COALITION ASKS BISHOPS TO TAKE POLITICIANS TO TASK IN MARYLAND
ADDRESS ‘CATHOLIC’ PRO-ABORT LAWMAKERS; ENFORCE CANON LAW 915
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Promenade outside the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD, 21202
WHO: American Life League, Maryland Right to Life, Defend Life and the Catholic Media Coalition will gather in prayer for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).
WHAT: Prayer vigil and press conference to address the USCCB’s Fall Assembly and the Nov. 11 full-page ad in USA Today entreating the bishop’s to enforce Canon 915. The bishops will discuss the practical and pastoral implications of political support for abortion at the meeting.
WHY: Over 123 U.S. bishops spoke out against abortion in the 2008 presidential election, yet pro-abortion Catholic politicians continue to shape abortion policy while receiving Holy Communion in dioceses across the country. Are Catholics heeding the words of their bishops? How will the Catholic bishop’s enforce the Church’s teaching on abortion?
On Nov. 11, American Life League will run a full-page advertisement in USA Today imploring the bishops to stop allowing pro-abortion politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Joe Biden to politicize Catholicism’s most sacred Eucharist and to enforce Canon 915, which states:
“Those… obstinately persevering in grave and manifest sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.
Later that evening, a prayer vigil and press conference outside the USCCB’s conference at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel will herald an emerging and powerful lay outcry within the U.S. Catholic Church that demands accountability and leadership from the Catholic hierarchy with the belief that Catholics can end abortion in this country.