The TFP has achieved many victories since 1973. Some of these victories – succinctly listed below – remind us that great things can be accomplished when men cooperate with God’s grace.
Record: 9,077 Public Square Rosary Rallies HeldOctober, 2012
October 13, 2012 was the sixth anniversary of the Public Square Rosary Crusade. This year the goal for the number of rallies was 8,000. However, beyond all expectations, 9,077 rallies were held across America and in over 30 other countries.
Victory: As human solutions fail to solve America's pressing crisis, hundreds of thousands turn out to pray for true solutions.
Pro-Abortion Speaker Canceled at Siena College
Catholic Siena College in upstate New York invited anti-Catholic, pro-abortion speaker Widney Brown to talk on campus.
Victory: The talk was nixed less than 12-hours after TFP Student Action launched its online protest. In a few hours, over 3,000 emails and personal phone calls were logged, respectfully urging the president of Siena College, Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., to reconsider the event. More...
Boy Vindicated After Wrongful Suspension
The Fort Worth Independent School District issued a letter to Liberty Counsel fully vindicating high school freshman Dakota Ary, who was suspended for opposing homosexuality. The District’s letter apologized and stated that “Dakota has the right to express an opinion in a manner consistent with law and policy.”
Victory: Shortly after the incident, TFP Student Action launched a petition urging Western Hills High School to completely clear Dakota Ary’s record. Very soon, over 7,500 people contacted the school with their protest and concern. The petition played a role in clearing the boy's record.
Finally, Notre Dame Drops Charges Against Pro-Lifers
Indiana prosecutor Michael Dvorak dismissed the criminal trespass charges against the “ND88,” the faithful pro-lifers who were arrested for peacefully praying on campus when the university bestowed honors on pro-abortion President Obama in 2009.
Victory: The Thomas More Society played a central role in achieving this victory. TFP Student Action members participated by sending over 20,000 protest emails to Fr. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, urging him to drop the unjust charges.
Planned Parenthood Speaker Canceled
Madonna University invited pro-abortion speaker Christine Gannon to teach a workshop on sexual issues.
Victory: The event was canceled after good pro-life students on campus and TFP Student Action spoke up. The online brochure announcing the February 26 event was also removed.
Planned Parenthood Link Vanishes at Boston College
Boston College Law School – a Catholic institution – listed the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts on its web site under "pro bono organizations." The college's web site encouraged Catholic law students to "make the time available to contribute to their work in a meaningful way." To stop the scandal, TFP Student Action launched a peaceful protest.
Victory: After a full month of letter writing, phone calls and emails, the Planned Parenthood entry finally vanished.
Professor at the University of Illinois Reinstated
Dr. Kenneth Howell, a professor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, was stripped of his teaching duties and accused by an annonymous student of "hate speech" when he voiced his agreement to the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality in his class, "Introduction to Catholicism." Students were outraged. More than 8,800 students signed a petition to reinstate Dr. Howell.
Victory: On July 29, the University of Illinois confirmed to the Alliance Defense Fund, which was representing Dr. Howell, that he would be given his teaching position back.
Jesuit Univesity Deletes Two Abortion Links
The Catholic University of Detroit Mercy featured web site links to Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups. In response to this scandal, TFP Student Action mobilized 11,500 students and parents who prayed and took peaceful action.
Victory: After initially refusing to remove the links, the university finally deleted links to abortion provider Planned Parenthood that were listed on its web site.
Blasphemy Defeated at Tarleton State U
Corpus Christi is a blasphemous play that portrays Our Lord and the Apostles as homosexuals. Therefore, when Tarleton State University announced it would host the play, TFP Student Action launched a peaceful protest. Thousands of students joined. "Staggering" is how one press report described the amount of protest emails and phone calls the university received. The Lieutenant Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst, also condemned the play.
Victory: The lewd play was canceled. On March 26, Tarleton State University confirmed the cancellation, adding that the offensive play would not be rescheduled.
Catholic College Deletes Abortion Link
Rosemont College – a Catholic institution – had listed Planned Parenthood on its web site under "career paths and opportunities." TFP Student Action members politely urged the president of Rosemont College, Dr. Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, to remove the abortion link.
Victory: The link to Planned Parenthood was pulled less than 24-hours after the TFP begun its online protest. Thank you, Rosemont College.
No More "Queer Film Festivals" at Notre Dame
Starting in 2004, homosexual activists had been allowed to hold a yearly "Queer Film Festival" at the University of Notre Dame. One such event featured Terrence McNally, author of the blasphemous production "Corpus Christi" which portrays Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles as homosexuals.
Reacting to the scandal, TFP Student Action lead multiple petitions of protest addressed to Fr. John I. Jenkins, CSC, politely requesting that he cancel events that promote homosexual vice. As a result, thousands of letters and emails poured into the administrative offices of Notre Dame.
Victory: According to an article published in The Observer on February 16, 2009, "not only will there be no gay film festival this year [at the University of Notre Dame], it's probably kaput for good."
Eucharist Desecration Videos Pulled From YouTube
A young man posted 55 videos on YouTube that showed him going into a church, receiving the Consecrated Host on the tongue, removing it and stepping on it, burning it, piercing it with a staple gun, smoking it, and even nailing it to a stick. Although the videos seemed to violate YouTube’s posting policies forbidding videos that are offensive or incite hatred, YouTube did nothing to remove them.
The TFP immediately contacted 227,000 Catholics in the United States, coordinating a holy crusade against these sacrilegious videos. Consequently, 54,619 people protested to YouTube, including Catholics from abroad. More importantly, two thousand people offered a holy hour of reparation in front of the Blessed Sacrament.Victory: The massive protest achieved results: the man removed his 55 videos!
Soon after, however, another blasphemer posted more videos of Eucharist desecrations on YouTube. Again the TFP protested and after a few weeks of intense campaign, YouTube removed his user and his videos vanished. The blasphemer did not give up but reposted the hateful videos under a new user name.
Victory: Within a few days, YouTube pulled the videos and deleted his new user name.
Traditional Marriage Wins in three States
Joining the efforts of other pro-family organizations, TFP Student Action volunteers traveled up and down California, Arizona and Florida promoting God’s marriage. Despite being assaulted ten times by pro-homosexual advocates, TFP members’ determination did not flag. From campus to campus, city to city, the 37-day tour included stops at Berkeley and Hollywood. Thousands of traditional marriage fliers were distributed explaining why homosexual “marriage” is harmful to society and must be opposed.
Victory: Overcoming incredible obstacles, pro-family Americans in California, Arizona and Florida successfully voted to protect traditional marriage on November 4.
Public Square Rosary Rallies Expand to 3,500
“As human efforts fail to solve America’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His urgent help.” Thus read the banners displayed by Catholics nationwide at 3,500 rosary rally locations. Coordinated by the TFP and its America Needs Fatima campaign, the event drew an estimated 100,000 faithful to the streets.
Victory: In a secular climate, 100,000 proudly proclaimed their faith in the public square and fervently prayed for the conversion of America. God will not ignore these prayers.
Blasphemy Defeated on CampusSeptember, 2006
The University of Virginia’s student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, printed two blasphemous cartoons against the Catholic Faith and publicly stated they would “not be apologizing for the comics.” TFP Student Action responded with a peaceful protest.
Victory: After nine days of protest, on September 15, the offensive cartoons were removed from the newspaper’s online edition and apologies were issued by the editors and its author.
2,092 Prayer Vigils against The Da Vinci CodeMay, 2006
The Da Vinci Code movie attacked the Divinity of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church and its teachings. Although the overwhelming media hype surrounding the film made any reaction seem impossible, the TFP and its America Needs Fatima campaign launched prayer vigils, mustering 2,092 nationwide rallies right in front of movie theaters. Over 103,402 Americans also signed a petition to Sony Pictures against the blasphemous production.
Victory: God’s honor was publicly defended on a massive scale. As a result, large sectors of American public opinion rejected the movie.
eBay Changes Its PolicyApril, 2005
Catholics were alarmed when a consecrated Host appeared for sale on eBay. The Host was said to have been consecrated by Pope John Paul II at a Papal Mass in 1998. After eBay refused to remove the offensive entry, the TFP asked its e-subscribers to sign an online protest, urging eBay to remove the sacrilegious auction and change its policy. Although eBay refused to comply, the TFP organized two more waves of online protest, prompting customers to cancel their eBay accounts.
Victory: eBay finally removed the sale and agreed to change its policy.
Blasphemy against Our Lady of Guadalupe Cut Short
The Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico displayed an offensive “art” exhibit portraying Our Lady of Guadalupe in a bikini. The TFP and its America Needs Fatima campaign organized a large rally of reparation in front of the museum and Catholics turned out in great numbers. The TFP received letters of support from Norberto Cardinal Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford (Ill.), Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Mother Angelica of EWTN, Congressman John Hostettler of Indiana, and Joseph Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, among others.
The protest sent chills through the American Association of Museums (AAM). At their 96th Annual Meeting in Dallas on May 12-16, 2002, where 5,000 museum professionals gathered, journalist Hollis Walker addressed the convention, making reference to the controversy: “Accept that you are not going to win. There is no win in such a controversy. You're just going to survive. Those are the facts. It's not pretty, but those are the facts.”
Victory: Due to public pressure and peaceful protest, the museum closed the offensive exhibit on October 28, ahead of its scheduled closing time.
TFP in the Guinness Book of Records
June – October, 1990
The Soviet Union refused to recognize Lithuania’s declaration to re-establish independence signed on March 11, 1990. When Lithuania called for help, Western leaders cared little. Nevertheless, the American TFP, together with other TFPs, collected 5,212,580 signatures for the independence of Lithuania, a feat registered in the 1993 Guinness Book of Records as the greatest petition drive in history. A TFP delegation presented the petitions to President Vytautas Landsbergis and met with the Lithuanian parliament. The event boosted Lithuania’s resolve to fight on. A copy of the petitions was then hand-delivered to Gorbachev’s office at the Kremlin.
Victory: The TFP petition drive offering worldwide moral support helped Lithuania gain its freedom from communist occupation.
Denouncing French Socialism
In 1981, under French President Francois Mitterand, socialists hoped to sweep the world with a new political program: self-managing socialism. The TFP’s responded with a six-page expose by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, demonstrating how socialism was repackaging communism. The TFP publication appeared in The Washington Post, titled: "What Does Self-Managing Socialism Mean for Communism: A Barrier? Or a Bridgehead?" It was published in 45 leading newspapers in 19 countries and a summary appeared in 49 additional countries.
Victory: Worldwide debate ensued. Like deflated balloons, Socialist leaders lost their dynamism. Mitterrand backtracked. And French socialist economist Laurent Joffrin admitted: “what was socialist did not work and what worked was not socialist.”
More recently, British leftist Denis MacShane added: “The European left prefers to keep Mitterrand locked away in the iron coffin of socialist leaders we prefer not to talk about.”