on Catholics for a Free Choice
WASHINGTON (May 10, 2000) -- Galveston-Houston Bishop Joseph A.
Fiorenza, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U. S.
Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on the status of the
organization "Catholics for a Free Choice":
"For a number of years, a group calling itself Catholics for a Free Choice
(CFFC) has been publicly supporting abortion while claiming it speaks as an
authentic Catholic voice. That claim is false. In fact, the group's activity is
directed to rejection and distortion of Catholic teaching about the respect and
protection due to defenseless unborn human life.
"On a number of occasions the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) has
stated publicly that CFFC is not a Catholic organization, does not speak for the
Catholic Church, and in fact promotes positions contrary to the teaching of the
Church as articulated by the Holy See and the NCCB.
"CFFC is, practically speaking, an arm of the abortion lobby in the United
States and throughout the world. It is an advocacy group dedicated to supporting
abortion. It is funded by a number of powerful and wealthy private foundations,
mostly American, to promote abortion as a method of population control. This
position is contrary to existing United Nations policy and the laws and policies
of most nations of the world.
"In its latest campaign, CFFC has undertaken a concentrated public relations
effort to end the official presence and silence the moral voice of the Holy See
at the United Nations as a Permanent Observer. The public relations effort has
ridiculed the Holy See in language reminiscent of other episodes of
anti-Catholic bigotry that the Catholic Church has endured in the past.
"As the Catholic Bishops of the United States have stated for many years, the
use of the name Catholic as a platform for promoting the taking of innocent
human life and ridiculing the Church is offensive not only to Catholics, but to
all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse. We state once
again with the strongest emphasis: `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,....Catholics for a Free Choice merits no recognition or support
as a Catholic organization" (Administrative Committee, National Conference of
Catholic Bishops, 1993)."