Who Are the Boys of Mission Corps, the Abercrombie-Like Protesters Outside of Planned Parenthood?

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A group of relatively attractive young male protesters stood around reading Bible verses outside of the Planned Parenthood at Mott and Bleecker earlier today. (Our Robert Sietsema got a few photos.) Most of them are khaki-clad and youthful, a few held rosaries; many wore loafers or sneakers. All, minus the two priests with them, wore navy blue polo shirts bearing the name "Mission Corps." Yet, the anti-abortion Nazarene World Mission, whose website URL is MissionCorps.org (and whose HQ is in Kansas City), had no idea what we were talking about when we called.

So, who are these men, and why are they so near -- and yet so far -- from Hollister? Also, does this mark some sort of new abortion-protest trend -- recruiting handsome young guys to shame women?

We tracked them to a Catholic group called "Regnum Christi Mission Corps," in Thornwood, New York, where the person who answered the phone admitted, after some questioning, that they do wear, or at least some of them have, blue shirts that say Mission Corps. We left our number for a callback. As we wait: Their website states that their current program involves 30 male and 35 female volunteers living and working in the U.S., and more abroad. It's the youth affiliate of the broader Regnum Christi Movement, "a Catholic volunteer program of full-time missionary work for the Church. The Mission Corps is a vital support to the Regnum Christi Movement's work to help the Church evangelize youth."

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Long-term programs involve a summer training course of 30 days in New York;
short-term programs include 4- to 6-week summer mission camps, including some near New York City, in which campers do things like play war, learn how to fight vice, and, perhaps, protest outside of Planned Parenthood.

What did you do with your summer?

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll, with thanks to @robertsietsema]

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Auroralobo64
Auroralobo64

This proves that a boy can be young, handsome and also wise!!!! The youth, at least part of it, is worried about abortion and the fatal consequences to the humanity. Congrats boys....you are a great example!!!!

Enaval
Enaval

Very nice!! Thank you for your example guys!!! Keep it up!

JC
JC

It's great to see young men stand tall and not walk away from real important life issues, providing a voice for those who would never a choice to live.

Joe
Joe

Wow! it is really exciting to see young people, especially young men so engaged and passionate about a cause! More of our youth should be encouraging to follow in their footsteps, become engaged in the society we are living in and then take a stand to fight! 

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