Cardinal Dolan urges for Pro-Life movement to spread a vision of Love and Life

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in a statement for the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, took aim at the “extreme ideology” of President Barack Obama and “other Democratic leaders” in opposing conscience-protection measures. He is also the new chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason – though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us,” wrote Cardinal Dolan. “Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as ‘pro-life,’ a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.”

“Even as Americans remain troubled by abortion,” wrote Cardinal Dolan, a powerful and well-funded lobby holds “that abortion must be celebrated as a positive good for women and society, and those who cannot in conscience provide it are to be condemned for practicing substandard medicine and waging a ‘war on women’.” He said this trend was seen recently when President Obama and other Democratic leaders prevented passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, “a modest measure to provide for effective enforcement” of conscience laws.

“While this is disturbing,” said Cardinal Dolan, “it is also an opportunity.” Pro-life Americans should reach out to “the great majority of Americans” who are “open to hearing a message of reverence for life.” He added that “we who present the pro-life message must always strive to be better messengers. A cause that teaches the inexpressibly great value of each and every human being cannot show disdain or disrespect for any fellow human being.” He encouraged Catholics to take part, through prayer and action, in the upcoming “9 Days for Life” campaign, January 16-24.

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He also cited the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis as a time for women and men to find healing through the Church’s Project Rachel post-abortion ministry.



  1. Catholic Strong Reply

    Place my name in that Book For Life! With the Bible as our shield and the Rosary as our sword, we shall overcome! Ark of the new and everlasting covenant pray for us who have recourse to thee!

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Enough with all this chest pounding. Let’s get to the heart of the matter. What happens to the souls of aborted fetuses, assuming they have souls in the first place (which ongoing research is disputing as more and more evidence regarding how consciousness works, comes in)? If they have souls, then where do they go?

    Do they go to heaven or Hell? It used to be that they went to Limbo, where everyone who wasn’t baptized went – imagine the cruelty of telling a woman who just had a miscarriage that she would never get to see her baby because it would be in Limbo. Even if she went to Hell, she would never get to see it. Heartless. Anyway, the RCC apparently did away with Limbo, so now we’ve got to figure out where these fetus souls go.

    If they go to eternal torment in Hell, what does that say about Bible God’s love, mercy, justice, etc.? Who would worship a being that would send an innocent (soul) to eternal torment for something it has absolutely no control over? Not me.

    If they go to heaven, then what’s the problem? That’s why we’re all here, right? To believe, say and do the right things so that we can have eternal, zombie bliss in heaven. (thy will be done, as it is in heaven – not our will, God’s will – we have no free will in heaven, thus we must be zombies). If our whole purpose in being here is to get to heaven, then it seems those who are aborted or miscarried get a real advantage over the rest of us. They don’t have to roll the salvation dice and maybe end up as Muslims, Buddhists, or god-forbid Atheists, and end up in Hell. They don’t have to suffer like the rest of us do. They avoid that roll of the dice, and the suffering, and go straight to heaven – or do they?

    Assuming they go to heaven (most Christians of other denominations tell me this is what they believe), then they get to go from the starting line to the winner’s circle without ever having to run the race. Amazing. What incredible luck and good fortune….. or is this what really ticks people off? I can see where some might say, “Hey that’s not fair. That fetus got to go straight to heaven. It didn’t have to suffer and deal with guilt, fear and doubt – it goes straight to the winner’s circle. It’s just not fair!” Is that the problem with abortion? Is that why Christians oppose it? Nobody gets a free pass from suffering, and the more of it the better from the Christian perspective; so I can see how this idea of a soul going straight to heaven would be troublesome to those who can’t allow others to enjoy their good fortune.

    I really don’t get it. Either they go to heaven or they go to Hell. If God sends them to Hell, then as far as I’m concerned He can send Himself there, because He is morally bankrupt if He does so. If they go to heaven – what’s the problem?

    Of course the RCC could reduce abortion rates tomorrow, by promoting contraception – but good grief, that makes far too much sense and helps remove guilt from sex, something that would cause the Church to lose its fear-based power over the sheeple, so it certainly can’t do the intelligent and compassionate thing. It might cost too much.

    1. Joe Reply

      Who’s doing the chest pounding now. Get off your soap box and don’t get back on until you know what you’re talking about.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        Well, that sure was an intellectual answer, Joe. Come on, put a little thought into it. Where does the soul of an aborted, miscarried or unbaptized infant go? Heaven or Hell? What’s you’re best guess, seeing as the RCC doesn’t seem to have an answer since they eliminated Limbo. Please educated me, given that you say I don’t know what I’m talking about. When I was a child, unbaptized souls went to Limbo (a horrible concept in my view); but where do they go today? All I have been able to glean from Catholic writing is that they have at best a “hope” for salvation since Limbo was shut down.

  3. Catholic Strong Reply

    Pro Choice! Choose Life! Life was chosen for you! Choose to Live Pro Life!

  4. Catholic Strong Reply

    Pro Choice! Choose Life! Life was chosen for you! Choose to Live Pro Life! We are created to Live & let Live!

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