Jan 24, 2009

Catholic Priest Gives Prayer in Kansas Legislature

A friend who lives in Lawrence, Kansas told me the good news that Fr. Brian Schieber used the opportunity to give the January 22, 2009 invocation to the Kansas legislature to decry abortion. The story is reported in the Lawrence Journal World.

A guest chaplain upset some Kansas House members Thursday with a prayer remembering millions of children that he said were "legally exterminated" by abortion and decrying a national "culture of death."

The Rev. Brian Schieber, pastor at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, gave his prayer on the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion across the nation.

"We remember the over 53 million beautiful, innocent unborn children who have been legally exterminated in our land," he said in his prayer. "By Your grace, guide us to transform this culture of death into a culture of life and a civilization of love."

Back in the late 60's I attended a Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation conference in St. Louis and met the sister-in-law of Eleanor Schlafly, the executive director of the Foundation (now celebrating its 50th year).

Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum was running for a national office within the Republican Party and some of her friends, including my spiritual Godmother Lucy, met to work on her nomination and I got to tag along. Rather ignorant of how the world works, I asked Phyllis why it was so important to get elected to this position.

Phyllis' answer was preceded (rightfully!) by a look of almost complete disbelief that someone could ask such a dumb question, but I'll always remember her very informative answer. "An elected office usually has little real power to do things, but it is an excellent platform from which to speak to others and convince them of your viewpoints."

Way to go, Fr. Brian!


Alison said...

Thanks for posting this. Didn't you love the outrage over this prayer? It was laughable. How dare he be so strident and divisive. Too bad certain politicians can't get up their indignation up about the air conditioned halocaust of unborn children. Also, I thought a prayer was about addressing God not the politicians.

Father Schieber is to be thanked for this. I told everyone it was another reason that I was happy now to have the last name Schieber

Curmudgeon said...

That's one reason. Another reason is that it's a lot easier to spell than your maiden name.

Child of God said...

2 Timothy 4:1-3
In the presence of God and the Messiah Jesus, who is going to judge those who are living and those who are dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly appeal to you to proclaim the message. Be ready to do this whether or not the time is convenient. Refute, warn, and encourage with the utmost patience when you teach. For the time will come when people will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people’s own desires.