A Catholic priest, Father Norman Weslin goes about defending the Church’s Teachings on the sanctity of human life in his protest against abortion. He attempts to protest on the campus of a Catholic University, Notre Dame, where he should be welcome as a Catholic priest.
He wasn’t welcomed. He was arrested for trespassing, for putting one foot on to Notre Dame property. And then spent the next 4 minutes being brutally manhandled and handcuffed just for taking that step. Manhandled while he sang to Our Lady aka “Notre Dame”.
Why was a 78 y/o Man of God manhandled like this? Look the pain on Fr Weslin’s face – for what? For being a Catholic Priest, for following his vows, for trying to save the lives of unborn children, for protesting that a Catholic University wuld reward a man with an honorary degree who is as far away from the Church’s Teaching on abortion that it can get.
Fr Weslin was not treated with the respect a Catholic priest should have been given – trespassing or not. He was doing his job just as the policemen were doing theirs. Who treated the other as thy would like to have been treated? Who never fought or complained or waivered despite the obvious pain and humiliation?
Fr Weslin to policemen:
We’re Catholic priests. Why are you arresting a Catholic priest for trying to stop the killing of a baby? Use your mind. What are you doing that for? Why are you arresting a priest for trying to stop the killing of a baby? You’ve got it all backwards.
This was the policemen’s answer.
Note how Fr Weslin’s hands are bound tightly behind him and the pressure of the handhold of the blue blanket is directly on them – jostling up and down on his hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders as they haul him away. Just try it. Get in that position yourself. Have someone used a soft sock to bind your wrists and see how uncomfortable it is. Then imagine you have the joints of a 78 y/o man. And then imagine that your arms have been broken before. And then realize that the officer who handcuffed him knew about Fr Weslin’s injuries and did it anyway as Father “resisted” by singing.
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While Fr Weslin was still jailed following his second arrest, others carried on the protest. Even as barry accepted an award ASU said he was not qualified to receive. One that should never have been awarded to a man who thinks abortion, something the Church classifies as murder. Here a unidentified nun is acting out her faith. Look at the pain on her face and look at the deference she was given.
Why the difference?
And indoors the alleged Catholic priest, who allowed his fellow priest to be manhandled, shakes hands with a man who vows never to outlaw the murder of the most innocent of soul even as he admits determining whether life begins at conception is above his pay grade.
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Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but within are ravening wolves.