CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS HOST TO A PRO-ABORTION CANDIDATE DURING ADVENT ON THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION AT A CHURCH NAMED AFTER THE MOTHER OF GOD.
Earlier this month, I included information about St. Mary’s Catholic church hosting a pro-abortion candidate’s fundraising event on December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). Since then I have learned that the candidate (Kevin Olickal) is definitely a member of the church. Plus, many of the co-hosts of the fundraising event also belong to the church and are prominent Indian-American businessmen in the Chicago area. You’d think all involved would know better than to host a fundraiser at a Catholic church on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Instead of planning a special Mass or prayer service in honor of Our Blessed Mother, these Catholic businessmen decided to host a fundraiser to advance anti-Catholic policies in Illinois.
I’m being told the pastor claims that it wasn’t “church endorsed” and “doesn’t have anything to do about it.”
Well, that seems a bit disingenuous…and convenient. You see, it’s a tacit blessing! He’s the shepherd. He should know this could cause major scandal…or at least confusion among his flock.
Does the average parishioner and voter even know Kevin doesn’t have the support of the church after seeing the flyers for this event? Do they know the church isn’t helping in organizing the event, beyond providing the space? Nothing on the church’s website or in church communication explicitly informed parishioners that the church in no way had anything to do with the fundraising event. Plus, nothing in the event advertising explicitly informed people that the event was not a part of the church. Nothing.It’s all left up to each of us to figure out. So, when the average person sees the candidate’s name and the church’s name together, it’s only logical that the candidate is being supported by the church.
Therefore, based on the perception, it wasachurch-approvedevent for a pro-abortion political candidate. On the Feast of The Immaculate Conception!
So, what was the pastor thinking? Maybe he was looking at the dollar signs when deciding not to cancel the event. That’s because Kevin and the co-hosts are the same individuals who support the church in a very big financial way, so I’m told.
We may not know for sure why the event was allowed to happen, but let’s make sure the Bishop of the diocese (see below) is made aware of this conflict of interest. No Catholic church should be associated with any pro-abortion candidates. Ever.
As a reminder, Kevin Olickal (D), is seeking the Democrat nomination for the 16th State House District. The Church is St. Mary’s in Morton Grove, which is part of the Syro-Malibar Catholic Rite, originating in India. It is not a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
[By the way, the race for the 16th house district seat is going to be very intriguing, as the sitting Democrat representative did not vote with the abortion lobby on the Reproductive Health Act (SB25). He’s now facing the political “consequences.” I’ll tell you more about this in the future.]
So, who is Kevin Olickal and what does he support? According to his campaign website, Kevin stands for abortion rights, which is directly contrary to Catholic Doctrine. He’s up front about it on his website. All indications are that he stands with Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby 100%. Kevin also worked for State Rep Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), who is also staunchly pro-abortion. She even voted for The Reproductive Health Act (SB 25), which is the most extreme piece of abortion legislation ever in US history.
Here’s the ad for the fundraising event
ICE-PAC’S CALL-TO-ACTION IN HONOR OF THE MOTHER OF GOD!
Please respectfully contact Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath to express your displeasure that St. Mary’s hosted a pro-abortion candidate’s fundraising event. Why?
1. Catholics should not explicitly or implicitly support anyone who supports intrinsic evil, such as abortion. 2. This portrays the Catholic Church as supporting Kevin Olickal, who enthusiastically supports abortion. 3. This is a tactic endorsement by St. Mary’s, it’s pastor, and the congregation for Kevin Olickal for State Rep of the 16th House District.
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