Office of Pro Life

By William B. May
The true meaning and purpose of marriage has become clouded over the last 40 years. This confusion has influenced why and whether young people marry. While we understand marriage as a sacrament, it’s critical we learn to use non-religious language to explain it to our children and friends in ways that properly convey its truth and beauty.

Abortion, euthanasia, domestic abuse, gang related violence, terrorism, murder, mass shootings, expressions of hatred or racism and other acts contrary to the dignity of persons… all of these crimes cry out for justice. Yet we are a people of hope, and St. Paul reminds us that “in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24).

WASHINGTON — The General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed comments with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), September 3, on a proposed regulation on health plans for members of Congress and their staff. The comments urged the OPM to comply with a longstanding policy against subsidizing federal employee plans that include elective abortions. The comments were signed by Anthony Picarello, USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel.

By Mark L. Rienzi
Our Nation was founded on the principle that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” As the Declaration of Independence explains, these rights are not gifts from a civil government, but inherent and God-given components of our humanity. The Constitution proclaims that the very purpose of government is to “secure the Blessings” of these liberties for “ourselves and our Posterity.”

WASHINGTON — A lawyer, a Franciscan health care executive, and a diocesan leader and social worker received the 2013 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during an August 4 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference held this year in Boston. The honorees were Frances X. Hogan, Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp.

My life is ruined. I have been depressed, suicidal, guilt-ridden for 24 years. … I beg every day for forgiveness. … I cannot believe God would forgive the life I have led.

Over the years I continually went to confession. A priest once told me, “God has forgiven you. You need to forgive yourself. You are putting yourself through your own purgatory.” But I could not bring myself to accept forgiveness.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule on its mandate that requires employee health insurance for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and female sterilization does not appear, on first analysis, to eliminate “the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of  New York said July 3.