At the end of February I was with the Holy Father as he addressed the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Academy had addressed the theme of post-abortion healing. The Pope said, “It is necessary to provide the necessary help to women who sadly have already taken recourse to abortion, and who now experience all its moral and existential tragedy. There are many initiatives, at the diocesan level or through individual volunteer entities, which offer psychological and spiritual support for a complete human recovery. The solidarity of the Christian community cannot give up this type of co-responsibility.”
Among those presenting at the Academy’s meeting was our full-time Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, which is one of those initiatives to which the Pope was referring.