Skip to comments.New president of U.S. bishops spearheaded new blessing for unborn babies
Posted on 11/12/2013 4:02:03 PM PST by NYer
Washington DC, November 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The strongly pro-life and pro-family U.S. archbishop who successfully spearheaded the new rite of blessing for unborn children was elected today as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who has served as vice president of USCCB since 2010, has been a vocal advocate for defending true marriage and protecting unborn life.
While acting as the chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage in 2010, Archbishop Kurtz, 67, praised the New Jersey state Senate’s vote to preserve the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, calling the fight for traditional marriage “one of the premier social justice issues of our time.”
As the chairman of the bishops’ marriage committee, Kurtz has also opposed the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), stating in a 2010 letter to Congress that the proposed law would pose serious danger to marriage, religious liberty, privacy, the right to speak the truth about homosexuality in the public square, the rights of employers to act “consistent with that truth,” and the right of individuals to associate freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
When Kentucky proposed in 2011 to merge a Catholic health system with a public hospital, stating that the merged entity would have to offer sterilization and abortion, Archbishop Kurtz demanded that the church’s “moral and social teaching” on medical care be given precedence. “We do not believe, for example, that the destruction of the child in the womb serves mothers, children, or families, and we do not see this as a legitimate healthcare service,” he stated in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Record.
The archbishop was the moving force behind the 2012 Vatican-approved blessing for children in the womb that was written to encourage parish prayers for and recognition of the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society.
Archbishop Kurtz, elected to a three-year term, succeeds Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. Kurtz was elected president on the first ballot with 125 out of about 235 votes (53 percent), stated the USCCB in a press release.
The archbishop will take the helm of a conference of bishops that is becoming more vocal in its opposition to signature policies pushed by the Obama administration, including the HHS mandate forcing funding of contraception, ENDA, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding of abortion.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected USCCB vice president, succeeding Archbishop Kurtz.
Judie Brown, co-founder of American Life League, the nation's oldest Catholic prolife group, said in a statement that her group offers “prayers and support” to Archbishop Kurtz.
“He has a reputation as placing abortion, euthanasia, and other challenges to protecting the dignity of the human person at the forefront of his priorities as a teacher and shepherd,” she said. “The fact that His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed this prelate encourages us.
“With his experience in social programs, we hope that Archbishop Kurtz will take the reins of social justice programs at USCCB to advance this important work of the Church. His leadership in this area will assure that social justice is not separated from social morality.”
Does anyone know how he stands on Canon 915?
I.e., has he publicly opposed giving Communion to publicly pro-abortion “Catholics”?
(I don't know his stand on 915 -- this website says that is "unknown", for whatever that is worth.)
Glad to learn he seems so pro-life though.
Almighty God, our Father,
you who have given us life
and intended us to have it forever,
grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness
and to a renewed conviction
that all human life is sacred
because it is created
in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word
and the example of our lives
that life occupies the first place,
that human life is precious
because it is the gift of God
whose love is infinite.
Give us the strength to defend human life
against every influence
or action that threatens or weakens it,
as well as the strength
to make every life more human
in all its aspects.
Give us the grace...
When the sacredness of life
before birth is attacked,
to stand up and proclaim
that no one ever has the authority
to destroy unborn life.
When a child is described as a burden
or is looked upon only as a means
to satisfy an emotional need,
to stand up
and insist that every child is a unique
and unrepeatable gift of God,
a gift of God
with a right to a loving
and united family.
When the institution of marriage
is abandoned to human selfishness
or reduced to a temporary conditional arrangement
that can easily be terminated,
to stand up and affirm
the indissolubility of the marriage bond.
When the value of the family is threatened
because of social and economic pressure,
to stand up and reaffirm
that the family is necessary
not only for the private good of every person,
but also for the common good of every society,
nation and state.
When freedom is used to dominate the weak,
to squander natural resources and energy,
to deny basic necessities to people,
to stand up and affirm
the demands of justice and social love.
give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity
of all human life and to demand
that society itself give its protection.
We ask this in your name,
through the redemptive act
of your Son and in the Holy Spirit.
Yes, me too. Otherwise this is all just more lip-service.