Hattip to Father Z. Last week PopeWatch quoted Father Z who wrote about Bishop Nunzio Galantino who indicated that he does not stand with the blank faced people who say the rosary outside of abortion clinics. Go here to read the post. Canon Lawyer Ed Peters at his blog In the Light of the Law weighs in:
But it is Galantino’s gratuitous remark about “expressionless persons praying rosaries outside abortion clinics” that attracts my attention. I worry when ranking prelates disparage the simple and prayerful piety that some lay faithful show even before the Gates of Death.
I prayed my first rosary outside an abortuary in 1978. I don’t recall what my expression was, but I doubt I was smiling. I have prayed many rosaries outside of many abortion mills since then, have picketed them, side-walk witnessed at them, passed out literature around them, and even drove two women (who had showed up for abortions) to pro-life agencies where they sought assistance toward sparing their babies from abortion. I probably smiled on those two days.
At the same time—even though usually things are quiet (deathly quiet) outside an abortion chamber—I have nevertheless also been screamed at by clinic personnel, cursed at by passers-by, drenched in the rain, had a brick tossed over a wall at me, and once watched a driver gesture the ‘trigger finger’ at me. But even if I had the presence of mind to rejoice at these insults borne for the sake of the least of His children, I’m pretty sure I did not show it on my face. I wonder, does every feeling need to be shown? And what exactly should one feel outside a death chamber?
Go here to read the rest. Sadly the Church has always been cursed with prelates eager to buy cheap popularity at the price of betraying the Gospel. Normally, popes have stood against such prelates. We will see what happens in the current pontificate.