Friday, November 7, 2008

Protest at Annual USCCB Meeting

WASHINGTON, Nov 07, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pro-life Catholics from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania will "welcome" Catholic Bishops to Baltimore with two days of protests, decrying what is being termed the USCCB's silence and treachery concerning the unborn during the 2008 Presidential Election.

Some protesters will wear "Obama Masks" and hold signs saying: "Bishops: Thank you for your silence!" and "Bishops: I couldn't have been elected without You!" Other signs to be unveiled.
Randall Terry, Protest Organizer states: "A key factor in the election of Barack Obama was the silence of U.S. Catholic Bishops. They had a duty to clearly and courageously defend the lives of unborn children; most of them failed miserably. Their silence and cowardice over the last 12 months paved the way for Obama's victory, and will cost millions of innocent babies their lives."

"The USCCB's document, 'Faithful Citizenship,' is a disaster," observed the Operation Rescue founder. "It was used by every pro-abortion Catholic in the country to justify voting for Obama. The double tragedy is that the Bishops ignored John Paul II's directives in 'Evangelium Vitae' (the Gospel of Life), and chose their own failed document to vindicate their silence and inactivity."

"God have mercy on them. Let's hope they recognize the abject failure of 'Faithful Citizenship,' and formally abandon it, or radically rewrite it in a way that accurately reflects Church Teaching," concluded Terry.

Not only will pro-lifers will provide media with Church documentation, showing the betrayal their duty, but they will also be acknowledging and honoring the handful Bishops who made clear statements regarding Church teachings.

Marriott Water Front
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore Maryland, 21202

Dates and Times:
Sunday, November 9, 2008, 2-5 pm,
Monday, November 10, 2008, 12 Noon - 2:00 pm

Okay, it may seem out of character for me to promote something that may intially seem to be against the Church, but my perspective of this is that, in this matter, many of the Bishops let the Church and her people down.

People were really looking for direction this election. I have no idea how many people asked me if I knew where Catholic teachings placed the electorate, but there were quite a few. They wanted to know how doctrine should impact their vote. They wanted to be faithful to the Church!!!! Consciously, really and truly, wanted to vote in a morally relevant fashion -- yet didn't know how to go about so doing.

It wasn't just the people in my quiet country parish. This little blog had many visitors looking for Catholic and/or pro-life voting guides. They wanted to hear that the Church felt the evil of abortion supersedes other issues. They wanted to know that there is moral complicity in voting for a pro-choice candidate when the other one is very much more pro-life. They needed to know those things. Shamefully, they weren't told them.

Maybe if the Bishops are shown by the protest that the faithful recognize their need for direction, the Bishops will be less likely to shirk that responsibility.

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