The California Catholic Conference, which represents nearly 11 million Catholics , nearly 30 percent of the state’s residents, issued the following statement June 24 in response to Dobbs vs. Jackson ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Today is a day to give thanks and celebrate. The California Catholic Conference of Bishops profoundly welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which has affirmed our dearly held belief that life is precious, valuable, and should be protected, and that states have a compelling interest to protect the unborn and limit abortion. This has been our prayer, the Church’s prayer, for the last 50 years.
“While we celebrate this decision – the culmination of prayer and decades of legislative advocacy, life-affirming events, committing time and resources to pregnancy centers, and walking with families facing an unplanned pregnancy – in many ways, our work has just begun.
“The Dobbs ruling is a brightly shining ray of light and hope in the war on the sanctity of life, but the battle and the work are far from over. Extreme abortion-expanding legislation is working its way through the Capitol, and the governor has promised to enshrine abortion into the state constitution. The state is compounding its efforts to make abortion affordable, accessible, and convenient without any talk of equitable services for women who look forward to their child’s birth or for those who are already mothers. Such a stance will make ending a life easy but keeping one more difficult.
“In turn, we must redouble our efforts to reverse the state’s prioritization of abortion in favor of helping women raise their children despite daunting circumstances….
The above comes from a June 24 posting in the Southern Cross from San Diego.
There’s McElroy with his mask — so no one can see him speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
In related news, you’ll be happy to know that Elmo the Muppet got vaccinated for Covid.
Have to get the message out to the little ones, right, Elmo?
Ok, but are these bishops registered Democrats who vote for abortion defending Democratic candidates? If yes then they are hypocrites in miters.
No, people are not required to be single issue voters
But Catholics are required to vote in accord with a well-formed conscience. Cutting to the chase, that means it is morally imperative for Catholics not to vote for Democrats because Democrats support everything imaginable that is in grave opposition to Catholic faith and morals. In no case is any Democrat preferable to a Republican on issues that matter to Catholics. A Catholic can choose not to vote, but a Catholic cannot choose to vote for a Democrat over a Republican without sinning.
Nevermind what Catholic conscience requires. Just look at the fruits and results of Democrat control of government. Secular rationality and sanity should impel people to stop voting for Democrats because they ruin societies.
God was removed (and booed) from the Democrat Platform at the 2012 DNC Convention. As “Can’t Vote Democrat” stated, the Democrats are antithetical to everything the Church stands for.
Remember what happened to Fr. Altman when he stated that you can’t be “Catholic and Democrat. Period”? He was canceled by his liberal bishop (Callahan), with the support of his liberal Comrade bishops.
Says the anonymous moral theologian. Plenty of democrats and independents think Republicans are antithetical to everything Christian. Who gets to decide?
And the crazy man thinks he’s the only sane one. Who gets to decide?
“Who gets to decide?” The natural moral law.
Big Pro-Life: “We must redouble our efforts…” (and please double your contributions).
After the Dobbs decision, it is time for Catholics and Protestant Christians to redouble their efforts in supporting women with unplanned pregnancies and the children resulting there from. Just checked my parish’s bulletin and do not see an announcement of a second collection for these families. Come on folks…it is time for us to step up. Talk is cheap!
Very true! How about the Second Collection for pro life and crisis pregnancy centers? It’s time for our parishes to get busy, and announce and direct women with crisis pregnancies to pro-life pregnancy centers, to care for their needs– including adoption services. And how many married couples in our parishes would like to register with adoption as well as foster care agencies?
I don’t give to second collections. If God wants me to help, he’d better let me win the lottery. I’ve got my own needs to pay for, and it gets more expensive every quarter.
Remember when PJ McGrath’s diocesan newspaper published a story about the women’s march that included a pic — yes, in the diocesan paper — with a sign that read “Abortion on demand and without apology”? Ah, the California bishops.
49% of American women who obtain abortion live below the poverty line. For many, it is a financial decision. Abortion won’t go away because Roe was repealed. Unless we bring people out of poverty, make it economically viable to have children, abortions will still happen. Only now women will die with their fetuses.
They shouldn’t have coitus then. People need to be responsible. For many who steal, it’s also a financial decision. That doesn’t justify it.
So, most women who have abortions are not poor, according to your statistics.
No woman ever has to die during an abortion.
You left out that a lot of black babies are aborted by their black mothers.
For years pro life centers offered women health care, diapers, formula, clothing, material, spiritual and psychological care to help them through difficult pregnancies to give birth and to sustain life. The church could use our money to help also. Poverty will always exist. Free housing, food assistance, free health care assist those with lower economic resources, but poverty of morality, of spirituality, of education, of employment all contribute to a life of difficulty. The government’s programs have held people in poverty despite offering some material assistance. I’ll offer what I can materially, but offering faith in Jesus so that abortion become unthinkable as Portland Archbishop Sample says, will be my contribution to the multifaceted approach to lifting people up to God so that they never would make this choice, rather will choose give their children up to adoption if they decide they cannot care for them.
“Only now women will die with their fetuses.” I don ‘t think it has ever occurred to the left that there is no need for either to die. The left lives by the 60s slogan, “If it feels good do it.” Emotions, not Godly moral principles are the engine that runs their train. Not surprisingly, the sexual revolution brought unparalleled promiscuity among heterosexuals as well as the glorification of homosexuality and transgenderism. Abortion exists because it is the sacrament of this sexual revolution. The larger battle has yet to be waged: to attack and destroy the 60s philosophy by changing hearts and minds about sex itself. Pope Paul VI tried this with Humanae Vitae, which accurately exposed the bedrock error of the left: the separation of sex with procreation. For this he was pilloried even by Catholic intellectuals. Yet this battle to convert the hearts and minds to create an abhorrence of any sex whose end would be a visit to the abortionist has to be fought, regardless of how unpopular and difficult this battle may be. At the very least, inroads into those communities representing the 49% must be made.
You want to bring people out of poverty? encourage family stability, encourage chaste behavior. Yes abortion will still happen but a lot less now, promiscuity is the mother of abortion.
The USCCB has a great deal of work to do. The next morally and spiritually illiterate generation, may be enticed to find a way to again legalize abortion. In order to make and maintain a truly good, authentic Culture of Life, in which abortion is both prohibited and unwanted, Catholic prelates must help our nation, by establishing an outstanding Catholic education system, K-12, of only very good, orthodox, faithful Catholic schools, with good, faithful, authentic Catholic teachers, who take the Oath of fidelity, and are truly good at practicing the Catholic Faith. We need a solid Catechism training, K-12, and for all Catholic colleges and universities to likewise operate only by Catholic teaching. All professors must be glad to take and uphold the Oath of Fidelity, and all theology professors must be required to receive the Mandatum from their bishop.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi received Holy Communion at a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on June 29th, Wed.– today. She did not receive Communion from the pope. Wonder what the pope and our USCCB members– especially, Abp. CordiIeone– are thinking about this?
Nancy sat in the VIP section and had a private audience with the pope. I am waiting to hear from Pelosi about what a good Catholic the pope thinks she is. Come to think of it, silence from Pelosi on this very matter and a further confirmation by Cordileone of his stance may indicate she didn’t hear from Francis what she had hoped to hear, In any event, I am all ears.
Today, I sent a short, polite email regarding this unfortunate mistake, to Rep. Pelosi’s Chief of Staff: email@example.com.