Saturday, May 16, 2009

80-Year-Old Priest Arrested While Carrying Cross


In the video below, you will see the elderly Fr. Norman Weslin arrested by security forces at my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.  He was arrested for trespassing, which he committed while protesting against President Obama's abortion policies.

The pictures say more than I can write.  When an 80-year-old priest is arrested at a Catholic university for following the documents of Vatican II, which state that...

...the Church cannot cease repudiating, sorrowfully but as firmly as possible, those poisonous doctrines and actions which contradict reason and the common experience of humanity...'s time for men to take up the cross.  Si quis vult me sequi, deneget semetipsum: et tollat crucem suam, et sequatur me.

I've also included excerpts from an article about Fr. Weslin posted at Daily Catholic. Apparently Fr. Weslin is a retired U.S. Army officer and an unflinching captain in the Church Militant.


    BUFFALO, New York, ( - Father Norman Weslin, founder of the pro-life group New York Lambs of Christ, was in court last Wednesday charged with violating a court order by praying in front of the Buffalo GYN Women services abortion clinic on four occasions last year.

        The court order first had pro-lifers stay 15 feet away from abortion clinics, but the distance was extended to 60 feet for certain locations. Father Weslin knelt to pray 17 feet away from the clinic. Clinic director Melinda DuBois charged, "He was kneeling on the sidewalk in a white robe and priestly-looking attire ... He knelt in front of the clinic and prayed. He would do that from 15 minutes to a half-hour."

    The Rev. Norman U. Weslin compared his federal court sentencing Thursday to Jesus appearing before Herod and Pontius Pilate. The judge responded by sentencing the 71-year-old Catholic priest and national pro-life leader to five months in federal prison.

     When asked if he wanted to speak, Weslin looked at U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara and said he had little to tell the court.

    "Jesus didn't say anything in front of Herod, and he said very little in front of Pontius Pilate," Weslin said. "I obey God's law, and whenever there's a conflict with man's law, I follow God's law."

Let us pray that we might have the courage to take up our daily cross and follow Our Lord.

Quis ut Deus!

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