On Thursday, LifeSiteNews reported of a recently-launched campaign by the Catholic pro-life organization American Life League (ALL) calling on Pope Francis to declare the abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood an official "enemy of the church."
“Planned Parenthood is attacking the family, either by killing preborn children or by robbing the souls of the older children,” said Jim Sedlack, vice-president of ALL. "This is a way of calling attention to the fact that this is a very bad organization."
If the Catholic Church were to declare Planned Parenthood an "enemy of the church" it could have some serious effects. Essentially, it would mean that anyone who works for, advocates for, or merely supports Planned Parenthood would incur immediate ex-communication.
The Catholic Church has made staunch declarations condemning groups before. Pope Clement XII applied the principle to Freemasonry with the Papal Bull "In Eminenti" in 1738 and Pope Pius XII applied it to communism in 1949.
“When the pope makes the declaration it becomes crystal clear,” Sedlak said. “There’ll be no shades of gray, it’ll be black and white, it’ll be clear to the world.”
According to LifeSiteNews, many of the Catholic Church's members, including its own hierarchy, are ignorant to the damages caused by Planned Parenthood in addition to the organization providing abortions.
“They really push for getting young people into lives of sexual sin,” Sedlak said. “Young people who aren’t pulled into sexual activity do not provide a cent of income to Planned Parenthood, but young people who are pulled in provide millions of dollars to the Planned Parenthood empire.”
Sedlak also cited Planned Parenthood's past lobbying efforts to strip the Church of its status in the UN, making them literally an aggressive enemy.
ALL will be raising awareness of their campaign at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome this October. Sedlak says the campaign has received an tremendous outpouring of positive feedback thus far.