El 22 de enero de 1973 es un día solemne que pasará a la historia de nuestro país como un día de “infamia”. Hoy, el 24 de junio, en la Solemnidad del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, esa infamia ha sido significativamente corregida.
January 22, 1973, is one of the solemn dates in our nation’s history that will “live in infamy.” Today, June 24, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that infamy has been significantly rectified.
“This is an historic day in the pro-life movement. The overturning of Roe v. Wade is a defining moment in our lifetime that fixes a legal and moral mistake, which led to decades of emotional distress, tremendous guilt, physical harm and infertility for women, and the unnecessary and cruel deaths of more than 63 million unborn babies who were denied their God-given potential because of poverty, fear or convenience. Women and children deserve better. Mothers who face unexpected or crisis pregnancies need support – financial, spiritual and emotional. May they see the face of God in their children and embrace the joy, beauty and difficulties of motherhood. We must come together to pray for the grace to deepen our appreciation for the sanctity and value of all human life from conception until natural death.” Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley Archbishop of Oklahoma City
As a victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donna Eurich said believes one of the best results of her position — which springs from the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” — is to help victims both find healing and not lose their faith.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying “superficial” marriage preparation programs leave many couples at risk of having invalid marriages or unprepared to cope with the struggles that arise in every marriage, Pope Francis endorsed suggestions for a yearlong “marriage catechumenate” drafted by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee June 14 praised a bipartisan Senate proposal “to help prevent senseless violence” that includes “reasonable gun safety measures.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Jesus spoke these words to his disciples (Jn 14:27) at the Last Supper, when he himself had every reason to be afraid of what was to come over the next 24 hours.
“A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person” (Patris corde).
June 11 marked a special day for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton. It commemorated the 120th anniversary of the church, and the church celebrated it with an afternoon of family fun and activities.
After the founding of the township of Kingfisher in 1889, Father Felix De Grasse of Sacred Heart Abbey in Konawa and pastor of Guthrie, came to celebrate Mass in the homes of the people of the community.
“No matter the decision of the court on Oklahoma’s protocol, the use of the death penalty only contributes to the continued coarsening of society and to the spiral of violence. Taking another life does not ultimately bring closure and peace to those who have lost a loved one, and it goes against the principle of valuing life. Justice is necessary, but it is not enough. Mercy perfects justice and brings healing. I urge state leaders to end the death penalty in Oklahoma.”
“The unspeakable acts of violence chosen by those on death row have left lifelong scars for families and loved ones and we must hold these criminals accountable. But killing 25 human beings as punishment for killing – even if guilty – only perpetuates the cycle of violence and offers none of the mercy and opportunity for redemption Jesus asks of us. We also can’t undo it if we’re wrong. The burdens of trauma and violence weigh heavy in our country these days, and I ask Attorney General O’Connor, Gov. Stitt and Oklahoma leaders to take this opportunity to reject a culture of death and build up a culture of life.”
“I commend Bishop Konderla, the priests of the Diocese of Tulsa and the Sisters of Mercy for their swift response to attend to the pastoral needs of those involved in this latest act of mass gun violence. I ask Catholics and all people of faith to pray for the men and women killed today and for their families who now must grieve tremendous loss. We need to speak louder in defense of all human life from conception until natural end, and find ways to stop the mass killing of innocent human beings.”
WASHINGTON – As Congress considers additional investments to protect the environment this year, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has written a letter outlining the conference’s principles and priorities.
WASHINGTON – In response to ongoing attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement: