A California Catholic Daily exclusive by Mary Rose:
On October 7, Fr. James Linton was arrested outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood and held by police for six hours. Police cited him for obstructing access to a business and he was released on his written promise to appear in court. If convicted, Fr. Linton could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine.
When he was arrested, Fr. Linton, an Anglican pastor, was standing on a public easement offering incoming mothers and fathers alternatives to abortion and praying for them to change their minds.
Fr. Linton has good reason to believe in changed minds. Although he grew up in the Christian faith and has always believed that abortion is sinful, when he and his wife were first married, they used the birth control pill — and went to Planned Parenthood to get it. It wasn’t until they learned that the pill can cause abortions that they stopped using it.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay “marriage” aided Fr. Linton’s further conversion. “God started working on my heart on all sexual ethics when I reflected on the Obergefell decision,” he said. “It felt hypocritical to be hormonally and surgically modifying our bodies to do something different than God designed and then to get indignant about homosexual behavior.”
About a year later, the Center for Medical Progress released the videos of its undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood. Fr. Linton’s wife was pregnant with their third child at the time. “The combination of seeing abortion victims sorted through for parts and my wife being pregnant destroyed me,” he said. “She organized a protest and I’ve been in front of the clinic every Friday since.”
Every Friday, starting at 6 a.m., the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood performs abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Due in part to Fr. Linton’s faithful presence and success at saving babies, the abortion facility recently built a wall in an attempt to hinder sidewalk counselors and prevent them from speaking to mothers and fathers in the parking lot.
On Friday, October 7, the Planned Parenthood manager told Fr. Linton and other sidewalk counselors not to set foot in the driveway and then called the police. The police officers told the counselors not to trespass and not to harass the patients. The counselors agreed, telling the police that they had never trespassed or harassed anyone. A few minutes later, while Fr. Linton was standing on the public easement along the side of the facility talking to a mother, police arrested him.
Fr. Linton is a pastor at Christ’s Church in Yucaipa, which is affiliated with the Anglican Church of North America. He says that other members of his church support his work: “My tribe thinks it is great.” The Anglican church in the United States is divided, however, and the historic Anglican body in the U.S., the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, is officially pro-choice.
Fr. Linton said his arrest has not discouraged him. “I have found that sidewalk counseling has been one of the most important avenues for Christian discipleship in my life,” he said. “The combination of needing to learn to listen to God in real time, proclaim truth clearly without falling into self righteousness, and release the responsibility for what happens to God has continued to bring me to a place of humble reliance and spiritual growth. So, if God is leading you, do it. Do it now. And enjoy the ride of Christian growth you’ll immediately be brought into.”
Go God! Thank you Fr. Linton. We will be praying for you and your family. Love, peace, understanding, patients, kindness, and all goodness be upon you.
It would be nice to see Bishop Barnes of the San Bernardino Diocese and a few of his parish priests joining Fr. Linton on this public easement. Let us then see if the local police would arrest all of them. It is past time for Catholic Bishops and their parish priests to stand up and fight the good fight of faith.
Keep an eye on Fr. Manny from Our Lady of Hope! He’s celebrated several masses in front of local abortion clinics!
It is the task of the laity to bring the Gospel to the secular world. It is our task as lay people to be doing what Linton has done. On the other hand it is the task of the clergy to minister to the laity. Even CS Lewis wrote about this. THis is also articulated in the documents of Vatican II: that the laity is to bring the Gospel to the secular world.
Thank you Fr. Linton and God Bless you, yours & your tribe. God says, Do Not Be Afraid. St. JPII’s favorite tip. The public sidewalk is still public. Where are the diocese lawyers to help and the unofficial contacts thru bishops to the police departments? God’s tribe should not be afraid but where is the calvary to help?
Prayers for Fr.Linton and family.
A long time ago, Fr. Michael Nolan of the San Bernardino Diocese did the exact same thing.
Eventually, Fr Nolan was ordered to do community work! They ordered him to clean the freeway easements with ordinary criminals.
The Bishop of San Bernardino ignored the courage and witness of Fr. Nolan.
How come you are so threatened by us, Curtis?
Praise God for Fr. James Linton who boldly sets a missional example for us all Christ followers. He’s concretely incarnating Christ and providing an important voice advocating for the unborn life created in God’s image. I assume he is also sharing our triune Lord’s Agape infused love with each person he confronts.
I pray that The Holy Spirit guides Fr. James Linton throughout each interaction he has during his sidewalk counseling ministry. I pray for the people he is speaking with, that their hearts are supernaturalyopened to the evangel empowering his love and compassion. I pray for the parents and unborn children Fr. James Linton is attempting to save, and for their family, friends, and support mechanisms, including the financial…
God bless you, Fr. Linton, for doing this. “Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.”
I hope and pray he eventually converts to the Catholic Church. There is Anglican ordinariate for Fr. Linton. Here in the USA, its the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.
His pro-life witness is commendable.
A theological point, however: all Anglican attempts at ordination are absolutely null and utterly void, as taught by Pope Leo XIII; therefore James Linton is not a priest. Referring to him as “Father” is merely a courtesy, not an accurate description of his status.
Under the circumstances, your comment is nit-picking. Value his faith, courage, and service and (since you are probably Catholic) pray for his conversion. But there are a lot of more critical conversions to pray for right now. Look around you.
Thank you, Fr. Linton!
Fr. Linton needs our help…
Let’s support Fr. Linton… Let’s come to his rescue, his defense… and save the innocent little babies (and their moms) being butchered at Planned Parenthood. Fr. Linton’s arrest is Evil… Evil… Evil. Enemies of God, Faith, Family, Freedom and Life are in POWER!
Warning… and if we don’t unite and take action swiftly… to tame or cage these devils… they’ll destroy anyone and everyone who interrupts their Power, Pleasure, Money or Pride… (That’s you and me… our families will be next.)
Please call your Bishop, Priest, Pastor, family, friends… RIGHT NOW… and ask for help for Fr. Linton, and His case for LIFE.
Let’s practice our FAITH HEROICALLY… and…