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    Fr. Norman Weslin has passed away
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    From Randal Caffery:

    Tom,
     
    Raymond Soileau just informed me that Fr. Norman Weslin died yesterday, 5/16 about 7:30pm.  He had been suffering with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.  He was living in Traverse City, Michigan.  He was married before becoming a priest (was in the Army I think) and his wife is from Michigan so I'm sure he'll be buried with his wife.  She died from a drunk driver hitting their car.  He was arrested in the Notre Dame / Obama scandal which I think you may have seen it first hand.  Raymond tells me some of the America's Party leaders knew him.
     
    If you could, pass it on to the group.

     

     

    Posted 2012-05-17 7:24 AM (#61544) By: EternalVigilance


    Obama and Priest.jpg

    We'll see who receives the honors in heaven. 

    Posted 2012-05-17 7:27 AM (#61545 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance



    http://youtu.be/iiz4tfjSuPc
    Posted 2012-05-17 7:40 AM (#61546 - in reply to #61545) By: gcsteven


    May millions of Americans find the kind of moral courage demonstrated by this decent, honorable man.
    Posted 2012-05-17 7:56 AM (#61547 - in reply to #61545) By: EternalVigilance


    [Keyes+arrested.jpg]
    Posted 2012-05-17 8:11 AM (#61548 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance


    From American Catholic (Link)

     

    Father Norman Weslin, Champion of the Unborn

     

    There will come a day in this country when future generations will look back on legal abortion with the same shame and abhorrence that we now look upon slavery. In that future those who stood up for the unborn will be regarded as heroines and heroes. On that day no name will be more praised than that of Father Norman Weslin.

    Father Weslin followed an extremely unlikely path to the priesthood. Born 80 years ago to Oscar and Hilma Weslin, he was the 16th of 18 children, the first ten of whom died in infancy. The family lived in Iron City in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A tough land, it often produces tough people, and Norman Weslin was no exception. Always in trouble in school, a bright spot in his life was his future wife Mary Lou who he met in the fifth grade. She was Catholic and he was Lutheran, but that made no difference to him. As they reached high school age she became the center of his life.

    At 17 he joined the Army and asked Mary Lou to marry him. She flatly refused unless he made something of himself. Perhaps to the astonishment of both of them he did. He graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in October of 1951 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He went on to artillery and missile school at Fort Bliss, Texas. While there he converted to Catholicism and he and Mary Lou were married.

    He then attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia which began his association with the 82nd Airborne. Unfortunately, it was here that he began to drink heavily and became, in the words of Father Weslin, for the next twenty years “a hopeless alcoholic”. While stationed in Panama in 1952 he almost killed Mary Lou while driving drunk. The doctor treating her after the collision told him that she had suffered a massive brain concussion and was going to die. A nurse gave him a green scapular and told him to pin it to Mary Lou’s pajamas and pray, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.” He did so. Against the odds Mary Lou fully recovered and left the hospital three days later.

    While on assignment in Japan Mary Lou and he adopted their children, two Japanese-American kids, a 2 month old boy and an 11 month old girl. (Along with his kids, Father Weslin now has two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.) After Japan it was back to Fort Bliss, where Weslin graduated at the top of his class in nuclear missiles. High level positions followed. He served tours of duty in both Korea and Vietnam during his career in the Army.

    All during this time Weslin continued to drink heavily. In 1963 he accidentally set himself on fire while trying to restart a barbecue grill and nearly burned himself to death. The drinking continued until 1968 when he retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Joining Alcoholics Anonymous, he turned his life completely over to God and has never drank a drop of alcohol, other than that contained in the sacramental appearance of the Blood of Christ, since that time.

    Turning his life over to God was not just a phrase to Norman Weslin. He began to read some of the spiritual classics of the Faith, including the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross and he especially was touched by Saint Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary. He received a master’s degree in theology from the Roman Catholic School of Applied Theology at the University of Berkley, of all places, and was disgusted, in his words, at the heresy and blasphemy taught at that institution.

    In 1969 he began his involvement in the pro-life cause when he led the fight in Colorado to defeat a bill legalizing abortion. Mary Lou fully shared his passion for the pro-life cause.

    Mary Lou and Norman planned to spend their retirement teaching Indian kids on a reservation in Montana. These plans came to a tragic end on July 2, 1980. A car rear-ended the Weslin’s car which their daughter was driving, and Mary Lou was killed. After her loss Norman was buried in grief for some time. Ironically the driver of the car that struck his car was drunk at the time. Norman personally forgave the driver. Pulling his life back together, he transformed their home in Colorado Springs into the Mary Weslin Homes for Pregnant, Unwed Mothers. To date over 226 mothers have stayed at the home prior to giving birth to their children.

    In 1982 Weslin entered the Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales, Wisconsin to begin his studies for the priesthood at age 52. This was during the misrule of Archbishop Rembert Weakland. After two years the orthodox, and outspoken, Weslin was kicked out by the academic dean after Weslin refused to attend a class he believed taught heresy. He continued his studies at Mater Dei Seminary in Spokane, Washington. After ordination he joined the Oblates of Wisdom Order.

    Prior to his ordination Father Weslin had taken part in abortion blockades at abortion clinics, once with Bishop Austin Vaughan, his spiritual adviser. On retired status from his Order in 1988 he decided to take part in an abortion rescue in Atlanta. He and 260 other pro-lifers were sent to Key Roads prison. While there Father Weslin, for attempting to say Mass, spent nine days in solitary. Imprisonment can often be surprisingly productive for those willing to use the time to think, as Father Weslin did. During his time in solitary Father Weslin came up with the idea for the Lambs of Christ. This would be an organization which would engage in civil disobedience at abortion clinics and thereby buy time for women to change their minds about aborting their kids.

    Father Weslin immediately began to carry out his plan. By 1992 he was successful enough that Time magazine had an article on the Lambs of Christ which may be read here. Father Weslin has been imprisoned since 1988, 70 or 80 times, he has lost count. Occasionally he has been found not guilty by juries , but usually he is convicted and goes to jail. After he gets out he goes on to the next abortion clinic.

    To its ever lasting dishonor, the administration of Notre Dame had Father Weslin arrested on May 15, 2009 when he protested the granting of an honorary degree to [Alleged] President Obama, the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history.

    10 posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:11:55 AM by Mrs. Don-o (Blessed are you when men persecute you ...for they did the same to the prophets who went before you.)
    Posted 2012-05-17 8:14 AM (#61549 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance


    "Notre Dame is arresting its Catholic Priests. Why would you arrest a Catholic Priest for stopping the killing of a baby? Notre Dame you have it all backwards." -Father Norman Weslin.

    More archives at America's Party News: 

    Fr. Weslin In Need of Prayer

    A message from Fr. Weslin

    Pro-life training in DC, June 12 - 14; No Cost to all who attend.

    Notre Dame suppresses the truth - threatens to cut feed of those who cover protest of Obama

    BREAKING: Charges dropped against ‘Notre Dame 88’

    An open letter to Notre Dame's president to release abortion protesters

    Notre Dame Pro-Life Efforts a "Mockery" While Pro-Life Protesters Face Charges: ND Law Prof

    Notre Dame's New Bishop Was Critical of Obama Scandal

    The Continuing Scandal of the Notre Dame 88 [visit www.freetheND88.org !]

    Norma McCorvey stopped, Father Norman Weslin arrested (again) by Notre Dame University****


    Alan Keyes, Priest Arrested at Notre Dame Protest

    Friday, May 15, 2009 7:10 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former Republican presidential hopeful Alan Keyes, a Roman Catholic priest and 19 others were arrested Friday after marching onto the University of Notre Dame campus to protest [Alleged] President Barack Obama's planned commencement speech.

    The arrests marked the third straight Friday that protesters have been detained. They are angry about the school's decision to give Obama, who supports abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research, an honorary degree and have him speak at Sunday's commencement.

    "Notre Dame is arresting a priest," the Rev. Norman Weslin, founder of the Lambs of Christ abortion protest group, said as Notre Dame security personnel put plastic restraints on his wrists Friday. "Why are you arresting a priest for trying to stop the killing of a baby? You've got it all backward."

    Weslin, 78, who has been arrested dozens of times at abortion clinic blockades, was carried off on a stretcher. He and two others were charged with resisting law enforcement.

    All 21 arrested were charged with trespassing. Keyes and five others were ordered held in the St. Joseph County Jail until Monday because it was their second time being arrested on a charge of trespassing at Notre Dame, said Sgt. Bill Redman, St. Joseph County Police Department spokesman. Bond was set at $250 for the others.

    None of those arrested were students.

    On May 1, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry and another man were arrested on campus while pushing strollers containing dolls covered in fake blood. On May 8, Keyes and 21 others, many of them pushing strollers containing dolls covered in fake blood, were arrested.

    Read more http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/us_obama_notre_dame/2009/05/15/214912.html



    Edited by gcsteven 2012-05-17 9:17 AM
    Posted 2012-05-17 8:35 AM (#61552 - in reply to #61546) By: gcsteven


    Video taken by our party chaplain, Dr. Gordon James Klingenschmitt:

     

    Posted 2012-05-17 9:13 AM (#61553 - in reply to #61552) By: EternalVigilance


    One of Father Norman Weslin’s Attorneys Pays Him Tribute for the Battles He Fought
    May 17th, 2012 by Thomas More Society

    Thomas More Society Defended Him and Others Arrested in May, 2009 at Notre Dame

    May 17, 2012 (Chicago, IL) Long time pro-life activist leader, Fr. Norman Weslin, died Wednesday evening at the Cherry Hill Haven retirement home in Traverse City, Michigan, owned and operated by Patti, wife of Tom Dixon, who had served as lead attorney for Fr. Weslin and the other so-called “ND88” – peaceable demonstrators who were arrested and jailed three years ago this month when they dared to step onto the campus of Notre Dame University, to protest against the commencement honors bestowed on pro-abortion [Alleged] President Barack Obama. Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, which assisted in Dixon’s defense of the ND88, shared these thoughts:

    “Father Weslin was a saintly priest, and as good and honorable a man who ever walked on American soil. While undoubtedly he will be greatly missed, his inspiration and example — defending life with such selfless, intensive vigor and passion — will abide in memory and live on in the hearts of pro-lifers for generations. Rest in peace Father, knowing that your light will continue to burn as the brightest star.”

    Father Weslin was imprisoned more than 70 times for peaceable, non-violent protests outside abortion clinics all over the United States.  Many thousands of Catholics and other Christians and pro-lifers were deeply moved by one of his more recent and famous arrests when, carrying a large wooden cross, he was stopped and taken into custody at Notre Dame, while inquiring of his captors, “Why would you arrest a Catholic priest at a Catholic University for trying to stop the killing of a baby?” Then Father collapsed while singing the traditional May crowning hymn, “Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing … our hearts are on fire.” The Thomas More Society intervened to hire the heroic Indiana lawyer, Tom Dixon, who had volunteered to represent all those jailed. Charges against Fr. Weslin and the others were all dismissed last year. A video of Father’s arrest can be seen here .

    “In memory of Father Weslin, we will continue to fight for the sanctity of life and the free, robust exercise of religious faith, two values for which he fought hard,” added Brejcha.

    Father Weslin epitomized the virtues of courage and wisdom, and he was perhaps somewhat ahead of his time, as just weeks ago the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for Catholics across the country to engage, if need be, in peaceful acts of civil disobedience in protest against the Obama Administration’s “HHS Health Care mandate” – using the same non-violent tactics that Fr. Weslin had practiced for decades.

    Father Weslin and his wife Mary, who had been killed in an automobile accident before Father became a priest, are survived by two adopted children.

    Posted 2012-05-17 4:42 PM (#61561 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance


    May 22, 2009

    A message from Fr. Weslin ... 

    Posted 2012-05-17 5:42 PM (#61563 - in reply to #61561) By: Philomena


    To: EternalVigilance; BlackElk

    Thanks for posting. We New York Lambs of Christ are devastated by our loss and Heaven’s gain.

    We will never forget your friendship, your spiritual and active leadership, your words and your example.

    Today at the Rochester church, aptly named Our Lady of Victory, he led us from to pray the Rosary at Planned Parenthood and return for Mass and Confessions, the St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Guild is celebrating Mass with a talk on Religious Liberty.

    Imagine he died three years to the day of his arrest at Notre Dame. Who will risk arrest protesting Sibelius at Georgetown???

    ” Father Weslin also gave us one more “divine set-up” by dying on the eve of the Ascension into Heaven of Jesus.”

    Father always told us: “We win!!!

    “When the time comes, as surely it will,

    When we face that awesome moment, the final judgment,

    I’ve often thought, as (Bishop) Fulton Sheen wrote,
    that it is a terrible moment of loneliness.

    You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God
    - and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine.

    But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone.

    I think there be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world - and they will plead for every one who has been in this movement.

    They will say to God ‘Spare him, because he loved us.’
    And God will look at you and say not `Did you succeed?’
    But `Did you try?’

    ~~Congressman Henry Hyde

    I thought you all would like reading Father’s remarks after his arrest at Notre Dame.

    http://www.americaspartynews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=4795&posts=4

    “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” Pope John Paul II


    64 posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 9:43:58 AM by victim soul
    Posted 2012-05-18 12:49 PM (#61577 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance


    Received this morning:


    All,

    Another message from my friend Raymond on Fr. Weslin’s funeral - You can offer condolences at the funeral home website:

    http://www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com/index.php/obituaries/details/613-fr-norman-weslin

    Randal Caffery

    Posted 2012-05-22 7:09 AM (#61605 - in reply to #61544) By: EternalVigilance


     

    Alan Keyes explains witnessing at Notre Dame, notice how the official is perturbed by Alan's insistence of trying to communicate to the official's conscience:

    part 1 video here

    part 2 video here

    Posted 2012-05-24 8:39 AM (#61627 - in reply to #61546) By: forJustice



    Notre Dame now barks, but they welcomed BO while imprisoning people who stood against Obama and what he represented in 2009.

    So why are they filing a lawsuit now?

    What positions has BO changed since he spoke at Notre Dame in 2009?

    Notre Dame, other groups file new lawsuits against contraception rule  ...

    Posted 2012-05-24 8:51 AM (#61629 - in reply to #61627) By: forJustice

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