Friday, February 06, 2009

Bishop Martino of Scranton Calls Casey Jr. to Account

American Catholic has the details:
... Senator, is not this vote a contradiction of your repeated claim that you support the protection of unborn life?

Contrary to a release issued by your office yesterday, the 1973 Helms Amendment does not provide the same restrictions as the Mexico City Policy. The Helms Amendment prohibits only U.S. funds from being used to pay for abortions or to motivate or coerce anyone to practice abortions. It in no way keeps U.S. federal funds from organizations which use their own money to pay for or support abortions. Nor does it place restrictions on organizations that lobby foreign governments to reverse anti-abortion laws. While I understand that the Helms Amendment is still in place, it does not have the same effect in limiting abortions abroad.

On Respect Life Sunday, October 5, I addressed the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton. In keeping with the obligations of my episcopal office, I called upon my brothers and sisters in faith to be vigilant against the objections to the Church’s teaching on life so prevalent in current political discourse. I vowed to be vigilant in correcting Catholics who are in error with regard to the sanctity of life. Your vote against the Mexico City Policy will mean the deaths of thousands of unborn children. This is an offense against life and a denial of our Catholic teaching on the dignity of every human being. This action is worthy of condemnation by all moral men and women.

What hypocrisy offers health insurance to children in one part of the world when children in another part will be deprived, by the stroke of the same pen, of their first breath?

I recognize and respect the burdens that you bear as a United States Senator; however, I remind you that your responsibilities as a Catholic bound by the faith of the Church exceed even those of your office. Your failure to reverse this vote will regrettably mean that you persist formally in cooperating with the evil brought about by this hideous and unnecessary policy.

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Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Only 6 of 24 Catholic Senators Vote to Restore Mexico City Policy

The Mexico City Policy: Getting It Straight

Obama Culture of Death Update™: Among President Obama's First Official Acts is Promoting Abortion Abroad [UPDATED]

Obama Administration to Export Culture of Death

Deal Hudson: "The Power of a Bold Bishop"

Bishop Martino: "I cannot have [the] Vice President-elect coming to Scranton, saying he learned his values there"

Deacon Fournier: "Bishop Martino is Right, ‘This is Madness People’"

Bishop Martino of Scranton: "Respect Life"

Casey, Jr. Disappoints; Glosses Over Life Issues [UPDATED]

Deacon Fournier's Plea to Senator Bob Casey: Fight for Life - Seize the Moment

Casey Jr. to Get Prime-Time Slot in Denver to Appease Catholics [UPDATED]

"Mighty Casey Has Struck Out" [UPDATED]

Casey Jr. Defends Obama's "Punished With a Baby" Remark

The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]

"Pro-Life" Casey Endorses Obama ...

Pro-Abortion Group Praises Casey For Votes

National Catholic Register: Pro-Lifers Assess Senator Casey’s Voting Record

Priest Blasts "Usual Suspects" For Votes Against Pro-Life Policy

Bob Casey Is Not His Father’s Pro-life Democrat

Senate Democrats (Including Allegedly "Pro Life" Bob Casey) Vote to Rescind Mexico City Policy

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