The following comes from a Jan 19 story in Angelus, the online paper for the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to downtown Los Angeles.
The Jan. 17 event began in the historic La Placita Olvera, where the rapidly growing crowd encircled the gazebo at the plaza’s center.
After a prayer from Archbishop José Gomez, the assembled crowds began a walk through downtown. They processed along the barricaded route past the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and ended at Grand Park.
OneLife LA posters depicting pregnant women, families, the elderly, and the disabled bobbed above the sea of walkers.
Attendees from every part of Southern California sported t-shirts or carried banners labeled with their home parish, city or organization.
Jessica Bois, who attends Christian Assembly church in Eagle Rock, hoped that the event would raise awareness.
“Obviously people know that the pro-life movement exists, but I appreciate that they are having speakers share their experiences today, especially for those who are uncertain about their views on different life issues.”
Ethan Southard, a seminarian in his sixth of seven years of formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, has been to the Walk for Life in San Francisco several times, but valued the holistic and celebratory aspects of OneLife LA.
“It’s really beautiful. What I really love about this one is the inclusivity of all human life from conception to natural death,” Southard said. “We’ve got the whole city of Los Angeles surrounding us and we’re here in the middle just celebrating life.”
Beyond the food trucks at the park’s entrance, many of the walkers unfurled blankets upon the grass. To escape the intense sunshine some sought shade behind the sparse foliage of the trees in Grand Park.
Community organizations focused on dignity of life issues set up booths along Grand Park’s perimeter to encourage future volunteers….
Ryan Bomberger, who served as the event’s keynote speaker, is co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, a life-affirming organization that addresses social issues through media content. Bomberger, an adoptee and adoptive father, tied together many of the event’s themes by emphasizing the value and beauty of each individual life.
“We live in a culture that is deceived into thinking that we can define the value of human life. All we have to do is look at history and see what happens when men or women or governmental institution decides who has value and who doesn’t. It’s not exactly a good turnout: the Holocaust, slavery, and abortion in America.”
The audience enjoyed performances from musicians Paulina Cerrilla and Miriam Jackeline Solis. The event concluded with a concert performed by Josh Garrels, a singer-songwriter originally from South Bend, Ind., whose orchestral folk music incorporates Christian themes.
Among those in attendance was Lisa Ebiner Gavit, who founded USC Students for Life and served as president for two years. Now a graduate student, she has retired from that role but still lends support at pro-life events.
“As college students, we face a lot of bias on campus, especially from fellow peers. We’ve been openly mocked in class for what we do. So it’s really inspiring to see all the support, especially from young people.”
Clyde Allen from St. Peter Claver Parish in Simi Valley came with his wife, youngest child, and two buses full of fellow parishioners, all wearing matching t-shirts imprinted with the OneLife LA logo. Allen said his hope is “that we expose our youth to an awareness and understanding of the importance of respecting life….”
To read the original story, click here.
Is this OneLife LA a Diocese function that promotes Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s 1983 “Seamless Garment” whereby all moral issues have the same weight?
Why is the Diocese lumping everything together ?
This provides confusion that gives pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia politicians the ability to be re-elected.
Until the Diocese teaches all Catholics about: ABORTION, EUTHANASIA, VOTING RESPONSIBILITY, CONTRACEPTION,
and the Mortal Sexual Sins of Adultery, Fornication, Homosexual Acts, and Pornography,
the majority of those in the Diocese will merely be confused on what is most important to get them to Heaven or send them to Hell.
When people choose to be in the state of Mortal Sin, they do not even love themselves let alone their neighbors.
Satan loves confusion.
This gives no confusion.
“Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, General Principles”
And this gives no confusion.
Edith I disagree.
The Los Angeles Walk for Life seemed to have had at its core the ‘dignity of [all] human persons.’ This is fundamental.
They [and Archbishop Gomez] are to be congratulated for highlighting all the many threats to the dignity of the human person which is central [end of life issues, treatment of the disabled and respect for their life and dignity, adoption as a safeguard to human life and dignity, suicide caused by the lies of our culture].
Yes we must combat abortion as an evil among many but the devil is clever — he would love us to go after one evil and lose the big picture…the devil wants to destroy mankind [and not just in one way – abortion]. We must recognize and stand against all threats to the person.
Let me see if I understand correctly: a large group gathers to demonstrate for pro-life, and they get bashed for it. No good deed goes unpunished!
Not “pro-life” Bob One, it is my understanding that it’s pro-“social services”.
There is a big difference.
OneLife LA is a joke.
” The official Church publication, The Angelus, (the LA Tidings online version) on December 26, 2014, details the fact the Catholic Church in Los Angeles will no longer refer to the Roe v Wade decision as a ruling to be mourned or challenged.”
” To keep a tight lid on the new message, participants, “are NOT to hand out literature or TO EDUCATE,” Kast continues. His supervisor, director of Life Justice and Peace, Kathleen Buckley-Domingo, reiterates in the article that on the anniversary of Roe, “There is not to be protest or political rallying” at the festivities.
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Meanwhile – The LA Diocese gave $40,000 in CCHD grant money to an organization pushing the homosexual agenda. https://cal-catholic.com/?p=16790
And does nothing regarding evil Catholic politicians promoting abortion and euthanasia, and receiving Holy Communion.
One cannot lead when his hands are dirty.
Sins of purposeful OMISSION are being committed.
The Bishop’s first task is to TEACH – CCC 888.
“It’s really beautiful. What I really love about this one is the *inclusivity* of all human life from conception to natural death,” Southard said. “We’ve got the whole city of Los Angeles surrounding us and we’re here in the middle just celebrating life.” = Just what the faithful Catholics still outraged and reeling from the Jon Jay studies need ….another St. John’s seminarian touting and celebrating the word “inclusivity.” Family Synod here we go again.
Bob One realizes that this is also another means of recruitment for La Raza so Bob One HAS to sound offended for affect.
Pray the rosary. ‘In the End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph’
Can anyone tell me how an Archbishop can pose for photo ops on the front page of his Tidings with the leaders of the pro-abortion, pro-sodomite Demoncrats, and actually be REALLY pro-life? They can’t. This was just a huge effort to give Gomez undeserved pro-life credentials.
I am reasonably certain that we will get this event thrown in our faces when we once again try to educate the fools that attend the annual REC! But a picture on a banner speaks louder than words!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Kenneth M. Fisher
Just like that Jesus dude Kenneth, he kept going to dinner at the houses of those bad guys too.
Abp Gomez does not teach the Faith.
There is nothing prominent on his Diocese web site about the two most important books in the Catholic Faith –
1) Sacred Scripture (Catholic Bible) which contains the speech of God in entirety (CCC 81);
2) “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” which contains the Doctrine of the Faith.
He is keeping these critically important books from all those in his Diocese. And therefore confusion and evil are prominent.
Both are available in many languages. There are no excuses.
“….the CATECHISM has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine,
enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays in her daily life.” – Pope John Paul II (CCC pg xiv)
“….. let us ask ourselves if we have actually taken a few steps to get to know Christ and the truths of faith more, by reading and meditating on the Scriptures, studying the Catechism, steadily approaching the Sacraments.” – Pope Francis , May 15, 2013.
After reading the Tidings and looking at the flyers in the local parish it was confusing. I like how un-ambiguous the Walk for Life West Coast is. It’s about the Pro-Life movement, about ending abortion and euthinasia. I’m glad they had One-Life, but it just seems confusing.
“Confusing” may be the intent of “One-Life LA”.
Deceased Cardinal Joseph Bernardin loved confusion in his “Seamless Garment” statement in 1983 at Fordham University – where moral issues are all equal.
The heresy that all moral issues are equal was debugged by Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith – Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). https://www.priestsforlife.org/magisterium/bishops/04-07ratzingerommunion.htm
Confusion is the tool of the devil.
FROM – “OneLife LA” leadership:
” The Church will instead organize a massive festival. The Roe day is now to be a Celebration of Life in its many expressions by those who are alive. ”
“We differentiate ourselves by not focusing on the political side of pro-life issues,” declares Kevin Kast, coordinator of the event. To keep a tight lid on the new message, participants, “are not to hand out literature or to educate,” Kast continues. ”
Apparently “OneLife LA” parties for those lucky enough who are not among the over 1 MILLION aborted each year.
These are the lucky ones who have not been tortured by chemical burning or dismemberment before their deaths.
If you re-read the quote from the leadership, it sounds like it is being promoted by the Democratic Party of death. And all those politicians who want us to ignore Abortion in the voting booth.
Either Abp Gomez is ignorant of being used, or promotes heresy himself.
Wheels that is not true. The San Francisco Walk for Life is only about abortion. Read their goal:
“To be a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for life. To reach out to women harmed by abortion. To inform society of the damage done to women by abortion.”
Which is why it was refreshing to see the Los Angeles Walk for Life was refreshing as it included abortion and also the other threats to the dignity of the human person and life:treatment of the disabled, end-of-life issues, suicide, and abortion. Archbishop Gomez is to be lauded for his foresight in including these other issues.
And nothing wrong with the San Francisco Walk for Life. We should all be fighting for the dignity and value of every human life.
Until our Church leaders have the COURAGE to firmly establish a good Catholic Catechism program in all parishes and schools, and to correctly regulate all Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, charities, and all other Church institutions, according to the Church’s Code of Canon Law— nothing will get accomplished! This is a big, silly waste of time, for foolish kids with no direction, amusing themselves, with yet another silly, useless “hippie party,” under the Los Angeles sun! At least, they are being made aware of the fact that all life is precious! At least, that is their “party theme!” It could be worse! And where is the silly, useless Archbishop?? Hiding behind WHAT? Church leaders ALL seem to be silly COWARDS!! Yet, they are all supposed to be READY TO DIE FOR THEIR LORD, while teaching and preaching His Faith, to the millions! Church leaders who are blessed to live in free nations, like America, are so lucky! Others are persecuted and killed, in Communist or militant Muslim nations! They all had better get to work NOW, for Christ! Tomorrow may be too late!!
Everyone should review their own Diocese web site (and also your own Parish web site).
Then actively encourage your Diocese Bishop (and Pastor) to prominently promote:
1) Reading of Sacred Scripture;
2) Reading of the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition”;
3) Catholic ministries (such as Courage, info on contacting the Diocese Tribunal for Divorced Catholics, etc).
For quotes from Popes Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis on the CCC which may be helpful in your discussions with the Bishop, Pastor and others go to –
“What Catholics REALLY Believe SOURCE”