God Will Overcome
Following are excerpts from a statement issued for Respect Life Month 2000 by
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark
"We can never give up this crusade for life.
"Each year we pray for an end to the terrible massacre of little babies in
their mothers wombs ... as we beg the Lord of all life to give us strength and
confidence to continue the struggle against the culture of death.
"Some have given up the struggle. I understand their frustration, but I do
not agree with it. The pro-life movement has had its victories too.
"Time after time we have won in the halls of our legislatures only to have
that victory snatched from us by the ruling of a court…How key to this ultimate
resolution are the courts!
"We must really pray that those who interpret the laws in the light of our
Constitution will find once again a way to protect those values of life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness on which our nation was built from its very
"The anti-life forces have opened up a second front in this battle -- the
old, the sick, the people with mental illness, under the banner of euthanasia
and mercy killing."
"Remaining always within the restraints of the law, we can never stand by
idly while an innocent person is being killed.
"Don't give up your pro-life work and prayers. Don't lose heart at temporary
setbacks. This is truly God's work and he is the master of all life. The day is
coming when he will overcome."