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US Bishops: prayer and penance on 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade

 

1_0_657813(Vatican Radio) Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalised abortion throughout the country. Since that time, more than 55 million abortions have been performed in the United States alone.

In a statement calling for prayer and penance, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, called on Catholics to participate in “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage.”

“The evil of abortion inflicts unimaginable pain,” he said, “but Jesus offers us healing and renewal. He came not to condemn us, but to free us from the burden of the wrongs we have done so that all might be saved.”

He concluded his message with the “hope and prayer that our defense of human life and religious freedom, our witness to the dignity of each and every human person, our compassionate service and our prayers calling on the infinite love and mercy of God will spark a renewal of love and commitment to the true good of others.”

The complete text of Cardinal O’Malley’s Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

“January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic U.S. Supreme Court rulings Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Without grounding in the Constitution, law or human rights, these decisions have made it legal for the past forty years in the United States to end the life of an unborn child. Since then fifty-five million children never had the chance to be born. The scope of this loss is staggering, yet the Court and many in our society relegate it to a matter of personal choice.

“As part of the ongoing response to innocent children’s lives being taken with the protection of the law, the U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a major pastoral initiative calling for prayer and penance to promote and build a culture of life, marriage and religious liberty.

“The initiative includes “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” from January 19 to 27, 2013. I invite Catholics in the United States to join me in this novena. It includes daily prayer intentions for the healing and conversion of our nation, for elected officials who support abortion, and for all people whose lives have forever been changed by an abortion. The novena is available through social media, text messaging and email, to be helpful for youth and other pilgrims traveling to pro-life events and marches and for those wishing to participate from their parishes and homes.

“Our nation greatly needs our prayers and personal sacrifices. The evil of abortion inflicts unimaginable pain, but Jesus offers us healing and renewal. He came not to condemn us, but to free us from the burden of the wrongs we have done so that all might be saved. His Divine Mercy knows no limits; we need only to ask his forgiveness. If you know of anyone suffering from the effects of an abortion experience, please encourage them to seek help.

“It is our hope and prayer that our defense of human life and religious freedom, our witness to the dignity of each and every human person, our compassionate service and our prayers calling on the infinite love and mercy of God will spark a renewal of love and commitment to the true good of others. Only a love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost to ourselves, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and build a civilization worthy of human beings created in God’s image.”

SOURCE

Vatican Radio

 
 
 
 

5 Comments

  1. Florian says:

    Dear Cardinal Sean, Please understand that I support the rights of children born and unborn, in the courtroom and outside. Understand also that I do NOT support those who compromise the dignity and rights of children, and those people include Catholic bishops and many priests. Maybe I can, once you porporati have cleared up your part in the Catholic sex abuse scandals. Maybe.

  2. Tony says:

    Through the use of technology we can see the development of human life from the first moment of conception.
    Left to develop in the womb a little zygote advances through all the stages of human development untill it leaves its mothers womb and enters the world as a baby where, left to develop further it further advances through life as an infant, toddler, young child, teenager, young adult, adult, and senior citizen untill natural death. At each of the stages of human development there is human life which is sacred.
    Human life must be protected and nourished from the first moment of conception to a natural death.

    • Andrew says:

      It’s actually a child from the moment of conception but, this is a good post you’ve written. Does this mean that you’re now 100 percent opposed to abortion in any form as well as the enabling of abortion via funding, legislation, etc. I hope and pray so.

      • Tony says:

        I beleive we should do our best to show our reverence for human live from and through every stage of human development zygote to senior citizen.
        The ability to see the human development thought the sonagram leves no doubt of the humaness of the individual in development in the womb.
        Lets all work to promote and protect and nurish human life from the first moment of conception to a natural death.

  3. Tony says:

    Through the use of technology we can see the development of human life from the first moment of conception.
    Left to develop in the womb a little zygote advances through all the stages of human development untill it leaves its mothers womb and enters the world as a baby where, left to develop further it further advances through life as an infant, toddler, young child, teenager, young adult, adult, and senior citizen untill natural death. At each of the stages of human development there is human life which is sacred.
    Human life must be protected and nourished from the first moment of conception to a natural death.

 
 

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