I’m spending these days at the semi-annual meeting of all the Catholic bishops of the United States, as they gather in Baltimore. I’ve been coming to these meetings for quite a few years to represent the national movement of Priests for Life, and the support and encouragement I get from these bishops for our ministry continues to be more strong and palpable each time.
During the many personal conversations I’m having, I’m relaying to the bishops the gratitude of so many of you for the statements that many of them made prior to the elections. They in turn are thanking me and Priests for Life for the work we do each year to promote political responsibility — a work that so many of you make possible!
During the opening address from Cardinal George, the President of the Bishops’ Conference, the line which drew spontaneous and sustained applause from the body of bishops during the speech was this one:
“The common good can never be adequately incarnated in any society when those waiting to be born can be legally killed at choice.”
After the applause, he went on to say,
“If the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision that African Americans were other people’s property and somehow less than persons were still settled constitutional law, Mr. Obama would not be president of the United States.”
Fr. Frank Pavone