My dear Parishioners,                                                                                                       December 2008
 
The work for pro-life is the responsibility of everyone but particularly us as Catholics who consistently preach a Gospel of Life.  The President of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Francis Cardinal George, reminded us of this in a statement endorsed unanimously by all the bishops of the country. 
 
One serious threat facing us is what is called the Freedom of Choice Act or FOCA.  Cardinal George outlined a number of consequences adverse to life that would occur if FOCA, as it is presently proposed, became law.  These include:  removing any "interference" to abortion at will; depriving the states of the freedom to enact regulations on the abortion industry; outlawing parental notification and informed consent precautions; deregulating abortion clinics; abrogating the Hyde Amendment that restricts federal funding for abortions; compromising the consciences of doctors, nurses and health care workers whose personal convictions do not permit them to cooperate in the killing of unborn children; and threatening Catholic health care institutions and Catholic Charities (cf. Statement of Francis Cardinal George, USCCB, November 12, 2008, republished in our local Catholic Calendar of Friday, December 5, 2008).
 
The possibility exists that a new Congress and a new Administration could eliminate what few pro-life protections remain in place.  To quote Cardinal George once again:  "Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion." 
 
The Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, with the leadership of its Chairman, Justin Cardinal Rigali, is asking us to participate in a massive postcard campaign.  The purpose of this campaign is to communicate to Congress our grave concern over the possible passage of FOCA and the elimination of pro-life laws and policies now in place. 
 
Our Diocesan Pro-Life Office will coordinate this postcard campaign with the pro-life directors in each parish of the diocese. The postcards will be distributed to parishes in mid January and available for signing the weekend of January 24-25.
 
I ask for your cooperation.  The threat is serious.  I firmly believe that failure to voice an objection and concern would be morally delinquent.  I ask also for your prayers in support of life.
 
As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of the Lord Jesus, I ask God's blessings on you and your families.
 
Devotedly yours in our Lord,


 +Glen John Provost
 Bishop of Lake Charles