On the eve of the march for Life in Washington, abortion activists were caught projecting disgusting pro-abortion messages onto a prominent Catholic Church in the nation’s capitol.
Catholic leaders reacted with shock and disgust at an activist group’s projection of pro-abortion slogans on the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Thursday night. The heretical group Catholics for Choice took responsibility for projecting the display of images onto the church without its consent.
Even worse, the images were plaster on the church building while a prayer vigil for life was taking place inside to mourn the 63 million babies killed in abortions.
In large letters visible blocks from the basilica, the messages read “PRO CHOICE CATHOLICS YOU ARE NOT ALONE,” “1 IN 4 ABORTION PATIENTS IS CATHOLIC,” and “PRO CHOICE CATHOLICS.”
Other slogans included the words “STOP STIGMATIZING” and “START LISTENING” on the church. The words were projected on both the 329-foot bell tower and upper facade of the church above the front entrance.
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The images were first reported on Twitter at 6:31 p.m. EST by reporter Jack Jenkins of Religious News Service. Widely shared on social media, the images drew some support but also sharp denunciations.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, issued a statement condemning the pro-abortion display.
“The true voice of the Church was only to be found within The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last evening. There, people prayed and offered the Eucharist asking God to restore a true reverence for all human life. Those whose antics projected words on the outside of the church building demonstrated by those pranks that they really are external to the Church and they did so at night – John 13:30.”
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, one of the leading pro-life Catholic voices, immediately denounced the images.
“The attempted desecration is enormous. Diabolical. Mother Mary, pray for them, now and at the hour of death. Amen,” he said on Twitter.
“Just when you thought @Catholic4Choice couldn’t sink any lower. The group inside is praying for babies and mothers—and for the group outside to repent and believe the Gospel,” tweeted Ryan T. Anderson, president of the Ethics & Public Policy Center.
“The President of the United States is the most prominent Catholic in America. He must condemn this immediately,” tweeted CatholicVote.org. “His implicit defiance of Catholic social teaching on life has fueled this division in our church that activists are now exploiting.”