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Dear faithful people of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta,
Recently, the state of New York passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) preserving “abortion rights” in New York at the state level as well as removing restrictions for late term abortions, even to the day of birth. Only a few days after the RHA passed, Archbishop Gregory celebrated our Mass for the Unborn, with hundreds of the faithful, at our Cathedral of Christ the King. Following the Mass, the Archdiocese of Atlanta hosted a public, prayerful witness to life on the streets outside, boldly declaring that we stand for life.
The Catholic Church has publicly spoken out against the RHA. http://usccb.org/news/2019/19-026.cfm Church teaching on the immorality of abortion has not changed nor will it ever. I must clearly emphasize that no Catholic can support this bill or the pro-choice movement and remain in good standing with the Church. As Archbishop Gregory stated clearly in his homily at this year’s Mass for the Unborn, “We are pro-life.”
Read Archbishop Gregory’s full Pro-Life Mass homily here.
While we in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are outside of the legislation in New York, many of us are rightly concerned and angry. I encourage the faithful to express their disapproval to political leaders in New York and Congress. I challenge all of us within the Archdiocese to increase our own personal involvement with Respect Life Ministry and outreach. Are you involved in a Respect Life Ministry at your home parish? Have you supported the local Catholic Pregnancy Aid clinics and the work they do for women in need? The reality is: our Archdiocese has been working in the prolife movement for a number of years. But to really change the culture, we need your help! https://archatl.com/ministries-services/respect-life-ministry/
Dare we go deeper into the root of the issue though? The legislation speaks volumes about how little confidence we have in man and woman to love each other rightly in today’s world. St. John Paul II says that “it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not…accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection” (Gospel of Life, 92). During the Sermon on the Mount, Christ addresses the human heart and invites each of us to a reverence that actually enables us to “see God” in our maleness and femaleness (Matt 5:8). Before anything else, Jesus calls our own hearts to personal purification. This is a lifelong journey made possible by grace.
As I said in The Georgia Bulletin, “the Good News is that the Church has a more appealing view of the human person than what our culture is comfortable with. She has a more attractive vision for how man and woman are called to love each other. When our nation catches wind of this, abortion will lose its footing entirely.” https://georgiabulletin.org/news/2018/11/cdc-report-shows-continued-decline-in-u-s-abortion-rate/
Director of Respect Life Ministry