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Bishop Conley leads the Eucharistic procession outside Lincoln’s Planned Parenthood, April 2022. Ringer/LifeSiteNews

LINCOLN, Nebraska (LifeSiteNews) – Days before Easter, the Catholic Bishop of Lincoln, Bishop James Conley, once again led Catholics and pro-lifers in public prayers and processions outside Lincoln’s Planned Parenthood facility.

For the fourth year, Bishop Conley led fellow Catholics in a Eucharistic procession while walking around the Planned Parenthood facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hundreds of Catholics young and old joined the bishop, as parishes across the diocese were encouraged to join in the procession. 

Catholic schools were also encouraged to join in and to allow children to leave classes in order to join the procession. A number of seminarians and clergy from the diocese were also in attendance.

As one parish newsletter read: “Eucharistic Procession Around Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, April 12th at 2pm. Bishop Conley will be leading the Procession. Tuesdays are abortion days in Lincoln. Please join the Bishop this Holy Week to pray for the conversion of hearts and the closing of Planned Parenthood.”

Bishop Conley leading a Eucharistic procession outside Lincoln’s Planned Parenthood facility, April 12, 2022.

The public devotions were held on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 12, as Tuesday is the day normally scheduled for Planned Parenthood to perform abortions. The procession was organized in conjunction with Lincoln Right to Life (LRTL), which holds a weekly prayer vigil outside the facility on Tuesdays throughout the year. Lincoln Right to Life is a “nonprofit organization representing all faiths.” The group provides pro-life education and support, as well as conducting regular prayer vigils for the end of abortion.

Mike Davis, the president of LRTL, told LifeSiteNews that around 250 people attended the Eucharistic procession. “Lincoln Diocese is so fortunate to have such a pro-life Bishop,” said Davis. “He often prays early in the morning on Abortion Tuesdays in front of Planned Parenthood. He has been bishop in Lincoln for 10 years and every year except 2020 has prayed the Stations of the Cross in front of Planned Parenthood on Good Friday.”

Days later, on Good Friday, Bishop Conley also led a public recitation of the traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross, again while walking outside the abortion center. He was joined by around 75 people, on what was the 10th annual Good Friday stations of the Cross outside the abortion facility.

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Bishop Conley leading the Stations of the Cross. Credit: Lincoln Diocese Facebook

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By all accounts, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres' diocese of Arecibo in Puerto Rico is flourishing because of his adherence to the perennial teachings of the Church.

But, without any formal proceedings, Bishop Fernández Torres has been summarily 'relieved' of his episcopal duties allegedly because he championed conscience rights in the face of a Church vaccine mandate in Puerto Rico.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres now.

To be clear, COVID-19 is a serious disease, oftentimes with debilitating consequences, or worse, for those who contract it.

However, all coronavirus vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been tested on or produced with cell lines of aborted babies. And, the vaccines have been linked to serious side effects, while none has yet completed long-term testing.

Given the complexity of this issue, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment which each individual must make after informing his or her conscience.

As such, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to be vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Church's teaching authority where faith and moral are concerned, issued a statement to that effect in December, 2020.

Specifically, the CDF's, “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” of December 17, 2020, n. 5 states: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Therefore, it would appear that for simply restating the current teaching of the CDF and for opposing his brother bishops in Puerto Rico on this seminal matter of conscientious objection, Rome is now attempting to "cancel" Bishop Fernández Torres.

This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory!

And, Bishop Fernández Torres is hardly the first bishop to defend Church teaching on conscientious objection on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Both the Colorado and South Dakota bishops' conferences released similar statements, and like Bishop Fernández Torres, they also offered to validate religious exemptions for member of their flock who asked to be exempted from vaccination.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres.

For his part, Bishop Fernández Torres, 57, a staunch defender of life and family, protested his removal as "totally unjust" in a statement released Wednesday (3/9/2022).

The bishop, who led his diocese for nearly 12 years, noted that Pope Francis’ apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico verbally requested that he resign, but said that he refused to do so, as he "did not want to become an accomplice of a totally unjust action."

"No process has been made against me," Bishop Fernández Torres wrote, "nor have I been formally accused of anything, and simply one day the apostolic delegate verbally communicated to me that Rome was asking me to resign."

“A successor of the apostles is now being replaced without even undertaking what would be a due canonical process to remove a parish priest,” the bishop added.

“I was informed that I had committed no crime but that I supposedly ‘had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion with my brother bishops of Puerto Rico,’” he said. “It was suggested to me that if I resigned from the diocese I would remain at the service of the Church in case at some time I was needed in some other position; an offer that in fact proves my innocence.”

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres. Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Pope Francis abruptly removes faithful bishop who opposed COVID vaccine mandates' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abruptly-removes-faithful-bishop-who-opposed-covid-vaccine-mandates/

'Puerto Rico bishop supports conscience objections to COVID vaccines, allows priests to sign exemptions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/puerto-rico-bishop-supports-conscience-objections-to-covid-vaccines-allows-priests-to-sign-exemptions/

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Both the Eucharistic procession and the Stations of the Cross have been led by the bishop since 2018, when at the initial procession some 2,000 people attended. Bishop Conley also performs exorcisms upon the abortion center throughout the year, in conjunction with other priests who join him outside the center.

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