Archbishop John J. Myers led the Stations of the Cross for Life in Englewood. Participants walked in procession past a clinic that performs abortions while praying the rosary.
In our last post we discussed Archbishop Raymond Burke and a pontifical appointment he and Archbishop John Myers received. Today we will feature a few quotes from Archbishop Myers who was Bishop of Peoria, IL from 1987-2001 and has been Archbishop of Newark, NJ since 2001.
In June 1990 he wrote a Pastoral Statement on the Obligations of Catholics and the Rights of Unborn Children. Here are a few quotes:
“Public law wisely does not attempt to forbid every immoral act or require that citizens fulfill every one of their moral obligations. There are, however, certain evil acts which the law of any just society must forbid. One of the central purposes of public authority is to prevent injustices. Gravely unjust acts, especially acts of unjust killing, cannot be legally tolerated. Nor can public law permit the unjust killing of a whole class of human beings while protecting the lives of others.”
“Let there be no doubt that striving for legal abortion is radically inconsistent with the Catholic faith. Any citizen or public official who helps to make abortion more widely available, or any priest, religious, or theologian who teaches that it ought to be made available, commits a grave injustice against the most vulnerable members of the human family.”
“There is, and can be, no such thing as an authentic “pro-choice” Catholic.”
“As voters, Catholics are under an obligation to avoid implicating themselves in abortion.”
In May 2004 he wrote another pastoral statement called: A Time for Honesty. In this statement he discussed the issue of abortion and conscience. Here are a few quotes:
“…’respect’ for another’s conscience should never require abandoning one’s own properly formed conscience. Conscientious opposition to abortion, rooted in an understanding of the sanctity of human life, may not be sacrificed simply because others, whose consciences are gravely mistaken, would unjustly take the life of an unborn baby.”
“Human life is a gift from God and as Catholics we have a most grave obligation to defend all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. God help us if we fail in this most fundamental obligation.”
A FUTURE POST WILL INCLUDE QUOTES FROM ARCHBISHOP MYERS’ 2004 WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE titled “A Voter’s Guide“.
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