Abortion is a ‘macabre sign’ of what society has forgotten, says Catholic Archbishop
Baltimore, Maryland- As Christian leaders continue to celebrate the annulment of Roe v. Wade last June, they recognize that there is still work to be done to empower and support pregnant women and the babies they deliver.
The new head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Michael Burbidge, says the pro-life movement will have to adjust its strategies following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. , which overturned the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade.
On the second day of USCCB’s 2022 Fall General Assembly last week in Baltimore, Maryland, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia noted that there are “so many ministries” within the Catholic Church who “help our brothers and sisters at every stage of life who ask for support and help.”
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Burbidge was clear that the job is not done following the Dobbs decision.
“I think we have to keep educating,” he told the conference.
“We must continue to advocate and testify. But service is at the heart of what it is to be pro-life – and we do it at every stage, from mothers in crisis [to] mothers in need [and] protect the unborn child.”
As individual states now grapple with the issue of abortion, Burbidge said he faces a unique challenge compared to past pro-life committee chairs.
States like New York, Michigan, and California guarantee access to abortion in their state laws. Other states have moved or are preparing to restrict the procedure.
“Here are some resources to help you engage with elected officials and inspire your neighbors and family members…”
Burbidge said he believes his role is to “provide resources to people who are on the ground,” including his fellow bishops, local pro-life directors and ordinary lay people.
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“And so our work is [to say]’Hey listen, let’s make sure you know what’s at stake in your local state right now, and Here are some resources to help you engage with elected officials and inspire your neighbors and family members to be part of this issue.'”
Kat Talalas, associate director of pro-life communications at the USCCB, told Fox News Digital that the Dobbs decision was “a great moral and spiritual victory of our time” – and that “we praise God for the fruit of prayers and sacrifices of millions of faithful pro-lifers.”
She added: “The Catholic Church will continue to advocate for the protection of human life at the federal and state level, to develop education [about] the extreme cruelty of pro-abortion legislation and proclaim the value of every human life.”
“Abortion destroys innocent human life and also weakens the social fabric.”
The Church, she explained, is the “largest provider of social services outside of government” and is “standalone to support women in need across the United States.”
In addition to religious orders such as the Sisters of Life, Catholic hospitals and church-affiliated pregnancy care centers, the USCCB sponsors a parish ministry called “Walking with Moms in Need,” Talalas said. .
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“The Church also continues to extend the mercy of Christ to men and women who have been hurt by abortion through the confidential and compassionate help of the Project Rachel Ministry,” she said, referring to the ministry of the Catholic Church that helps those who have been involved in abortion.
Burbidge was elected president on Wednesday, Nov. 16, after Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore left the post.
Last week, Lori was also elected Vice President of the USCCB. In a presentation to the congregation, he spoke candidly about the reality of abortion, calling it “a horrible sign that we have forgotten we belong together.”
While the reversal of Roe v. Wade was a “great victory,” it would be a “Pyrrhic victory” if hearts and minds didn’t change on the issue of abortion, Lori said.
“We are bound to these women and their unborn children by bonds of common humanity, by bonds of radical solidarity,” he said.
“Abortion destroys innocent human life and also weakens the social fabric,” Lori said. “It weakens the feeling that we are all brothers and sisters.”
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Lori said that if the reversal of Roe v. Wade was a “great victory”, it would be a “Pyrrhic victory” if hearts and minds did not change on the issue of abortion.
“Our Catholic schools are doing heroic work to educate the poor, our Catholic charities are doing heroic work to help the poor. Our conference and state Catholic conferences are voices for justice and peace,” he said. he declares.
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But still, “we still have work to do” to share the Church’s teachings on abortion — and especially to educate Catholics who consider themselves pro-choice.
“We must not hesitate to engage our Catholic brothers and encourage them to come closer to the spirit and the heart of the Church,” he said.
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Lori said the Church will win hearts and minds ‘by opening its heart and soul’ – and by sharing and honoring ‘the innate dignity of mother and child and our radical solidarity with one another. “.
In essence, he said the Church needs to do more to help mothers not just during pregnancy and childbirth, but afterwards – and help support them and their child.
This, Lori explained, would allow the Church to “speak credibly in a polarized society” on the issue of life.
“We must continue our hard work to mitigate, if not eliminate, any division, whether in our conference or in our dioceses, between our pro-life advocacy on the one hand and our ministries of charity and justice on the other. away,” he said.
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He also said the Church cannot ignore the issues that drive women to abortion, Lori said.
He said, “Radical solidarity with mothers and their unborn children calls us to move beyond outdated debates and harmful divisions within our own ministries.”
“Now is the time to step forward to bear strong and united witness to the truth, beauty and inviolable dignity of human life at every step,” he said.
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“Our commitment to the sanctity of life from the moment of conception is in full accord with our commitment to serve the poor, to welcome the stranger, to work for juvenile justice reform or to end the capital punishment,” he also said.