Thursday, July 14, 2016

Choosing Christ Over Chaos: America Needs Fatima to organize 5,000 Public Rosaries for Police

For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert E. Ritchie, America Needs Fatima
Tel.: 717-309-1990 

Hanover, PA, July 14, 2016 – America Needs Fatima is pleased to announce that 5,000 groups are preparing to pray a Public Rosary for Police in locations across America on Saturday, July 16, the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 12:00 noon local time.

The general public is invited to participate.  Special Prayer Captains to lead a Public Rosary can sign up at or for more information call 866-584-6014 or 888-317-5571.

America Needs Fatima, based in Hanover Penn, has organized public rosaries for years across the nation as well as in other countries.
Mr. Francis Slobodnik, Public Rosaries Coordinator said: “After the brutal murder of five police officers in Dallas, Public Rosaries offer powerful moral support for our honorable police officers. They are a peaceful voice against those who promote anarchy, communism, and social tension.
“We pray for all people, but especially for our honorable police officers and their families.  They’re on the front lines for order against chaos.  When we pray for the police, we’re choosing Christ over chaos.

"The liberal media wants people to think there’s all this social tension.  And communist style agitators exaggerate the ‘hatred thing’.  It’s just not true," Slobodnik said. "Most Americans want peace.  And blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the earth.  We’d have peace if we follow God and the Blessed Mother, and prayed the Rosary."

That’s why Prayer Captains are gearing up for 5,000 Public Rosaries for Police on July 16 at 12:00 noon local time. 

“The concept of doing a Public Rosary is catching on,” Slobodnik added, “with the crusader types who promote the pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-America message.”

"The Holy Rosary is a spiritual weapon," said Mr. Slobodnik.  "The idea of 5,000 Public Rosaries for Police across America somehow brings God’s healing power to work.  This gives me hope for our future!”

The Public Rosaries for Police is sponsored by The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and its America Needs Fatima campaign.  For more information call 888-317-5571 or go to

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dallas: The Target Is Order


Dallas was not just another attack by a lone shooter against defenseless civilians. Rather, it was a highly symbolic act against those who defend order.
The target was order. The target was the uniforms and badges the officers were wearing. Those who died were merely representatives of order. They were the defenders of the principles and institutions around which society agrees to be organized.
Defending this order is made more difficult by the fact that the Dallas massacre was directed against an order of things that is decaying. As society unravels, the order that once united us as a people is also coming apart. Our political leadership no longer strongly defends society’s core principles. Those who target this weakened order know that revolutions always take place against decaying orders, not healthy ones.
When this order prevailed, it was harder for deeds like those in Dallas to occur. A person was part of society, and a crime brought dishonor upon oneself, one’s family and community. It was also harder for a policeman to make judgment errors since he also was part of the community. His role was more often keeping watch over those he knew, rather than engaging violent criminals he did not know.The order that used to unite us together as a people was a social consensus that centered on an array of principles, social institutions and religious beliefs that enriched and gave meaning to our lives. The warm social bonds of family, local communities and faith were the glue that gave unity and purpose to the nation. A moral code based on the Ten Commandments gently informed order and encouraged civility in society.
Such a description appears almost idyllic today, but everyone back then knew it was not a perfect society. It had defects and limitations as all societies do. It was a system laden with duties and responsibilities. However, with an admirable can-do attitude, we did not founder among our shortcomings but worked hard to overcome them, with great confidence in God and only minimal assistance from government.
We should see the Dallas terrorist attack in this context.
These sniper kills were not about the color of one’s skin or any other narrative created to obfuscate the issues and fan discontent. The subversives who openly support Dallas-type violence direct their hatred against what remains of the American consensus and the structures of order that used to unite us as a people.
In the frenetic intemperance of our days, so many want everything instantly, effortlessly, and without hardship. They howl with indignation and resentments when others deny them the object of their desires. When an institution demands of them responsibilities beyond their gratifications, they call for its suppression. When personal rules run contrary to public laws, order breaks down.The underlying philosophy behind the nation’s unrest is the extreme individualism born in the sixties. We have established a situation where individuals have set themselves up in their own little worlds with their own sets of rules. It is a social world that Alasdair MacIntyre calls “a meeting place for individual wills, each with its own set of attitudes and preferences and who understand that world solely as an arena for the achievement of their own satisfaction.”
It is no coincidence that nearly all our recent atrocities happen against a backdrop of broken families, shattered communities, and empty churches that blight our social landscape.
Those who see order as impermissible restraint and swap liberty for license take advantage of our social weakness to peddle politicized narratives that foment unrest against order.
In times such as ours, there should be political leaders, educators, parents and priests with the courage to defend the order we so desperately need. They should be on the front lines in the fight for our culture. Instead, so many of them can be seen yielding to the demands of microaggressed millennials or surrendering to the tyranny of political correctness.
Thus, more than just our support, the police officer deserves our profound respect and admiration. And those who foment social disorder ought to be denounced and rejected.In contrast, we see courage in the policeman who is sent to do a job that is not properly his. He is sent to represent and defend an order abandoned by many of it leaders. Nevertheless, obedient to his honorable calling, the policeman risks everything he has in the fulfillment of his duty. He goes out to protect that decadent society which refuses to be serious about defending itself and tumbles to its ruin. He advances into the line of fire to shield the rest of us, even those calling for his death. Every day, as he comes on duty, he is ready to die to defend the remnants of order, safeguard the public peace, and uphold the common good of the nation. Indeed, the thin blue line is the last low rampart between order and chaos.
Indeed, we must remember the target is order. Once order is gone, there is nothing left. As Russell Kirk said, “Order is the first need of the soul” without which there can be no law, justice, or freedom.
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Over 2,000 Rallies Invite Fourth of July Reflections About Nation We’ve Become

By John Horvat II | July 1, 2016 | 9:37 AM EDT

The Fourth of July has always been an occasion for Americans to unite together in family, community and faith to celebrate our country’s birth. However, it should also invite us to ponder our foundational institutions and principles. The date should be a time to take action to defend those traditions and moral values that have always defined us as a nation.
This is especially necessary in our times because we have strayed so far from the founders’ vision. The moral consensus that once united us has been so shattered that we are now a polarized and fractured republic. The Fourth of July invites us to reflect upon the sad state of the nation we have become ... and do something about it.
That is why it was so significant that a little over a week before this Independence Day, tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life gathered nationwide to make these reflections and act upon them. On the eve of the June 26 anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision approving so-called same-sex “marriage,” these Americans held 2,217 rosary rallies registering a loud “No!” to this major step that undermines one of America’s fundamental institutions.
The link between family structures and the birth of our nation could not be clearer. It was the strong foundation of families with a father as the head and the mother as the heart that made America great. Throughout our history, dynamic American families brought America together as one big family to confront war and depression, good times and bad, prosperity and growth. In our literature and culture, we still remember with great longings those times when the family was the basic social unit.  
The Sexual Revolution of the sixties did much to destroy this notion of family by putting sexual gratification over the sacrifice of raising children. It promoted sterile unions that make the contracepted self the center of all relationships. This Revolution has glorified the pleasures of the individual and diminished the concern for the common good. We have departed a long way from the sturdy virtues that saw us born 240 years ago.
The rallies are a response to this America we have become. They are sponsored by the America Needs Fatima campaign, a group of Catholics dedicated to spreading Our Lady of Fatima’s urgent message for society. The idea of these gatherings is to bring the fight for America’s heart and soul to the public square by inviting people to pray publicly for the nation. On June 25, groups of five, ten, fifty or hundreds gathered at conspicuous locations with a large banner promoting marriage, to pray the rosary, and clearly bear witness to the need for America’s return to order.
Nothing could be more American than to question a reigning tyranny, in this case, that of the sexual revolution. Likewise, nothing is more American than confronting corresponding adversity. These brave Americans take on the media and liberal establishment that peddle the absurd view that sexual license is an embodiment of American freedom.
Rally participants know that they will be reviled, ridiculed and even physicallyattacked by “tolerant” individuals who rabidly disagree with the rallies. However, they are often surprised by a much greater outpouring of support from countless passersby, young and old, who are relieved to see defenders of the family in the public square.  
This witness to the family is not just an occasional event. What has come to be called “Saint Joseph traditional marriage rallies” are now held regularly and are growing in locations all across the country. It is a healthy reaction to the sexual revolution and the misguided public policy and judicial fiat that force its agenda upon the nation. It is an encouraging sign that the issue will not go away.
On this Fourth of July, let us celebrate with our families those great American institutions and principles that gave birth to our great nation. But let us also celebrate and resolve to defend marriage and the family, as a means to return to the America we should be.
John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published articles. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property.