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Over 80 Bishops Say Abortion/Life Issues Defining Issues of Election
LifeSiteNews ^ | October 27, 2008 | Tim Waggoner

Posted on 10/27/2008 10:29:15 PM PDT by MountainLoop

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A comprehensive list compiled by InsideCatholic.com reveals that more than 80 U.S. bishops have proclaimed abortion and the life issues to be the defining issues in the upcoming election, including 22 bishops who signed on to a joint statement by the New York bishops, and another 10 bishops who signed on to a Pennsylvania joint statement.

Just three days ago, LifeSiteNews.com reported that popular Catholic writer and blogger Rocco Palmo had calculated that approximately 50 bishops have proclaimed abortion and the life issues to be the defining issues in the election; but according to InsideCatholic the number is significantly greater than that.

Increasingly, and with increasing urgency, the shepherds of the U.S. Church are encouraging their flock to see the gift of life as the most important election issue – even in the midst of a war and a struggling economy. As the New York bishops write, "The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person outweighs other concerns where Catholics may use prudential judgment, such as how best to meet the needs of the poor or to increase access to health care for all."

Many of the bishops have also observed that abortion is not the only violation against the right to life that voters must consider, but have urged Catholics to consider the candidate's positions on euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and other violations against the human embryo.

(Excerpt) Read more at lifesitenews.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: cultureoflife; election; prolife; usbishops

1 posted on 10/27/2008 10:29:16 PM PDT by MountainLoop
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To: MountainLoop

That is interesting. In our chruch bulletin our priest put a notice about some flyers that someone had put on car windsheilds. I don’t know what was said and he didn’t share that in his statement which bascially said that the choice of President is personal to each individual...this coming from a Catholic Priest. I would have thought he would have said something about the abortion issue. So wonder where he stands? Oh and did I mention our new parish priest is black? He is so who knows who he is leaning for in this election.


2 posted on 10/27/2008 10:31:59 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: MountainLoop

We need to show this to our Catholic friends.


3 posted on 10/28/2008 12:23:43 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: MountainLoop; nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
Please call your bishop if he is not on this list and find out why???????!!!!!!!

InsideCatholic.com's list of bishops proclaiming abortion as the main election issue:

(Note that numbers 58 and 59 encompass 22 and 10 bishops respectively, who are included in joint statements issued by the bishops of New York and Pennsylvania)

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)


4 posted on 10/28/2008 8:11:32 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Sun

**We need to show this to our Catholic friends.**

And priests, if they are not obeying their Bishops!


5 posted on 10/28/2008 8:13:55 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see the Archbishop of New Orleans on the list.


6 posted on 10/28/2008 8:15:43 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Salvation
*** Please call your bishop if he is not on this list and find out why???????!!!!!!! ****

Don't have to, thank goodness.

In Northern IL they've stepped up to the plate, YES!
7 posted on 10/28/2008 8:20:50 AM PDT by Condor51 (The only difference between Bill Ayers and Timothy McVeigh is the body count!)
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To: murron

Send a note to Deal Hudson at this address/page to add him to the list.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/oct/08102710.html


8 posted on 10/28/2008 8:26:14 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
14. Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas

Of course mine's on the list. He and Bishop Kevin Vann are the ones that penned the recent letter that's been getting so much attention.

9 posted on 10/28/2008 8:28:49 AM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: al_c
Our priest read Bishop Farrell's letter during a homily a couple of weeks ago. A breath of fresh air.

Our Lady of the Lake.

10 posted on 10/28/2008 8:56:38 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: ladtx

Oops, should be: our Monsignor read the letter.


11 posted on 10/28/2008 9:03:56 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: Salvation

Where is Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta?


12 posted on 10/28/2008 9:43:00 AM PDT by ethics
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

#7


13 posted on 10/28/2008 9:47:24 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Salvation

Yep! My Bishop, McManus, is on the list!


14 posted on 10/28/2008 10:09:14 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Salvation
Bishop David Zubic of Pittsburgh

Faith sharing bump.

15 posted on 10/28/2008 12:13:41 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Todd Palin signed my t-shirt Oct.18 at NRA rally, N.Versailles PA Sportsmen's Club.)
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To: Salvation
Joint Statement by the Bishops of Pennsylvania

Inspirational bump for this thread.

16 posted on 10/28/2008 12:15:26 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Todd Palin signed my t-shirt Oct.18 at NRA rally, N.Versailles PA Sportsmen's Club.)
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To: Salvation

Bishops and priests in Los Angeles don’t speak up for Life because they will alienate the liberals (cafeteria Catholics). I am going to help some other parishioners get the word out in front of church next weekend.


17 posted on 10/28/2008 12:59:03 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Que Sarah, Sarah)
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To: Salvation
From a priest I used to work with. How do you respond to something like this? Isn't the church saying all abortions are bad? Looks like this guy is pushing "reduction in abortions.

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"Greetings: Here's a site by Walter Kmiec, a pro-life Catholic lawyer who served as legal counsel to Reagan and George H.W. Bush. The site has abortion reduction facts, Obama's plans related to abortion reduction, and books/articles related to socio-economic and legal policies that reduce the incidence of abortion in society. He makes his argument for supporting Obama without challenging current official Roman Catholic teaching on abortion and without dismissing abortion reduction efforts as unimportant in comparison to other more pressing moral concerns facing our country.

http://www.prolifeproobama.com/

18 posted on 10/28/2008 1:10:37 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: All; Salvation

FYI:

“Billionaire investor George Soros is bankrolling liberal Catholic groups that support abortion.

An investigation by the New York-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights finds that George Soros’ Open Society Institute gave Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good $50,000 in 2005 and $100,000 in 2006. Catholic League president Bill Donohue suspects that Soros may also be funding the group Catholics United, an organization with which Catholics in Alliance has a formal relationship. Donahue contends both groups are “in the pocket of the Democratic Party” and are trying to sell Catholics the notion that they can be opponents of abortion and not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade if they support minimum wage and more welfare benefits.”

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=297552


19 posted on 10/28/2008 1:32:47 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: ethics
Good question. Here is a link:

Let us know what you find out!!

Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory
Archdiocese of Atlanta
680 W. Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
 
http://www.archatl.com/

20 posted on 10/28/2008 2:38:41 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: La Enchiladita

That is wonderful of you to do that. Blessings!


21 posted on 10/28/2008 2:39:45 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nufsed

Kmiec is a Catholic in Name Only CINO — just like I bet he is a dimocrat.

Don’t bother with him, other than praying for his soul, because right now he’s heading in a downward spiral.


22 posted on 10/28/2008 2:41:25 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Sun
There are several threads on FR about Soros giving the dissident Catholics money.

Billionaire leftist [Soros] funds liberal Catholics
George Soros Funding Catholic "groups" making Obama Seem Pro-life on Abortion
Catholic League claims Catholic political groups are financed by George Soros
Soros Funds Catholic Groups Making Obama Seem Pro-Life Catholic League Alleges that George Soros Funds 'Catholic Left'

23 posted on 10/28/2008 2:47:39 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

I’m not involved with anyone. I’m quite the heathen. I oppose abortion and I was interested to see an old friend, a priest, try to justify Obama’s position on abortion as moral.


24 posted on 10/28/2008 3:04:41 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: Salvation

Is there some info on this Kmiec I can use as a comback if the priest replies to my e-mail?


25 posted on 10/28/2008 3:06:10 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: Salvation

I’m surprised I don’t see Archbishop Meyer from Newark NJ on the list. I could have sworn he made a good pro-life statement. I’ll have to do some digging...


26 posted on 10/28/2008 3:37:16 PM PDT by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: Salvation

Thanks very much for the ping and post, Salvation.

life BUMP!


27 posted on 10/28/2008 4:20:09 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: nufsed
Hang on here................

Hang on here................

Little Murders [Bishop Chaput Slams Obama on Abortion & Blasts Kmiec for Misleading Catholics]
OPINION: Doug Kmiec’s ‘Can a Catholic Support Him?’ Asks the Wrong Question
OPINION: Doug Kmiec’s Book, the Nature of Freedom and a 'good' Conscience
Douglas Kmiec Defends Barack Obama's Vote Against Abortion-Infanticide Bill
Editorial: Disagreeing with Doug Kmiec One More Time
DOUG KMIEC: Catholic Reasons for Hope in the General Election
Opinion: Doug Kmiec on McCain v. Obama at Saddleback

28 posted on 10/28/2008 4:36:05 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanx


29 posted on 10/28/2008 4:39:46 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: CatQuilt
Archdiocese of Newark
Most Reverend John J. Myers
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104-0500
 
http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm

30 posted on 10/28/2008 4:40:55 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

I know why my Archbishop, Mahoney, is not on the list. He’s light in the loafers. He does put up a cheery, designer Christmas tree at his “cathedral”, however. God bless the bishops who are willing to speak out and guide their flocks. In California, we are in a spiritual desert with no one to guide us. May God hold our California church leadership accountable for being weak, fearful, tepid, and anti-family.

I am so tired of seeing a wimpy little man on the altar whose homily is full of platitudes. What kind of example is that to little boys with vocations? Who would want to grow up to be a priest, if that was the only type of priest they saw?

Sorry, just fed up today... They should all be vocal that Catholics must vote for our viable, pro-life candidate.


31 posted on 10/28/2008 6:04:17 PM PDT by Melian
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To: Melian

**They should all be vocal that Catholics must vote for our viable, pro-life candidate.**

I thought of this today also when I posted it. Why aren’t all 197 (I think) bishops on this list?


32 posted on 10/28/2008 9:22:37 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Melian
For you and other people from Los Angeles to ask why their names aren't on this list.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
His Eminence Roger Cardinal Mahony
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241

Most Reverend Edward W. Clark
Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral
5835 W. Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Most Reverend Thomas J. Curry
Santa Barbara Pastoral Region
3240 Calle Pinon
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Most Reverend Alexander Salazar
San Pedro Pastoral Region
3555 St. Pancratius Place
Lakewood, Ca 90712-1416

Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis
3424 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241

Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson
P.O. Box 7608
Mission Hills, CA 91346-7608

Most Reverend Gabino Zavala
San Gabriel Pastoral Region
16009 East Cypress Avenue
Irwindale, CA 91706-2122

Most Reverend Juan A. Arzube
Former Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Most Reverend Joseph M. Sartoris
Former Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Most Reverend John J. Ward
Former Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles


33 posted on 10/28/2008 9:27:12 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thank you so much!


34 posted on 10/29/2008 7:08:01 AM PDT by Melian
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To: Salvation

No response!!!

Kind of frustrating!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 10/30/2008 5:12:11 AM PDT by ethics
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