"Catholic teachings on the sacredness of both life and marriage were flaunted this week by events in Texas and Washington . . . As Catholic Christians we must redouble our efforts to counter this moral erosion of the Gospel values by word, witness and prayer." - Bishop Farrell, Flaunting the sacredness of life and marriage
A vote on a Texas bill that would have restricted abortion practices in the state descended into chaos in the early hours of Wednesday morning as lawmakers said the final vote was made after the deadline passed.
While Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said a 19-10 vote favoring passage of Senate Bill 5 was made, computer records show the vote came after midnight.
The proposed measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and would require all clinics to be graded as surgical centers, with all doctors required to have admitting privileges at hospitals.
The final vote on SB5 came after a 13-hour filibuster attempt by Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) ran afoul of a three-strikes rule, igniting a series of motions, appeals and parliamentary inquiries. With the midnight deadline approaching, though, it was the loud jeers and cheers from a vocal crowd of protesters inside the chamber that ultimately derailed a vote on SB5.
On Wednesday, Texas Catholic Conference, an association of the Roman Catholic dioceses in Texas, released a statement expressing “disappointment that disruptions in the Senate chamber thwarted” the senators from passing Senate Bill 5 before the midnight deadline. Continue
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Upcoming Pro-Life Events
Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan Event, tomorrow
Date: Saturday, June 29
A Diocesan Fortnight Event is being held tomorrow, June 29, beginning with the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass with a special “Fortnight homily” by Fr. Josef Vollmer-König, followed by a one-hour dinner program in the auditorium, featuring Tom Brandt of the St. Thomas More Society, and closing with the “Litany for Liberty”. The program is free; suggested dinner donation is $3/person. For more information and a listing of other parish events, go to: dallascatholicadvocacy.org
Quarterly Mass, Adoration & Rosary Procession for an End to Abortion in Dallas
Date: Saturday, July 20
Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. by Rev. Joseph A. Mehan, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus to the Planned Parenthood abortion center. We will return to St. Michael's for closing Benediction. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .
This powerful documentary tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. A Q & A will follow the film, featuring the President of Women's Rights without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn. Tickets are $10 andavailable here.Reserve your ticket by July 18; seating is limited.
*Please keep the campers, staff and volunteers attending Session 1 of Boot Camp this weekend in your prayers.*
Spiritual Bouquet for Bishop Mark Seitz
The CPLC is gathering a spiritual bouquet from the Dallas pro-life community for Bishop Mark Seitz as he begins his new ministry as the shepherd of the Diocese of El Paso on July 9. We invite you to send any spiritual offerings you would like to have included in this collective bouquet. A spiritual bouquet is simply a prayer or devotional that one person says for another, usually for a specific purpose. Prayers offered for the other may be Masses, Holy Communions, Rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplets, Holy Hours, fasting or abstinence, or other worthy acts of charity.
Please email your spiritual offering(s) for Bishop Mark to by noon on Wednesday, July 3. Thank you!
Bus to El Paso: A bus is being organized from the Diocese of Dallas for those who would like to attend the July 9 Mass of Installation for Bishop Seitz and reception following. The bus leaves Dallas Monday morning, July 8, arriving in time for evening vespers and returns on Wednesday, July 10. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Doug Breckenridge at . Space is limited.
Supreme Court Decisions On Marriage: 'Tragic Day For Marriage And Our Nation,' State U.S. Bishops USCCB.org
The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
The statement follows.
“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. Continue
The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at morning Mass Wednesday, in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. . . . "When a man does not have this desire, something is missing in this man. Something is wrong. All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate. Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life, giving life…" Continue
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