Sister Dede Byrne, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a surgeon, and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, said Catholics must be “battle-ready” to defend the family and their faith. She serves as the superior of her community and works at a medical clinic in Washington, D.C.
According to the Catholic News Agency:
“We have to be prepared, battle ready” as “soldiers for Christ in this dark time, where every day, things seem to be ramping up about things that are against the family and faith,” she said to the 50th annual conference of the pro-life group Heartbeat International; the conference was held in-person and streamed online for attendees.
“This battle we face is not a battle between Republicans and the Democrats, it’s not conservatives or liberals, or left versus right,” said Byrne. “This is a battle between the devil, who is real, and Our Lord.”
Byrne said that Catholics must “fight with love” and continue to pray for elected officials.
“We have to pray for the president, we have to pray for the [Speaker Nancy Pelosi], we have to pray for all these people, these politicians who are wanting to make the abortion pill over the counter so people will be able to take it like bubble gum or Tylenol,” she said.
The Biden administration recently suspended regulations of the abortion pill regimen during the pandemic, allowing for it to be prescribed and dispensed remotely instead of at a health clinic setting as previously required.
“We have to pray for these people because their soul is in a mortal state,” she said of pro-abortion elected officials.
Abortion, however, is “the greatest” inhumanity,” she said. “It’s really bad because people don’t even think about it anymore, it’s become a natural thing.”
Catholics will be forced to take a stand and “pick sides” in the figurative battle, she said. “We know that God is in charge and that He’s far greater than the devil,” said Byrne.
Byrne spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention in support of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump.