Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
Catholic Transcript Reader Survey
Catholic Transcript Reader Survey

For the elected leader of a nation – any nation – openly to applaud an organization like Planned Parenthood, whose links to abortion are much more than suspicious, is outrageous for many reasons.

That abortion is a thoroughly barbaric act is readily recognized by at least half this nation, in terms of Revelation as well as reason.

As such it has no legitimate place within civilized, ethically sophisticated peoples. Whether it is condoned by law or not is not the primary issue; from a moral perspective it cannot be justified, ever. Since it is nothing but the direct taking of an innocent human life, it contravenes the mandate written on the tablets of the human heart, and also explicitly expressed in the Decalogue, namely, the Fifth Commandment. Moreover, its evil aspects satanically intensify when it is converted into so-called “late-term abortion” – a reality in our rapidly dehumanizing world, and obviously nothing else but infanticide.

From a neutral political view, abortion constitutes an extreme position, hence a disgraceful venue for anyone whose citizenship is statistically divided on the issue – in some surveys, the majority of respondents opposed. Thus the reported speech before Planned Parenthood can only be interpreted as insulting to half the nation, to those who value human life from conception and who believe unreservedly, confirmed by reason and Revelation, that abortion is among the greatest threats to the welfare and future of our great land, whose Declaration of Independence cites the right to life prior to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America cannot thrive without safeguarding the lives of its most unprotected citizens, our revered unborn, whose rights are as sacred as ours.

One aspect of the talk given before members of Planned Parenthood was received as especially outrageous (beyond its totally wrong incursion into issues of morality). It was its silence about the recent trial of abortionists in Pennsylvania, where reports of abuses included charges of infanticide (i.e., “partial birth abortion”). Not to take a stand on this issue was a severe insult to anyone committed to the culture of life.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.