Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Primary Issue Facing Voters is Life...

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton released a pastoral letter ahead of Respect Life Sunday, to be celebrated this weekend. He asked that the letter be read at all Masses over the weekend in place of the homily, and a copy placed in all parish bulletins.

For those who have not read it, I urge you to do so. I also urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to share this letter with friends and family. In the letter, Bishop Martino quotes from Bishop Timlin's pastoral letter on Respect Life Sunday 2000:

Abortion is the issue this year and every year in every campaign.

Catholics may not turn away from the moral challenge that abortion poses for those who seek to obey God’s commands.

They are wrong when they assert that abortion does not concern them, or that it is only one of a multitude of issues of equal importance.

No, the taking of innocent human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue.

I repeat. It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but the entire electorate."
Any Catholic who proposes something other than this speaks for and with the devil.

Read it all here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the bishop's good words are likely to be counterproductive due to his current unpopularity. Closing parishes and schools, feuding with his priests and Catholic schoolteachers, financial issues, and just general poor relations with the faithful has made him a man few look up to.