“The Church teaches that all Catholics should participate as 'faithful citizens' in the public square, especially through our voice in the voting booth, and that we have the responsibility to treat the decision for whom we will vote for with profound moral seriousness.” – Bishops Kevin Farrell and Kevin Vann
On May 29, we as Texas Catholics are called to participate as faithful citizens in the primary election. (Cast your vote early through tomorrow, May 25th.)
For resources in preparation for voting, visit the Faithful Citizenship website sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: faithfulcitizenship.org. Please also read and share the Joint Statement by Bishops Farrell and Vann, summarizing the teaching found in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, including the distinction between issues of prudential judgment and intrinsic evils:
“... Not all issues have the same moral equivalence. Some issues involve ‘intrinsic evils’; that is, they can never under any circumstance or condition be morally justified. Preeminent among these intrinsic evils are legalized abortion, the promotion of same sex unions and ‘marriages’, repression of religious liberty, as well as public policies permitting euthanasia, racial discrimination or destructive human embryonic stem cell research.” Read entire statement.
Please join us in prayerful discernment and informed participation in our political process "to promote and protect human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace in service to the common good." (FC Introduction 2011)
On May 21, 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas made a stand for religious liberty by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Dallas, challenging a regulation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that violates the religious freedoms of faith-based entities in the United States. The federal regulation requires some religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services that violate the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church and the diocese.
Besides the Diocese of Dallas, 42 Catholic entities in eleven other federal jurisdictions around the country, including the Diocese of Fort Worth, simultaneously filed similar federal lawsuits. Continue reading
On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4. Continue reading
The Diocese of Dallas is joining dioceses across the country in events to highlight the importance of defending our religious freedom. On Saturday, June 30, all are invited to the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Monsignor Robert Coerver, V.F. at St. Rita Catholic Church, followed by an educational program in Sweeney Hall on religious liberty in current events, presented by Frank Valenzuela of the St. Thomas More Society, The Catholic Lawyers' Guild. The program will close with a brief prayer service for the preservation of our religious liberty. More details to come regarding this and other events throughout the diocese.
Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally Returns to Dallas
On June 8, Dallas will once again be among cites nationwide hosting a Stand Up For Relgious Freedom Rally from noon to 1 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, coordinated in part by the Texas Pro-Life Action Team. (More info) Please note: To the extent this event involves presentations which may be construed to endorse or oppose any political party or candidate, these are not the views of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, a non-partisan organization which neither endorses nor opposes any candidate or party.
Upcoming Pro-Life Events
Cancellation Notice: The Divine Mercy Chaplet for Those Facing Execution scheduled for this Sunday, May 27 has been canceled. This event will continue on the last Sunday of the month on June 24.
"The Pill Kills" Public Witness
Date: Saturday, June 2
Join in the public witness outside Planned Parenthood to demonstrate the dangers of “the pill” and other contraceptive products. This is a very important and timely message for the general public, many of whom do not know the physical and moral dangers of the birth control pill and may be led astray by the current campaign to mandate insurance coverage for contraception. Green “Pill Kills” signs will be furnished (if you have one, please bring it). For more info, please contact Sponsored by STOPP-Dallas.
LIFE Today invites you to be in the studio audience for the appearance of Shari Rigby on the LIFE Today show with James and Betty Robison. Shari explains how her role in October Baby helped her come to grips with her own history with abortion. To reserve your free tickets, email or call 817-354-3655.
In the action epic For Greater Glory – starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole and Eduardo Verástegui – an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country. The film's adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War, the daring people's revolt that rocked 20th Century North America. It has been hailed as a must see film! To find out more, visit:ForGreaterGlory.com.
Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camp – Register Now and Save Money!
Should We Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before?
Session 1: June 29 - July 1 or Session 2: July 27 - 31 University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
Youth For LifePro-Life Boot Camp is one of the best opportunities for young people (high school, ages 14-17) to become involved in the work of the pro-life movement. The CPLC, together with Catholics Respect Life in Fort Worth, is offering two Boot Camp sessions of total pro-life immersion: Session 1 is a weekend version, June 29 - July 1, and Session 2 is 5 days, July 27 - 31.
Activities include praying at abortion centers, talks from experts, skits, testimonials, Mass and the Sacraments, and volunteer projects. Both sessions will feature Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Early registration deadline for both camps is June 11; after this date the price goes up. Youth must register online here.
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For more information, call the CPLC at 972-267-LIFE (5433), or visit our web site: www.prolifedallas.org.
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