Friday, October 24, 2008

A Grab Bag of Bishop's Statements

Lazy blogging today, but the bishops continue to offer much for your consideration over the weekend.

1. New York Cardinal Edward Egan just wants you to look at this picture:

Well not just. Read his column too.

2. Saint Louis Bishop Robert Hermann "thought you should know . . .Judgement Day is on its way," excerpt:

"If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble. . .

"The right of our children to be protected from destruction is greater than my right to a thriving economy. . .

"My parents got married about one year before the stock market crash of 1929, and yet they raised 15 children in the midst of the Great Depression. They had no money. My mother made her own wedding gown and her own bouquet of flowers. I have my parents’ wedding picture on the wall of my office, and I am reminded every day of the sacrifices they made for life."

The whole column is available at the Saint Louis Review.

3. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva says abortion is (my emphasis in bold):

"the most widespread – and the only legal – form of domestic violence. It is a cancer that erodes our respect for one another in many different ways. It is a hidden source of anger, depression and denial for those who cannot admit what they know in their heart of hearts, that it is the deliberate taking of the life of a real human girl or boy."

Read the whole column at Catholic Hawaii.

4. Wichita Bishop Michael Jackels says:

"Christians believe too that we are responsible to provide for and protect not only our own life, health and dignity, but others as well, in particular those unable to provide for or protect themselves. In fact, our responsibility for others is greatest when their ability is least.

The responsibility we have to provide for and protect others begins and is greatest at the moment of conception until birth. Our duty towards others lessens (but never entirely) as they grow into adulthood, and then increases again as they age or become sick. Of course, our responsibility remains great towards adults who are mentally or physically disabled, or unable to secure for themselves the basics of a dignified life.

As a consequence of our belief, whether or not a candidate gets our vote should depend on their positions on issues related to the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. A candidate can make attractive promises on the economy or the environment, but those should take second place to a candidate’s positions related to the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. A candidate who is indifferent to or worse yet antagonistic to these preeminent positions is not worthy of consideration."

Bishop Jackels' full pastoral is available at the Catholic Advance.

5. Please remember Bishop Finn asks us all to pray.