Eve were real people and that the creation myth was literal to support the gruesome (but useful to the RCC) concept of original sin. Paul was wrong in that, as well as his assertion that Jesus’ return was imminent, so we’re really not left with anything to support original sin. Even if there was such a thing as original sin – for an all-powerful being to send a completely innocent being that was given no opportunity to rid itself of this mythical original sin to eternal torment, is the worst possible evil I can conceive of. Genesis 3:22 says that we, like the gods, know what good and evil are – and this would clearly be evil by any civilized standard.
    To me, this demonstration is an act of religious intimidation, which is about the best the RCC can hope for given that burning people at the stake has fallen out of favor. If they stepped off the sidewalk, onto PP property, I would have sprayed them down with a hose.

    1. Michael Reply

      ” According to Catholic doctrine as I understand it, they go to Hell because they are not baptised”

      No. Absolutely no. Where are you getting your Catholic theology?

      If this is your premise, your argument may be valid, but it is in no way sound.

      N.B. I am not a Catholic.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        Michael I get this information from articles in sites like this one, as well as others including Catholic(dot)com, but mostly the Catechism itself. Here’s what it says:
        “1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.60 He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them.61 Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.62 The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit." God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments. (1129, 161, 846)
        There are no means other than Baptism to assure entry to heaven. It’s pretty clear, isn’t it?
        With regard to infants, miscarriages, abortions, etc. the Church says they have at best a “hope” for salvation:
        1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,"64 allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church’s call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism. (1257, 1250)
        Again, note the words: “allow us to HOPE (emphasis added) that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism” The default is that they are doomed. That’s why they oppose abortion. When you abort a fetus you send a soul to Hell. Well, actually God sends the soul to Hell, and that’s the problem. Only a monster could send an innocent to eternal torment. This creates a quandary. God is not good if He really does send innocents to eternal torment. But if He doesn’t do so, then that means the concept of original sin is bogus (and it is – there was no literal fall from grace, because there was no literal Adam and Eve). The Church knows all this, but how do they get out of it without admitting that Popes are not infallible on matters of morality and doctrine? The RCC is in one heck of a big hole right now. It must be interesting to listen to their theologians try to figure out how to get out of the holes they have dug for themselves. You have to remember that when they established a lot of this dogma and doctrine, and for long afterwards, it was a capital offense to own a bible if you weren’t clergy. Nobody could call them on anything because nobody but clergy was allowed to read the scriptures. Once people started reading it for themselves, the inevitable happened; the Church broke up into what are now thousands of denominations and sects, each of which gets it’s own “proof” from their interpretation of the “sacred” texts; which if truly “inspired” could not possibly lead to so many different interpretations.
        When I was a kid, there was no question about any of this. We were taught that those who weren’t baptized went to Hell. Period. Baptism in another Christian religion gave you a small chance of salvation, but lack of baptism meant you were doomed. Those of my age may remember the old chants… “Catholic, Catholic, ring the bell, Protestant, Protestant, go to Hell!”
        The argument that this was unfair to fetuses and the like led to the invention of Limbo, but that always lacked official Church support as doctrine, and was recently done away with. Limbo did not solve the problem. To tell a distraught mother that she would go to heaven (if she believed, said and did the right things), but that she would never, ever, ever see her baby, was unimaginably vicious and cruel, and I think the Church finally accepted that as women slowly threw off their status as chattel into which the Abrahamic religions cast them. The Catechism hasn’t changed, to the best of my knowledge, for that would mean Popes have to admit to fallibility; but in the media, the Church recognizes the difficulties these Iron Age doctrines create for good, civilized people who have trouble accepting a monster god, so they play it down – but it’s core Church belief, unless there’s some updates I’m unaware of. I always say, “as I understand it” because I am willing to learn more and be proven wrong by accurate sources. You may have noticed, if you’ve seen my posts, that my information is seldom challenged – only my character is challenged (and I’m frequently reminded of my path to the same place as all those unbaptized fetuses). Though I am still unsure, based on my understanding of the RCC’s hell, whether it refers to Sheol, Gehenna, Hades or Tartarus. The Catholics translated four different words in the Old and New Testaments to the word “Hell,” which is of German origin and refers to the pagan Norse underworld. Look it up yourself please, and then spread the word. Relieving people of an unnecessary fear of a place that doesn’t exist (Hell is a “place” for the RCC where your “body” experiences physical pain), is one of the best things you can do for a person in my opinion.

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