West Coast Walk for Life: Archbishop Cordileone Asks Young People to Defend Life and Marriage

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Archbishop Cordileone called on young people at the West Coast March for Life to defend both the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage.

His message is especially powerful, coming as it does from an area of the country in which much of the population appears to be hostile to traditional values.

I see Archbishop Cordileone’s statement as the first of what will grow into a movement in the future. Promoters of gay marriage often tell us that in a few years, people will look back on those of us who support traditional marriage and say that we were on the wrong side of history.

Not so, my friends.

In future years, the struggle for traditional marriage will still be on-going. Like the pro-life movement, it will grow stronger as the debacle we have brought on ourselves becomes more apparent.

The first step is for Christian people to reclaim the sanctity of marriage in their own lives. This means that Christian spouses should keep their vows to love and cherish one another, forsaking all others.

From The National Catholic Register:

SAN FRANCISCO — A massive crowd stretching out for a mile in sunny downtown San Francisco showed the growing momentum of the Walk for Life, which celebrated its 10th anniversary for participants from across California and neighboring states.

On Jan. 25, more than 50,000 people gathered in front of San Francisco City Hall, and the diverse crowd included a mix of ages and ethnic and religious groups, with songs and prayer in English and Spanish.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, during hishomily at the Mass proceeding the rally, congratulated the young people present for embracing the pro-life movement and for joining the hundreds of lay activists, priests, women and men religious and seminarians at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

“The steadily expanding presence of young people at the Walk for Life, he said, underscored a new generation’s awareness that abortion harms rather than helps women.

“Forty years and 58 million abortions later, the very painful truth has come to light: Yes, abortion does hurt women,” said Archbishop Cordileone.

The San Francisco Church leader credited an older generation of pro-life activists with helping to change the nation’s view of abortion and demonstrating “heroic virtue” during past decades when those who challenged the legalization of abortion were stigmatized. Now, he warned the students at the cathedral, they must help enlighten their own peers about the central role of marriage as the sanctuary of life.

“The pro-life movement is about more than saving the life of the baby,” said Archbishop Cordileone.

“It’s especially about connecting that baby to where he or she came from: the mother and the father. …There is no other institution that does that.”

… Archbishop Cordileone urged the young Catholics at the cathedral to stay “close to Christ” as they seek to present the truth about marriage.

“Future generations will understand that the natural truth of marriage benefits everyone and discriminates against no one,” he predicted.

“But prepare yourselves: It will require heroic virtue, for there is a lot of reverse bullying going on these days.”

 

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/archbishop-cordileone-asks-young-pro-lifers-to-defend-life-and-marriage/#ixzz2riMUp6do

 

Actress Jennifer O’Neill Will Join West Coast Walk for Life

I wish I could go.

I want to be in San Francisco on January 26 for the West Coast Walk for Life. But Gimpy the Foot would never tolerate a romp through airports chasing connecting flights.

Not yet. In a few more months, I’ll be able to lumber along just the way I did before. So, maybe next year I’ll go to the West Coast Walk for Life.

In the meantime, I’m encouraging everyone who is able to show up either in San Francisco or Washington DC for one of the two bi-coastal walks for life to put on your walking shoes and go. I want you to do it for the Gimper.

If you do make it to San Francisco’s walk, be sure to get Jennifer O’Neill’s autograph!

The LifeSiteNews article about Jennifer O’Neill’s planned participation in the West Coast Walk for Life reads in part:

Jennifer O’Neill

SAN FRANCISCO, January 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Internationally acclaimed model, film and television star, producer, author and proud mother of three, Jennifer O’Neill is one of a kind. With thirty-five plus feature films, numerous television movies and series to her credit, Jennifer is the first to tell you she is truly blessed.

However, there is more to her story: for years, Jennifer O’Neill, who seemed to “have it all,” suffered from severe depression due to an abortion she had in her early twenties. After years of suffering, she found hope and healing through her faith in Jesus Christ.

Jennifer O’Neill is now the national spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.

Jennifer has announced that she will be joining others in the Silent No More rally prior to the Walk for Life West Coast on January 26, 2013.

“There has never been a more critical time to support the pro-life movement, protect the rights of the unborn, and make known the truth about the devastating aftermath of abortion not only for the babies, but for women and families affected by such unimaginable loss,” she said.

“If you’re not sure where you stand in regard to LIFE, please join us for the 9th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26th, 2013!

“There you will hear testimonies from those who have suffered from abortion, and have received hope, healing and grace in Christ Jesus. I believe experience overrides theory … learn the truth about the sanctity of life. Please join us!” (Read more here.)


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