Catholics and the Public Square

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'America This Week,' January 28, 2015

John Carr, America's Washington Front columnist and director of The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, examines partisan gridlock in Washington, the State of the Union address and the annual March for Life. 

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Jim Lein
3 years ago

I read Cardinal O'Malley's March for Life homily and it did not reiterate a comment made at last years March for Life Mass. Or if it did, I missed it. He said, as I recall, "If we are to help these babies we have to help these mothers." In other words, start with the mothers. Don't separate them from their wombs in our thinking and our concern. Don't pit them against their wombs. If we stress this focus, ALL Catholics can join in this work. We won't be pitting one group against another. We won't have to argue amongst each other.

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Like St. Paul said we are all members of the Mystical Body, and we need all parts, not just eye or ears or mouths, etc. Let's stop the bickering. Let's work together at helping more and more women feel able to choose bringing new life into the world. Forcing them by law may be important for some Catholics, but the main Christian work is following the Gospel and enabling all women to give birth.

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