Why I can't identify with Bishop Galantino
So Bishop Nunzio Galantino can’t “identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary”? Well, I can’t identify with Bishop Galantino.
If the people praying on the sidewalks don’t look jolly, maybe it’s because they have something troubling on their minds—such as, just possibly, the slaughter taking place inside the clinics. Or maybe they’re just focused on their prayers.
Back in the late 1980s, in the heyday of Operation Rescue, those of us who gathered on the sidewalks would regularly be confronted by militant pro-abortion demonstrators, who would shout insults and obscenities as we prayed. It takes some discipline to resist the temptation to shout back, to shut out all the noise and concentrate on the prayer.
One day M, a woman from our parish joined us outside the clinic. We were only casual acquaintances, although our few conversations had been friendly enough. I didn’t know anything about her background, and I didn’t know whether she was prepared for the hostility we faced. That day there were dozens of pro-abortion demonstrators, and their mood was even angrier than usual. After a while I caught a glimpse of M, standing at the edge of the people saying the Rosary, right next to the counter-demonstrators. People were leaning over her shoulders, screaming blasphemies. And M just stood there, quietly praying, her face completely serene.
To me, the fact that M could walk into this situation without any experience, and bear the brunt of the opposition’s anger without losing her composure, was evidence of a robust interior life. I recognized her as someone with a deep reservoir of spiritual strength. It was her expressionless face that impressed me.
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Posted by: [email protected] -
May. 21, 2014 2:28 PM ET USA
Bishop Galantino is short on brains and obvious incite to the real issues.
Posted by: skall391825 -
May. 21, 2014 3:44 AM ET USA
Now, that's the Phil Lawler I admire. Francis would approve.
Posted by: Kansas Girl -
May. 20, 2014 10:43 PM ET USA
I wish our bishops and even Pope Francis were less concerned about issues such as the debatable "climate change" and more concerned about the real issues that confront us -- abortion, same-sex "marriage," the ignorance of our young people about faith issues and the fact that the church is losing so many of them to other faiths (Christian and non-Christian) or to no faith. Please address the real issues, bishops and clergy. Be good shepherds to your flock.
Posted by: Savonarola -
May. 20, 2014 6:14 PM ET USA
This bishop needs prayers badly. In a certain respect he is worse than the many cowardly bishops who fail to speak; he is actually mocking the pro-life effort.
Posted by: LAR -
May. 20, 2014 3:59 PM ET USA
Thank you for your commentary. This Bishop's words felt like a knife in my heart. I will be praying for him.
Posted by: jg23753479 -
May. 19, 2014 10:29 PM ET USA
I am at a loss to understand why Pope Francis recently approved this man's appointment as the 2nd ranking prelate in the Italian bishops's conference. Galantino's sneer at pro-life witnesses reveals him to be a man who has personally accepted legalized slaughter. And his deliberate use of the pro-abortion euphemism "interruption of pregnancy" tells us just how compromised his thinking on the matter really is. This kind of behavior developed over time. Why didn't the pope know this about him?