When I saw this posted yesterday I emailed the pastor Fr. Chad Puthoff of St. Thomas Aquinas to say I didn't think this kind of announcement was appropriate for a church bulletin.
"I try and keep as light a hand as possible on the bulletin. The article mentioned came from the individual parishioner listed as the contact. Personally, I do think our country stands in need of much prayer--as always. I personally do not like a sectarian prayer such as the rosary used in public forums, and consequently will not be at the rally. I think a discussion of issues, as we have had and will have in the debates, is far more useful. And I do not see our country at some cataclysmic hour, for such a view, I think, lacks Christian hope. I'd suggest you and others contact the parishioner in question for this and similar issues."
which seems like a good attitude. I just wish we could keep this stuff out of bulletins, and keep people from trying to turn Catholic parishes into grassroots Republican campaign operations. Of course, AME and black Baptist churches have been doing grassroots work for the Democrats for years, and evangelicals and white Baptists started up 30 years ago working for the Republicans. But that's no excuse. We can be better than them.
There was a time when Catholic priests, bishops, and nuns marched publicly to promote equality. Praying the Rosary for our Country, protection for the unborn, and religious freedom should be supremely important for all American Catholics this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Those of you who don't care that our Country is being run by a socialist president, that children are being murdered before they have a chance to live outside the womb, and our Church and religious freedom are under siege by the American government are welcome to stay at home.