Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bishops to Discuss Abortion Politics in Full Assembly

The Administrative Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is that body's highest authority outside the bishops' plenary assemblies. The committee, of which our own Bishop Robert Finn is a member, has been meeting in DC this week and have issued a statement endorsing prior statements from Cardinal Rigali on the matters of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Joe Biden's Meet The Press abortion remarks.

They have further determined that the bishops as a whole will take up the issue of abortion and politics at their next plenary meeting in November.

Here the Administrative Committee's statement:

In light of recent comments by Catholic politicians misrepresenting Catholic teaching, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops affirms the statements that have been issued by Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine. We confirm the Catholic Church's constant teaching about the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception and the intrinsic evil of abortion. As the teachers of the faith, we also point out the connectedness between the evil of abortion and political support for abortion. We plan to discuss the practical and pastoral implications of these serious matters at the U.S. bishops' November 10-13, 2008 general meeting in Baltimore.

The two referenced statements are here for Biden and here for Pelosi.