TX Catholic Voice: Cardinal Speaks Against Abortion Drug, Action Alerts, New Marriage Initiative

July 9, 2010

This week’s Voice includes a statement from Cardinal DiNardo regarding a new abortion drug, two action alerts, information on the US Bishops’ response to the oil spill, and information on a new web site created by the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage.

Bishops Urge Senate to Remove Abortion Amendment from Defense Bill

June 29, 2010

A Senate committee amendment that would authorize the performance of elective abortions at military hospitals in this country and around the world is “misguided” and should be removed from the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454), said the Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. In a June 29 letter, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged Senators to remove this amendment on the grounds that it breaks with longstanding federal and military policies on government promotion of abortion.

Cardinal DiNardo said it was disingenuous to suggest, as the amendment’s proponents have, that the amendment is “moderate” in requiring patients at military facilities to pay for their abortions. “Which is a more direct governmental involvement in abortion: That the government reimburses someone else for having done an abortion, or that the government performs the abortion itself and accepts payment for doing so?” the Cardinal wrote. He cited a 1989 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court saying that “the State need not commit any resources to facilitating abortions, even if it can turn a profit by doing so.”

Cardinal DiNardo also noted the longstanding nature of the current policy against providing abortions at military health facilities, which has been in place for 22 years with the exception of 1993-1995.

“During the brief period when these facilities were told to make abortions available, scarcely any military physician could be found in overseas facilities who was willing to perform abortions,” the Cardinal added.

Cardinal DiNardo also said that the current military policy is in keeping with federal policy in general, noting: “Other federal health facilities also may not be used for elective abortions, and many states have their own laws against use of public facilities for such abortions.”

Calling on the Senate not to approve the bill unless it maintains current law, as the bill approved by the House of Representatives already does, Cardinal DiNardo concluded that “this amendment presents Congress with the very straightforward question whether it is the task of our federal government to directly promote and facilitate elective abortions. During the recent health care reform debate, the President and congressional leadership assured us that they agree it is not.”

Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services had written an earlier letter to the Senate against the proposed policy change. Cardinal DiNardo endorsed his letter as well, noting that it urges Congress “not to impose this tremendous burden on the consciences of Catholic and other health care personnel who joined our armed services to save and protect innocent life, not to destroy it.”

Full text of the letter can be found online at: www.usccb.org/prolife/DiNardo-Ltr-Military-Abortions-6-29-2010.pdf

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TX Catholic Voice: May Capitol Comments, Tyler Priest named Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix, Young Institute Summer Conf.

May 23, 2010

This week’s Voice includes our May Capitol Comments on Labor Day (yes you read that correctly!). It also includes information on the Tyler Priest who has been named the first Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix, as well as information on the Young Institute’s Summer Conference, titled “Care for God’s Creation.”

TX Catholic Voice: Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Bishops on Immigration

May 23, 2010

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Read this week’s Voice for information on Cinco de Mayo and on two recent statements by US Bishops on Immigration Reform. Also in this week’s Voice is information on Pope Benedict’s recent comments regarding nuclear war and marriage.

TX Catholic Voice: 82nd Legislative Agenda Available, Watch Dallas Episcopal Ordination Online

May 23, 2010

This week’s Voice gives you information on legislative agenda for the 82nd session, as well as information on how to watch this week’s Episcopal Ordination in Dallas online. Also, more helpful links for the USCCB regarding Vocations and Catholic Social teaching are included.

Charity in Truth Conference, Action Alert on Humanitarian Funding and START Treaty, TexasCatholicTV.com

May 23, 2010

This week’s Voice gives you information on the upcoming Charity in Truth Conference, hosted by the TCC Charity and Justice Department. It also includes an Action Alert on Humanitarian Funding and START Treat. Finally, there’s information on two great resources, TexasCatholicTV.com, a web site developed by the Diocese of Dallas’ newspaper, as well as information on the updated ForYourMarriage.org web site.

New TX Catholic Voice: Archbishop Gomez named Coadjutor of Los Angeles, April Capitol Comments, Health Care Resources

May 23, 2010

TX Catholic Voice: Archbishop Gomez named Coadjutor of Los Angeles, April Capitol Comments, Health Care Resources

Archbishop Gomez named to be successor to Cardinal Mahony upon his retirement as Archbishop of Los Angeles

May 23, 2010

The people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest archdiocese in the United States, now know who will be the successor to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony upon his retirement. Archbishop José Gomez has been named the “coadjutor archbishop” of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope Benedict XVI, which carries with it the right of succession. As coadjutor archbishop, Archbishop Gomez will aid Cardinal Mahony in the governance of the diocese and would take his place if he is absent or impeded. The appointment was made public by the Vatican this morning at 5 a.m. San Antonio time.

TX Catholic Voice: Holy Week 2010, Health Care Resources, Hispanic Ministry Training

May 23, 2010

This week’s Voice includes resources from the Vatican web site on Holy Week, more information regarding Health Care Reform, and an opportunity for Hispanic Ministry training.

Texas Bishops Reiterate Support of USCCB in Opposing Senate Health Care Bill

May 23, 2010

We, the Catholic Bishops of Texas wish to reiterate our unified support of the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing the current Senate Health Care Reform Bill. In light of this, we find the remarks of Bishop Emeritus John McCarthy on this topic to be disappointing. Others may have personal views that differ from our position, but they cannot speak for the Catholic Church in Texas.As a community of faith the Catholic Church supports true health care reform. True health care reform ensures that health care is accessible and affordable for all, while maintaining current federal law regarding abortion funding and conscience protection. Unfortunately, the Senate version before the House at this time would change current federal law and provide tax dollars for elective abortions. This is a drastic shift from current law, which under the Hyde Amendment, bars federal funding for abortions or plans that include abortion. In addition, the Senate version does not include a conscience protection for physicians and hospitals who are morally opposed to performing abortions. The Senate version would also prohibit those among us who are undocumented from purchasing health insurance with their own money.

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