Friday, February 02, 2007

Petition asks bishops to hold politicians accountable

American Life League has launched a public petition campaign asking the U.S. Catholic bishops to uphold the Church's stance on the sanctity of human life by enforcing Canon Law 915. "The Church's teachings on the incompatibility of supporting abortion and receiving Holy Communion are clear and concise," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "Denial of Communion is not a sanction or a punishment; it is in fact a form of pastoral correction designed to show that an individual is out of communion with the Body of Christ."

Today's petition is just the latest step in encouraging Church officials to defend Canon Law 915, which states that those who "obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to communion." The petition is available online at www.CatholicCrusade.com.

"There is absolutely no reason for Catholics to be divided on this issue," said Mrs. Brown. "The Church's teachings are clear. Abortion is murder and anyone who supports it should not scandalize the Body and Blood of Christ by receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church."

Since the Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church's launch in January 2003, it has conducted numerous ad campaigns, organized protests, and activated Catholics across the country. The program is designed to encourage Catholic bishops to act on this grave matter. Signed copies of the most recent petition will be presented to the bishops at their semi-annual meeting in June.

"Catholics in the public eye have a tremendous opportunity to defend the sanctity of each and every human being's life," said Mrs. Brown. "It's our hope that, with the guidance of the bishops, these Catholics will understand this truth and use their positions to protect innocent preborn babies."

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Schiavo Family Will Join March for Life

The brother and sister of Terri Schindler-Schiavo plan to participate in the annual March for Life in support of medically vulnerable people who cannot speak for themselves.

Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, said Terri’s court-ordered death by dehydration and starvation nearly 22 months ago highlighted the need to bring attention to the need to protect all stages of life.

"It’s not just about abortion, anymore," Bobby Schindler said. "The culture of death in our nation is threatening the lives of people like my sister through euthanasia.

"It is happening quietly every day in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices," he added. "People need to be aware that this could touch a member of their family at any time."

Suzanne Schindler-Vitadamo, Terri’s sister, said the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation works to assist medically vulnerable patients and families that face situations similar to Terri.

"We deal with cases all the time where families are desperately seeking someone -- anyone -- who can help them deal with medical professionals and facilities that are refusing to provide life-sustaining treatment for their loved ones," Suzanne Schindler-Vitadamo said. "It is absolutely frightening how often this is happening. Families need somewhere to turn."

The Schindlers will be at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, and spend the weekend prior to the March speaking out in defense of life at various events.

http://www.citizenlink.org:80/CLBriefs/A000003634.cfm

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Second Annual Conference of Pro-Life Bloggers

Blogs4Life will convene their Second Annual Conference of Pro-Life Bloggers on January 22, 2007 in Wshington, DC. Located just a few blocks from the March for Life, they are being hosted the Family Research Council. They site as speakers, the following well-known and influential pro-life leaders:

Bobby Schindler (Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation)
Jill Stanek (noted pro-life leader/blogger and WorldNetDaily Columnist)
Joe Scheidler (Founder, Pro-Life Action League)
Ramesh Ponnuru (author of the Party of Death, National Review Online Editor)

In addition, Senator Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican is scheduled to personally address the conference.

Please register at the www.blogs4life.com if you are able to attend. If you are unable to attend, but wish to help, they would appreciate your help in promoting the event via a post or a link.

May God bless these good people in their defense of the Culture of Life!