Regrettably, Maryland is a pro-abortion state. However, the Knights of Columbus and the Maryland Catholic Conference of Bishops have jointly run voter registration drives with the intent of registering pro-life Catholics to vote for pro-life candidates in state elections in Maryland. Last year, thousands of voters were registered.
As well, we're dealing with a variety of pro-life issues in our legislature, including reducing or ceasing state support for embryonic stem cell research, homosexual marriage, and state aid for crisis pregnancy centers to provide women with options other than abortions.
In response to the request from the bishops, the Knights mobilized a letter-writing campaign on the homosexual marriage issue, which generated 39,000 letters to legislators and the governor. By an order of magnitude or so, this legislation drew more mail than any other piece of legislation that anyone can remember. Going back decades. Regrettably, the legislature and the governor passed and signed a “civil union” bill, but there is political movement to put it to referendum. The Church, especially throught Knights, is working for this.
At the local level, many Democrat legislators in the state are actually pro-life. Maryland is a heavily-Democrat state, so it's tough for folks who label themselves Republicans to get elected. But I know that my own state senator is pro-life, as is my own state delegate. In some parts of Maryland, in some districts, it helps to be pro-life to get elected. My parish resides in Bowie, Maryland, and the local state delegate of that legislative district is also pro-life.
Thus, although we pro-lifers are in the minority here in Maryland, we are still fighting politically for pro-life politicians and pro-life issues.
Sorry to hear that the “pro-life” folks where you live seem to have abandoned the battlefield.
“Do they discuss shacking-up from the Pulpit also?”
Non sequitur. I don't think I ever brought up or addressed the topic.
“Heard any contraception talks at Mass?”
Again, non sequitur. I didn't bring up or address the topic.
We agree that the country should be pro-life. We just disagree on the best way to do that. You want to rely on politicians, government laws, etc. I want to rely on the parish preaching. Convert the public.
I mentioned shacking up [co-habitation] and contraception as also moral issues which are avoided in NY, NJ and PA churches. Because the Church seems to have given up the battle in these areas also. Are they mentioned in MD?