Friday, October 31, 2008

Proud of our Shepherds

I’m not sure about you, but I for one am very proud of our bishops for standing up for our Catholic faith. Here’re a few examples in just the last day or two of various bishops saying enough is enough with this idea that protecting life is equal, or less important than, the stock market, housing, the war, etc. Certainly these are important things, but are they more important than the taking of life? How many people feel my parents should be able to seize my home? My 401(k)? Why can parents choose to take their children’s life?

Whoops, got on a soap box there. Back to our bishops:

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, PA showed up, uninvited, to one of his parishes last Sunday and crashed a forum discussing the USCCB’s Faithful Citizen document. The point of the forum? To discuss how it could be interpreted to read that voting for a pro-abortion candidate is fine. This put a damper on the pro-choice mood of the event to say the least. Not only did Bishop Martino let them know that this is a mischaracterization of the document, he also has release the video available below:

http://dioceseofscrantonarchive.org/video/the%20Catholic%20Church%20and%20the%20Life%20Issues.wmv

Elden F. Curtiss, Archbishop of Omaha, NE, has released a letter to be “made available” to all people in his archdiocese this weekend. The archbishop quotes Mother Theresa as saying:

"abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships ... It has portrayed the greatest of gifts - a child - as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience" (Letter to US Supreme Court, February, 1994).

Want to read his whole letter? Find it here: http://www.archomaha.org/newsandevents/pdf/ArchbishopsVotingStatement.pdf

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, MA, is no less subtle. Here’s a snippet of a statement released by him recently:

"In defending the cause of life, we are not only fulfilling our vocation as Catholics, but we are also defending the vision of democracy that ... we are all created equal and are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, the first of which is the right to life,"
Full Text: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/10/30/cardinal_omalleys_statement_on_abortion_issue/

Not enough for you? How about this list of bishops who have stated that life & family issues are the “defining issues” of this election? The list was compiled by InsideCatholic.com: Full Article: http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=What-Bishop-Is-Not-On-This-List-.html&Itemid=99999999

This list speaks for itself; our bishops are leading! Now let’s follow…

1. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
2. Bishop James Conley, auxiliary of Denver
3. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
4. Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities
5. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, chairman of the Committee on Doctrine
6. Edward Cardinal Egan of New York
7. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo
8. Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh
9. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs
10. Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio
11. Bishop Oscar Cantu, auxiliary of San Antonio
12. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville
13. Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa
14. Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas
15. Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin
16. Sean Cardinal O'Malley of Boston
17. Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando
18. Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul/Minneapolis
19. Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, President of the USCCB
20. Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker
21. Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse
22. Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland
23. Bishop Ralph Nickless of Sioux City
24. Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco
25. Bishop Glen Provost of Lake Charles, LA
26. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn
27. Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton
28. Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
30. Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte
31. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh
32. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS
33. Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
34. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, WS
35. Bishop Ronald Gilmore of Dodge City, KS
36. Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, KS
37. Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita
38. Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach
39. Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth
40. Bishop Rene H. Gracida, retired, of Corpus Christi
41. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Houston
42. Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington
43. Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond
44. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center
45. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester
46. Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Patterson
47. Bishop Robert Herrmann of St. Louis
48. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore
49. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix
50. Bishop Thomas D. Doran of Rockford
51. Bishop Joseph A. Galante of Camden
52. Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham
53. Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett of Seattle
54. Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet
55. Bishop John M. Smith of Trenton
56. Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing
57. Bishop Leonard R. Blair of Toledo
58. Joint Statement by the bishops of New York State (22 bishops)
59. Joint Statement by the bishops of Pennsylvania (10 bishops)

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