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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion nationwide in its decision on Roe v. Wade. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities called on the faithful to “pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love” on the anniversary of the court’s decision.

 

Archbishop Lori’s full statement follows:

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Nationwide Prayer Vigil for Life to Take Place from January 20-21

January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 20 to Friday, January 21, 2022, marking the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 62 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

 

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Denounces FDA Decision on Chemical Abortion Pill

December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today they will eliminate the safety requirement of in-person dispensing in the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the chemical abortion drug mifepristone. The FDA’s action clears a path for the drug to be dispensed by clinics, medical offices, and hospitals through the use of online pharmacies or drug delivery services.

In response, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:

COVID: Mask requirements and guidance

December 9, 2021

From the Pandemic Response Team:

In the light of spiking numbers of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers in the upcoming holiday season, Cardinal Seán is mandating that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This mandate takes effect the weekend of December 18/19, 2021, and expires on January 17, 2022. 

 

Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members, and instrumentalists, should all wear masks except when they are speaking.

 

Justices seem willing to allow Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the Supreme Court's first major abortion case in decades -- which looked at Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy -- the majority of justices Dec. 1 seemed willing to let that ban stay in place.

But it was unclear if they would take this further and overturn Roe.

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Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide

 

The Massachusetts State Legislature is considering passing into law two deeply troubling bills this session which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide.

The bills, House 2381 and Senate 1384, are identical in text and titled “An Act relative to end of life options”. “The Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts stand united in our strong opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide. It is an affront to life and a dangerous precedent for determining end of life issues. Physicians are trained to care for the ill, not to hasten death.”

Faith Groups Say the Build Back Better Act Would Exclude Faith-Based Child Care and Pre-Kindergarten Providers

December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – Two bishop chairmen on behalf of their committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have cosigned a coalition letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) with other faith groups raising urgent concerns that the Build Back Better Act’s (BBBA) child care and universal pre-kindergarten programs would exclude faith-based providers.

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Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message

Too many people already believe killing themselves is a reasonable solution to their most painful problems.

By Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist,

Members of the Massachusetts Medical Society debated a resolution in 2017 that dropped the group's official opposition to medical aid in dying.JESSICA RINALDI

SPANISH: 2021 Respect for Life Month Statement

Declaración del Mes Respetemos la Vida Del 2021

Reverendísimo Joseph F. Naumann
Presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB

27 septiembre de 2021

El mes de octubre trae consigo la observancia anual del Mes Respetemos la Vida. Este año se enmarca dentro del Año de San José declarado por el Papa Francisco, y por ese motivo la celebración resalta el ejemplo de ese gran Santo.

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2021 RESPECT LIFE MONTH STATEMENT

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities
 

September 27, 2021

The month of October brings with it our annual observance of Respect Life Month. As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, this year’s celebration highlights the example of that great saint.

As the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life.

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