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Bishops Call for Massive Catholic Opposition to Abortion in Current Health Care Reform
Catholic Online ^ | 10/29/09

Posted on 10/29/2009 10:16:52 AM PDT by tcg

An E-mail directive has been sent from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Activities Secretariat mobilizing every parish in the United States of America. It contains an urgent message which is to be distributed in every parish this weekend and announced at every single Mass. This massive and urgent appeal may be unprecedented in our history as Catholics in America. It is an effort to mobilize the Catholic faithful on an urgent matter of public policy concerning the fundamental and foundational human right to life.

The E-Mail specifically asks that no parish opt out of this initiative.

We present the E-Mail below for our readers around the globe. We urge that focused prayer be offered for our Bishops in their leadership on this vital effort. We urge all of our readers in the United States to participate fully in the effort.....

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


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'We will raise our voices to protect the unborn and the most vulnerable and to preserve our freedom of conscience'
1 posted on 10/29/2009 10:16:53 AM PDT by tcg
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To: tcg

God Help us....Please help us!!


2 posted on 10/29/2009 10:19:03 AM PDT by pollywog (staying...... " Under His Wings" Psalm 91:4)
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To: tcg

ABOUT TIME.
But..Are the Bishops a day late and a dollar short? That is the questions.
Will THEY be targeted as hate mongers because of THEIR disagreement with the Dums?


3 posted on 10/29/2009 10:21:17 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: tcg

Good to see that Catholic Bishops decided to be Catholic again.


4 posted on 10/29/2009 10:21:53 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: tcg

This is great — what better message for All Souls’/Saints’ Day.

They should consider a repeat for Sanctity of Life Sunday when conservative evangelical churches are also emphasizing the issue.


5 posted on 10/29/2009 10:26:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: tcg

...and yet, NONE of those in charge of this fiasco in public office (Nancy Pelosi, DeadTed Kennedy, John F’n Kerry, etc.) are excommunicated to prove to the world that the Church means what it says. :*(

“All hat and no cattle”—these Bishops probably mean well, but I seriously doubt after all these years of ‘protesting’ that it will make a bit of difference to San Fran Gran Nan or any other liberal Catholic member of Congress who endorse and promote abortion. :*(


6 posted on 10/29/2009 10:27:04 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: Republic of Texas

You are all too quick to criticize Catholic leaders, too bad protestant leaders don’t speak up.


7 posted on 10/29/2009 10:29:20 AM PDT by notaliberal (Right-wing extremist)
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To: pillut48

It will make a difference at their particular judgments when they won’t be able to use the “no one ever told me “ defense.


8 posted on 10/29/2009 10:30:02 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: tcg
Re: URGENT: Nationwide USCCB Bulletin Insert on Health Care Reform
9 posted on 10/29/2009 10:37:03 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah, anything faster than a ten year+ study is amazing for this group. Maybe some of the bishops like Bishop Chaput are making headway in reminding the USCCB what their duties are.


10 posted on 10/29/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT by TNMountainMan
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To: notaliberal

Protestant churches should speak out more often as well. However many prominent Democrats are Catholic and love abortion and the Church stays mute. Also, this article was about Catholic Bishops, so my comment was directed there as well. That how FR works.


11 posted on 10/29/2009 10:48:29 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: notaliberal

Our parish hosted a Life Chain Event last Sunday.

Our parish has 1725 registered families. We sent out 123 letters to local churches. We had volunteers calling the churches as well.

Out of 235 people who signed in (out of 273 participating):
211 Catholics (157 from our parish)
24 protestant/non-denominational.

Of the 14 churches represented:
7 Catholic
7 protestant/non-denominational

That is a SAD statement.

Getting anyone involved gets more difficult with each passing day.


12 posted on 10/29/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT by Jaded (No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever goes unpunished. -HFG)
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To: Republic of Texas

Protestant leaders are silent when it comes to abortion.


13 posted on 10/29/2009 10:58:14 AM PDT by notaliberal (Right-wing extremist)
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To: notaliberal

Anyone who has voted for this evil group of people has the blood of innocents on their hands.

How many Dem voting, so called followers of Christ ‘justify’ their vote for this evil by saying the Dems are helping the little guy? WHo is smaller and in need of more help thatn the unborn?

Or perhaps the time worn “The Bible says to give, so we SHOULD have these Gov’t programs.” The Bible and Christ both say that YOU should give! How many smug leftys give willingly of their own treasure and time, instead using Gov’t to do thier work for them. HYPOCRITES!!!!

So now, after voting for the whole grisly Industry of Child Murder and allowing to to be put in place and operate like a well oiled machine, The Church and its leaders get a conscience?

It has been said that elections have consequences. People have learned to vote for the guy giving away the most AND as long as the freebies roll in, they will not ‘see’ or condemn the evil done.

This country is going to, soon, reap what it has sown, ina potentially violent way. SO Sad to see.


14 posted on 10/29/2009 11:12:12 AM PDT by RoadGumby (Ask me about Ducky)
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To: Danae; r-q-tek86; Sparko; Balding_Eagle; red-dawg; C210N; Safetgiver; <1/1,000,000th%; ...
This massive and urgent appeal
may be unprecedented
in the history of the United States.
It is an effort to mobilize the Catholic faithful
on an urgent matter of public policy
concerning the fundamental and foundational
human right to life.

This Bishops' statement on Health Care Reform is to be be printed or hand-stuffed in every parish bulletin and/or distributed in pews or at ALL church entrances THIS SUNDAY.

The message is to be announced at all Masses THIS SUNDAY.

The following petition is to be used in the Prayer of the Faithful at all Masses THIS SUNDAY:

That Congress will act to ensure that needed health care reform will truly protect the life, dignity and health care of all and that we will raise our voices to protect the unborn and the most vulnerable and to preserve our freedom of conscience. We pray to the Lord.


Action


Health care reform could be voted on as early as next week. These materials need to be in the hands of Catholics starting this weekend. Thank you for your efforts in getting the word out.


Note: I'm, personally, not interested in a lot of chat about "This isn't the exact message I would have chosen" or "This isn't the proven best tactic" or "Why didn't they do this two months ago" or "The USCCB sucks moldy citrus" or "Why doesn't the Pope excommunicate ... followed by a list the length of the Boston phone directory and bolding your own particular favorites.

The fact is, if 1/10 of the Catholics (joined by 1/10 of the non-Catholic pro-life people) act on this, it will

BLAST AWAY THIS BLASTED BOGUS HEALTH REFORM BILL.
Why?

Because if a Life/Conscience amendment is demanded by, oh, say, 6 - 10 million voters, and the ghastly Madame Pelosi blocks it from going to a floor vote, people will raise holy hell and the Stupak-prolife-BlueDog-center section of Dems in the House will revolt. ALL of them? No. But enough to kill the bill. We're in scoring distance of that outcome now.

If a Life/Conscience amendment is, in fact, brought up, it will pass ---and the Left will kill the bill.

"Heck, it's worth a try." Thus saith Mrs. Don-o.

Please act, please make this as big as possible as fast as possible.

If you wish to be removed from my Ping List, please PERSONAL MESSAGE ME. I'm asking for PERSONAL MESSAGE so I see it and act on it promptly.

Thank you.

15 posted on 10/29/2009 12:30:17 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Before Abraham came to be, I AM." - Jesus Christ)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I have already written numerous times to my reps and to the “conservative” Dems about this. But no matter if we managed to keep it out this time, it will just be put back in again later. It will be a never ending battle once they take over the health care system.


16 posted on 10/29/2009 12:36:36 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Mrs. Don-o

The Church has made a deal with the devil in supporting socialized medicine, because there is no way the Dems in Congress, or Obama, are going to pass a bill that doesn’t include abortion coverage.


17 posted on 10/29/2009 12:36:59 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I hope and pray Cardinal Mahony gets the message out!


18 posted on 10/29/2009 12:38:57 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: La Lydia
"...because there is no way the Dems in Congress, or Obama, are going to pass a bill that doesn’t include abortion coverage.<"

Exactly. That's what we're counting on.

19 posted on 10/29/2009 12:44:19 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Before Abraham came to be, I AM." - Jesus Christ)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

BTTT


20 posted on 10/29/2009 12:45:16 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: tcg

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/08/obama-administration-breaks-promise-on-conscience-exemptions/

Here’s what happens


21 posted on 10/29/2009 12:47:54 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The “CONSCIENCE CLAUSE” argument puts the LIE to the “pro-choice” label.

We are forced to tolerate abortions in so far as we can not shoot abortionists or blow them up, and most of us on the PRO LIFE side hold little or no ill-will towards pregnant mothers, no matter their decisions.

However, the entire “choice” argument is a LIE, in that the wacko “greens” want mandatory abortions to “save the planet” and Margaret Sanger, the FOUNDER of Planned Parenthood, wanted “more from the fit, less from the unfit” in her own racist words.

Many who claim to be “pro-choice” will be appalled to learn of the “mandatory abortion” agenda, of the left.

Many who claim to be “pro-choice” will be appalled at the idea that nurses and doctors and insurance companies will be COMPELLED to fund abortions.

The public is OPPOSED to tax payer financed abortions, and this has always been the case.

This issue should be pushed HARD!

(BTW, I wish the Catholic Church would oppose “reform” as currently proposed, due to the Catholic teachings against Socialism and the concentration of power. I wish the Catholic Church would preach “Subsidiarity” from the pulpit, but I will take what I can get!)

22 posted on 10/29/2009 12:52:33 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: tcg

This could creat a bit of conflict at my parish, AARP meets there.


23 posted on 10/29/2009 12:52:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED
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To: tcg

Wow! Just like the strong stand they took regarding Ted Kennedy’s funeral and Kerry, and Pelosi, and Biden, and.....yeah, they’re really, really, really tough.


24 posted on 10/29/2009 12:54:13 PM PDT by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Well, the only way this could have any impact would be for the Bishops to agree and publicize the fact that they will excommunicate any Catholic member of Congress who votes for a bill that includes abortion coverage. I’m not holding my breath. What I am hearing is that the Bishops are so eager to get socialized medicine installed that they will suck up the abortion portion, and that this is all just PR. I hope I’m wrong. But the Bishops have a formidable weapon, if they would just use it. They haven’t so far.


25 posted on 10/29/2009 12:54:37 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: tcg
Pgyanke Calls for Massive Catholic Opposition to Abortion in Current Health Care Reform
26 posted on 10/29/2009 12:55:00 PM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Gee, wonder if all the Catholics who voted for Obama will protest this bill?


27 posted on 10/29/2009 1:05:55 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Kansas58
Right on all counts.

Subsidiarity is the Methicillin of Socialism.

28 posted on 10/29/2009 1:05:58 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: La Lydia
"Well, the only way this could have any impact..."

...is if people at the parish level push hard on their congresspeople. It's too slackin' easy to say ... " If the Bishops would only..."

This is, strictly, our job.

29 posted on 10/29/2009 1:09:27 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: tcg

Thanks...just posted on my alumni blog. I expect to hear from the “separation of church and state” types in (counting down) 3...2...1...


30 posted on 10/29/2009 1:12:15 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good luck with that. Who do you think has more influence over a Democrat elected official, people at the parish level, or Nancy Pelosi and the DNC? I have faxed, emailed, called and personally talked to my personal congressweasel, to no avail. Ditto my senators, who both responded by sending me letters that had nothing to do with the subject. I hope this plan works, but the Bishops really ought to throw their weight around occasionally on an issue as critical as this one.


31 posted on 10/29/2009 1:17:36 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Marty62
But..Are the Bishops a day late and a dollar short? That is the question.

Many are more than a day late, but here is an opportunity for them to make amends. I know I'm too hopeful, but it's (past) time for our bishops to publicly call out pro-choice/pro-abortion politicians who call themselves Catholics.

IMHO, the threat of excommunication must be employed. Patrick Kennedy would be a good start.

32 posted on 10/29/2009 1:18:23 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: pgyanke
Amen.

Have you called your pastor?

33 posted on 10/29/2009 1:18:50 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: La Lydia
Amen to that.

Have you called our pastor? I just called mine. (Waiting for a callback.)

34 posted on 10/29/2009 1:19:58 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: La Lydia

I mean “your” pastor. I’m typing too fast!!


35 posted on 10/29/2009 1:20:36 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I have talked to my priest until I am blue in the face. He has no problem with wealth distribution, thinks it’s a great idea. He has backed himself into the same corner that the Bishops occupy.


36 posted on 10/29/2009 1:22:16 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Night Hides Not

Well the thing about Excommunication is that it is totally secret. And the steps are serious. (Since it is not a inconsequencial move,may drive sinner further from G-D)

Three abortion types were excommunicate in my former town. The idiots went PUBLIC, can you believe that!!!!
The Bishop when asked, said the Church does NOT comment of this matter.
Hopefully these Bishops have ALREADY sent the offenders THE LETTER.


37 posted on 10/29/2009 1:25:30 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: La Lydia

I share your frustration. But about the bulltin insert? We have to make sure they got the word, that they’re printing them and that they’ll distribute them. No matter how misguided they are about the whole taxation/redistribution thing, they’re supposed to be taking strong action to de-abortionize OR KILL this bill.


38 posted on 10/29/2009 1:26:11 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (It's not like a box of chocolates.. more like a jar of jalapenos, It could burn your butt tomorrow.)
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To: La Lydia

Ask your Priest, what the HISTORY of Priests survival rate is in Fascist/Commie/Socialist Regimes.
He probably doesn’t have a clue. Priests (and other religious)are considered to close to the people that these regimes target for control.


39 posted on 10/29/2009 1:32:00 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Will do.


40 posted on 10/29/2009 1:33:02 PM PDT by OpusatFR (Tagline not State Approved.)
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To: tcg

Bookmark


41 posted on 10/29/2009 1:34:17 PM PDT by OpusatFR (Tagline not State Approved.)
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To: Jaded

I know the feeling... :(


42 posted on 10/29/2009 1:46:08 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 10/29/2009 2:20:08 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Jaded

Tell me about it. We only had 50 people show up for 40 Hours, this week.


44 posted on 10/29/2009 2:25:30 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I must have sent such a letter 100+ times to my representatives. At least one of them is against the health care bill.


45 posted on 10/29/2009 3:18:59 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank you for the ping.


46 posted on 10/29/2009 3:21:27 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Drill in the USA and offshore USA!! Drill NOW and build more refineries!!!! Defund the EPA!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Not a Catholic but with you in spirit and agree with your position(s) ...


47 posted on 10/29/2009 5:19:46 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks Mrs. Don-o.


48 posted on 10/29/2009 5:33:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’m a thorn in his side... and proud of it.


49 posted on 10/29/2009 5:56:25 PM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thanks for the ping!


50 posted on 10/29/2009 9:52:07 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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