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Note on Catholics for a Free Choice-Statement

National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB)

November 04, 1993

The following is important information regarding what the Church in the United States has said about the group "Catholics for a Free Choice." The statement, released in 1993, bears repeating as some continue to think that one can be "Catholic" and still assert that the killing of a pre-born child can be a morally acceptable option. It cannot, and that teaching is unchangeable. --Fr. Frank Pavone

News Release

During Pope John Paul II's recent visit to this country, programs about dissent in the Catholic Church often included a spokesperson for a group calling itself "Catholics for a Free Choice" (CFFC). Both before and since World Youth Day, because of the attention the media have paid to the group, many people, including Catholics, may be led to believe that it is an authentic Catholic organization. It is not. It has no affiliation, formal or otherwise, with the Catholic Church.

In fact Catholics for a Free Choice is associated with the pro-abortion lobby in Washington, D.C. It attracts public attention by its denunciations of basic principles of Catholic morality and teaching--denunciations given enhanced visibility by media outlets that portray CFFC as a reputable voice of Catholic dissent.

CFFC can in no way speak for the Catholic Church and its 59 million members in the United States. Most of CFFC's funding is from secular foundations supporting legal abortion in this country and abroad. It shares an address and funding sources with the National Abortion Federation, a trade association which seeks to advance the financial and professional interests of abortionists.

Therefore, it is important to educate the public, especially Catholics, about CFFC's insistence on claiming a Catholic label. This group has rejected unity with the Church on important issues of long-lasting and unchanging Church teaching. In fact there is no room for dissent by a Catholic from the Church's moral teaching that direct abortion is a grave wrong.

Our Catholic position embraces the truth regarding the sacredness of every human life, before as well as after birth. CFFC endorses the violent destruction of innocent unborn human beings and regularly issues legal briefs and other publications endorsing legalized abortion for all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason. Most Americans do not support its extreme agenda.

Because of its opposition to the human rights of some of the most defenseless members of the human race, and because its purposes and activities deliberately contradict essential teachings of the Catholic faith, we state once again that Catholics for a Free Choice merits no recognition or support as a Catholic organization.

Administrative Committee

National Conference of Catholic Bishops

Released in Washington, D.C., November 4, 1993

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