BISHOPS STATEMENTS ON PRO-LIFE
PRAYERS FOR PRO-LIFE
Bishop Burke on the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility
Pastoral Letter Accompanies Recent Decree on Pro-Abortion Politicians
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, JAN. 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Raymond
Burke of La Crosse, who has taken a stand against Catholic politicians
who support abortion and euthanasia, has issued a pastoral letter on
the duty of every one of the faithful to promote the culture of life in
politics. The bishop wrote the letter at the same time that he released a
decree that local Catholic politicians who support abortion or euthanasia
may not receive Communion in the diocese until they publicly denounce
their positions. Bishop Burke previously had written to three lawmakers
privately, imploring them to vote more in line with the faith they profess.
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BISHOPS' POLICY AND TEACHING
We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each
person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self
and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions,
must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.
U.S. Catholic Bishops
Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities
Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead has set forth the guiding principles
for ultimately denying a pro-abortion public figure Holy Communion.
In part, he said: "So anyone who has had an abortion, or has participated
in one, or euthanasia, or who would be promoting those things, or have
failed to protect human life while in a position where they could protect it --
such as a politician or a judge -- they should not be receiving Communion.
If they persisted in it after [Church teaching] was presented to them, then
I think the priest or deacon should not give them Communion in that case.
But we should try to make the efforts beforehand to be in conversation with
YOU CAN SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE TODAY
You can save lives by helping to end abortion, which a baby every
23 seconds in America. Click on the above for a collection of suggestions
(put together by Priests for Life )for legal, peaceful, effective activity. Do at
least one of them today and pass information about the list on to everyone
click here for prayer for the
closing of an abortion mill and a list
of abortion mills
Suggested Petitions for the General Intercessions on the
Sundays and Feast Days of the Liturgical Year