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Note From Our Pastor (Parish Bulletin for August 30, 2015)
Last week I was able to participate in a protest against Planned Parenthood.
The following is taken from the transcript of our bishop's statement on this evil organization:
In recent weeks and days, we have seen some of the horrific videos that remind us of the darkest elements of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country and an organization that annually receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds and who is often supported at the state level as well. This simply cannot continue in our great nation. In light of what we have seen, I implore the people of the Diocese of Raleigh, as always, to engage in advocacy, witness, and prayer for the sacredness of human life. With regard to advocacy, our elected leaders must know of our disdain for such blatant and unmerciful destruction of human life. Now is the time to act! I have written to our governor asking him for his leadership in ending this practice. We must be witnesses of our faith and for the unborn. I am ever grateful to those who participate in our annual March for Life, pray in front of abortion clinics and find ways to share our message of life with others. Another powerful witness is the outreach of the Church in offering pregnant women alternatives to abortion, and assist in providing for their needs. Most importantly, as Catholics we are called to prayer. We must pray for the unborn, that they would be protected. We must pray for the women who seek abortion, as we know so many of them regret terribly the decision they made to end the life of their child. We should also pray for those who commit abortions, that they would see the evil in their actions and work with us to end this scourge on society, that is abortion.
Blessings in Christ,