The most noticeable group at the March for Life came from the Chicago Catholic church St. John Cantius. Their high school youth group, “Crusaders for Life,” wore bright yellow hooded sweatshirts, held yellow balloons emblazoned with the word “Life,” and engaged the crowd with a constant stream of chants and songs. “We love babies, yes we do! We love babies, how ‘bout you?”
Brother Chad McCoy, a Catholic monk who works at St. John Cantius Church, helped coordinate and lead the group of nearly 250.
“Some people have very different ideas about how the March for Life should be conducted, and I respect those ideas,” he said. “We don’t want to be perceived as being out there partying.”
McCoy’s group seeks to channel the students’ youthful enthusiasm toward a greater cause.
“Our goal is really to reach out to the young people,” he said. “Young people are drawn to a cause that is fun, energetic, and joyful.” And because of the movement's idealism.
“Young people want to be heroes,” he said, “they want to be warriors. As we get older, we get jaded and say, ‘It doesn’t make a difference.’
The Oogedy Boogler will add...this echoes Pope John Paul II.