August 29, 2014

Orthodox Priest to Conduct March for Life Benediction

Fr. John Kowalczyk

Source: The Times-Tribune An Orthodox priest from Jermyn will have a key role at Monday's annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Very Rev. Archpriest John Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn and chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, will conduct the benediction preceding the anti-abortion march. The Rev. Kowalczyk said Thursday he was humbled that organizer Nellie Gray asked him to participate and called it the "surprise of my life." He will give the benediction - the final message before the march starts - on stage at the Ellipse facing the Washington Monument. "I pray that whatever message is sent out there, that it will resonate into the hearts of people," he said. The annual March for Life marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. About 300,000 to 400,000 people are expected this year because the political climate has shifted to the conservative side, the Rev. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Lead the Tulsa Pro-Life March

Tulsa March for Life 2011

Orthodox Christian led the March for Life in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Saturday. This was the second March for Life in Tulsa. George Michalopulos, a frequent contributer to the AOI Observer, is one of the organizers. Good work, George! … [Read more...]

Episcopal Assembly Responds: Remember the Victims of Abortion


It is good to see this public statement by the Episcopal Assembly released today. Hopefully it is the beginning of a unified Orthodox voice that can bring moral clarity to the larger culture. I wish the statement drew clearer distinctions but given Constantinople's statement of moral equivocation and the moral confusion it reveals, it's hard to see how clarity can come if one party insists on remaining morally muddled. Nevertheless, it's something and let's hope we can expect better in the future. Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Saturday, January 22, 2011 marks the 38th anniversary of the decision by the United States Supreme Court known as "Roe v. Wade." Orthodox Christians are asked to prayerfully remember the victims of abortion, and to educate themselves about and support life-affirming, Church-related agencies and organizations, such as Zoe for Life, Orthodox Christians for Life, and The Tree House … [Read more...]

Jacobse. Philadelphia: The Cost of Equivocation


Why such outrage over the Philadelphia abortionist? What moral difference is there between severing the spinal cord of a newborn with a pair of scissors and dismembering a baby with a scalpel a few moments before its birth? There isn't any. Yet the outcry over the brutality indicates that the fiction of viability may be lifting, and not a moment too soon. Viability, the idea that an unborn child has value only when it can live outside the womb, is a concept that the ignorant still believe has scientific credibility. It's a rhetorical pretense that helps us avoid what we don't want to see. The cold hand of the malefactor reveals that the brutality outside the womb occurs inside it too. It's not so easy to pretend anymore that a difference exists because we see one but not the other. Josef Mengele at least maintained the pretense that he was serving science. This butcher wouldn't even do that. His staff kept their lunches in the same refrigerator where they stored left-over fetal … [Read more...]

Malkin: The Philadelphia Horror


Source National Review Online By Michelle Malkin Let’s give the “climate of hate” rhetoric a rest for a moment. It’s time to talk about the climate of death, in which the abortion industry thrives unchecked. Dehumanizing rhetoric, rationalizing language, and a callous disregard for life have numbed America to its monstrous consequences. Consider the Philadelphia Horror. In the City of Brotherly Love, hundreds of babies were murdered by a scissors-wielding monster over four decades. Whistleblowers informed public officials at all levels of the wanton killings of innocent life. But a parade of government health bureaucrats and advocates protecting the abortion racket looked the other way — until, that is, a Philadelphia grand jury finally exposed the infanticide factory run by abortionist Kermit B. Gosnell, M.D., and a crew of unlicensed, untrained butchers masquerading as noble providers of women’s “choice.” Prosecutors charged … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill Suggests Measures to Decrease Abortions

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

Patriarch Kirill suggests measures to decrease abortions, back up orphans and families with many Children | Source: Interfax Moscow, January 17, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent Russian authorities suggestions how to improve national policy on family and childhood. As to opposing abortions, the Patriarch urged to accept departmental instruction of the Ministry of Health and Social Development “that makes preservation of pregnancy a priority task for the doctor and bans medical initiatives on its interruption,” official website of the Moscow Patriarchate reports. The Primate urged to introduce in medical practice a compulsory two-week period of waiting after “informed consent” – a document that woman signs before an abortion as this period exists in developed countries. Patriarch Kirill also spoke for establishing a network of orphanages for lonely mothers in difficult life situation and centers of crisis pregnancy with physiologists and … [Read more...]

Invitation to the Sanctity of Life Prayer Vigil in Washington, DC [VIDEO]


Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman watches in vain. Sanctity of Life Prayer Vigil: Please join us for an evening of prayer on Sunday, January, 23, 2011. St. Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, will be open for the vigil from 8 pm to 11 pm for prayer. Come and go as you please and invite everyone in your group, before or after dinner, Orthodox and non-Orthodox. There will also be a vespers service starting at 6pm for anyone who would like to attend a service. Contact Peter and Helen Evans at with your prayer request, questions or to request a special tour for your group. Reading the psalms and silent prayer for all who attend. This is an Eastern Orthodox Church ; the interior is covered with hand painted icons. The Smithsonian often brings tours here to see the egg tempera method of writing icons. All are welcome, come and go as you please. Tour: … [Read more...]

Orthodox Resources for Sanctity of Life Sunday

Orthodox Abortion Icon

Metropolitan Jonah's Message for Sanctity of Life Sunday March for Life Fact Sheet 2011 Resources for Sacred Gift of Life Sunday: Protecting the Life of the Unborn (2010) The Sanctity of Human Life Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas Abortion and Public Policy Rev. Peter J. Pappas Abortion: An Orthodox Statement V. Rev. Timothy Baclig An Orthodox Perspective on Abortion Priest Joseph O'Brien The Roots of Roe v. Wade Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Lessons of Roe: Thirty years of learning Frederica Mathewes-Green The Status of the … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: The Disturbing Rehabilitation of Dr. Kevorkian

Wesley J. Smith

By Wesley J. Smith | Source: The Corner When Jack Kevorkian came to the nation’s attention in the 1990s, reporters at first depicted him — correctly — as a macabre and megalomaniacal promoter of death. But he was remade into a popular icon, becoming a pet guest on 60 Minutes, treated to uncharacteristically softball interviews by Mike Wallace and fawned over by Andy Rooney, and then declared by Time magazine to be one of the major “celebrities” of the 1990s. Time even invited him to their 75th anniversary gala as a star guest. You knew the world was spinning the wrong way when Tom Cruise rushed up to shake his hand. Now, more than ten years later, Kevorkian is out of the pen and having a ball after serving time for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. It is important to understand why he was convicted: Youk had Lou Gehrig’s disease and Kevorkian lethally injected him—and videotaped the deed for posterity. The body was barely cold before … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Message for Sanctity of Life Sunday

Metropolitan Jonah

January 23, 2011, Sanctity of Life Sunday The Orthodox Church is like St John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness, or Jesus baptizing by the Jordan. We, like them, preach a message of repentance and the remission of sins in the new desert, the decadent culture of the modern West, mired in the chaos of moral collapse. The Orthodox Church’s message is a message of hope, of healing, of the transformation of one’s life, of attaining to the fullness of personhood, of the realization of the divine potential in each human being. Yet, this message requires not only acceptance, but a voluntary cooperation by those who accept this message. The Church demands a serious discipline of all who would be members, all who would follow this straight and narrow difficult path that leads to salvation. It is a way that demands that we be crucified to the world and its desires, dead to the flesh and its demands, so that we can be focused solely on God. The culture of this world cries … [Read more...]

The Unborn Paradox

Ross Douthat

This is a thoughtful essay that I was surprised to see in the New York Times. I've watched some of the MTV segments Douthat mentions below that deal with the reality of teenage pregnancy. You see the wisdom of young mothers giving their child up for adoption. By Ross Douthat | New York Times The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion. Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City”), they’re more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it. Reality TV thrives on shocking scenes and subjects — extreme pregnancies and surgeries, suburban polygamists and the gay housewives of New York — but abortion remains a little too controversial, and a little bit too real. This omission is often cited as a victory for the pro-life movement, and in some cases that’s plainly true. (Recent unplanned-pregnancy movies like “Juno” and … [Read more...]

Powerful Story of a Woman Who was Aborted – but Survived [VIDEO]


Source: GodVine Her biological mother decided to have an abortion, but by a miracle of God, she survived and has grown up to be a powerful tool for the Lord. This is amazing. [flv][/flv] … [Read more...]