Measure for Measure

Dear Friends,

In his play Measure for Measure, Shakespeare shows us what happens when a proud man is given a little bit of temporary authority and forgets what it means to be made in God’s image. Instead, he does such incredibly grotesque things before high heaven which, if they were humans, would make angels weep. Even a liberal progressive like Bill Maher laughed at some of the crazy ideas being proposed by presidential candidates. He quoted Bernie Sanders saying we should let the Boston Marathon bomber vote and Elizabeth Warren, who wants taxpayers to cover sex-change operations for prisoners. But the most grotesque belief, which they all proudly hold in common, including Biden and Bloomberg, is the killing of human life through abortion as “angels weep.”

I come from a long line of Democrats. My grandmother, Mary Gillen, was the first woman elected to serve in the New York State Assembly from Kings County, and to be fair 46% of Democrats today do not consider themselves progressives. But they have no champion in their corner when it comes to life issues, only advocates for a dictatorship of relativism who deny objective truth and seek to impose their will through brute legal force. My grandmother must be rolling over in her grave at the present state of the party.

Thankfully we have friends like you who refuse to accept this madness. And you are by no means alone—young people are joining our ranks who understand the eternal truth that every child is a precious and a sacred gift from God. Together we will protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every innocent human life.

By rejecting “progressive values” and sticking with our 800-year tradition, we have connected with a steady stream of vocations for almost a decade with an average of 70 men on the path to the priesthood. It is because of you that we have been able to maintain this unprecedented number of top recruits. These men join us from the best universities of our country and many have left promising careers in finance, law, medicine, and the sciences to answer God’s call to preach the Gospel for the salvation of souls. Thank you for helping us to build a winning team that will rebuild a culture of life.

Together we will reach out to the next generation of leaders who yearn to hear a voice of reason amid the clamor of secular propaganda. Between our official campus ministries, university parishes, spiritual confraternities, and the many chapters of the Thomistic Institute, we now have a growing presence on over 50 college campuses across the country. Thank you for standing by us in this cultural battle. There is much more work to be done, and you play a crucial role in accomplishing it.




Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P.
Executive Director
Dominican Friars Foundation

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