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."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).
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."
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!