So many people ask, "What is the Church going to do about politicians who claim to be Catholic and still support abortion?" This document, issued by the US Bishops in 1998, gives an answer to that question.
"Living the Gospel of Life" contains a message to those politicians: You cannot be Catholic and "pro-choice" on abortion. It also contains a message to each of us: Use your vote to advance the Culture of Life!
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who served at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, has prepared a study guide to this document. With discussion questions, background information, and suggestions for further reading, the guide is ideal for small groups meeting in churches, schools, or homes.
The study guide is non-partisan and neither names nor endorses any candidates for public office.
We suggest that small groups be formed to use the study guide for a six week period prior to the elections.
"Thank you for your kindness in sending me the "Priests for Life" Study Guide for the document, Living the Gospel of Life, issued by bishops of the United States in 1998. The current controversy regarding Catholic politicians and the issue of abortion underscores how timely and necessary your Study Guide is. While some of the energy surrounding this question is created by the proximity of elections, the situation is one which is the fruit of may years' development, and a true change of heart among Catholic politicians will take much time and effort. I believe the bishops of our country are committed to that process, and the "Priests for Life" Study Guide will be very helpful in this important undertaking." Most Rev. William J. Levada, Archbishop of San Francisco (Appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City, May 2005)
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