It appears that many Catholic Democrats have remained silent while protests and threats against Catholic churches continue amid the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.
After the Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade was leaked last week, churches across the country have faced attacks and pro-abortion protests.
Multiple activist groups gathered outside Catholic churches on Mother’s Day and have more protests planned throughout May.
The group called “Ruth Sent Us” posted a video of women wearing costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaids Tale” walking into the front of a Catholic Church during Mass, Fox News reported.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights posted a message to their website calling for “actions outside of Churches”. “Several cities will be hosting protests outside of prominent churches in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to churchgoers or doing a die-in,” they said.
Activists gathered at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan Saturday morning to interrupt a group of pro-life protesters.
One protester wearing a one-piece bathing suit was seen running around, waving dolls and yelling “I’m killing the babies!”
“We have received a number of threats to bomb the church, burn it down,” Rev. Brian Graebe of St. Patrick’s told Fox News. “Very hateful and vile messages”.
Many senators and representatives around the country have chosen to remain silent on the issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did release a statement about protesting.
“While we have seen and heard extraordinary anguish in our communities,” she said, “we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard”.
At a White House press conference, press secretary Jen Psaki said “We have not seen violence or vandalism against Supreme Court Justices”.
“We have seen it at Catholic Churches, that’s unacceptable. The president does not support that. We have seen it at some conservative organizations, we don’t support that,” she continued.
“We certainly call for, we know the passion, we understand the passion, we understand the concern. But what the president’s position is, is that should be peaceful, the protests,” she concluded.
Ironically, those that were present at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were and are still called “insurrectionists,” yet individuals firebombing and vandalizing churches are told they have “passion”.