October 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Three more U.S. bishops have added their voices to the growing number of members of the Catholic hierarchy who say abortion is the preeminent issue for voters to consider in the upcoming election.
Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Archdiocese of St. Louis urged Catholics to remember that “abortion is the pre-eminent moral issue of our time, and if you don’t struggle to justify voting for a candidate whose record or policy would favor or even expand abortion, then you probably aren’t forming a Catholic conscience in preparation to vote.”
In his regular column in the St. Louis Review, Rozanski on October 1 presented a brief summary of Catholic social teaching, in view of the election next month. Noting that he could not tell anyone how to vote, the archbishop presented guidance on how Catholics should prepare their conscience when voting.
Rozanski referred his readers to the document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In it, the bishops state, “Abortion, the deliberate killing of a human being before birth, is never morally acceptable and must always be opposed.”
The opening letter of that same document clearly states the position of the Catholic Church: “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.”
Archbishop Rozanski mentioned that no matter the outcome of the election, the primary purpose of Catholics is to spread the faith. “The day after the election our primary mission will be the same: to proclaim and give witness to the Gospel in all its fullness,” he wrote.
“The winners will make some parts of that easier, and some parts incredibly hard,” he added.
Warning that society is rejecting traditional moral values, Rozanski stated that “Our culture is drifting ever farther from the Gospel — and by that very fact becoming more and more in need of it.”
Rozanski went on to mention issues of “race, immigration and the environment,” which he said should not be “dismissed or ignored.”
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
Please READ the full story here: 'BREAKING: Trump nominates Catholic mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court'
And then, please SIGN this petition telling the High Court that it's now time to end the activist Roe vs. Wade judgment. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
Please SIGN this petition, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs Wade.
More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.
Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God's children have a right to life.
Roe v. Wade must come to an end!
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Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Kansas City-St. Joseph, issued a letter to his diocese on September 14, in which he argued the state “has a duty to protect what God has already bestowed upon us as inalienable rights so that all citizens can flourish.”
The letter advises, “A Catholic voter would do well to weigh a candidate’s position on each of these essential God-given rights that government has a duty to protect, beginning with the right to life.”
Noting the fact that abortion is the pre-eminent issue, the bishop further warns of the dangers of “destructive research on human embryos, euthanasia and assisted suicide,” as well as the importance of issues such as “the appointment of judges and Supreme Court Justices and conscience rights.”
Johnston explicitly mentioned Planned Parenthood, asking voters to know each party’s position with regard to funding the abortion provider.
Additionally, he recommended to consider religious liberty when voting, including the freedom of churches to operate according to their beliefs without penalty. Johnston urged voters to “study prayerfully” the different parties, so as to form their consciences before voting.
Like Archbishop Rozanski, Johnston emphasized, “Our salvation does not lie in earthly political power or party. The Church exists to evangelize and to call our fallen world to conversion, to point us to our true and lasting home which lies beyond this world.”
Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh on September 22 also issued a letter, in which he told voters that it was “imperative” to consider the “issues of abortion and infanticide” when voting.
Zubik stated that “respect for life IS the issue,” but also that “it is a continuum of other issues, many issues, that flow from the beginning of life at the moment of conception.” He explicitly said that “from our Catholic perspective it is morally unacceptable to vote for a candidate with the specific intent in support of something which is evil, i.e. abortion, racism, etc.”
Democratic presidential candiate Joe Biden recently reaffirmed his intention of passing “legislation making Roe the law of the land,” should the Supreme Court overturn the 1973 decision imposing abortion on demand across the country.
In response to Biden’s statement, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest.” Warren’s May 2019 plan to strengthen pro-abortion laws included such measures as creating “federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade,” passing “federal laws to pre-empt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive health care,” and guaranteeing abortion in all health care coverage.