Catholic bishops urge politicians to tackle ‘alarming rate’ of vandalism against churches and pregnancy centers
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Leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have urged American politicians to speak out against what they described as the “alarming rate” of vandalism against Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore issued a statement Monday noting that attacks and vandalism against Catholic churches have been on the rise for two years and they first called on elected officials to condemn such attacks in 2021.
Since the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthey observed that attacks have become almost daily and that the lives of judges have been threatened.
“Last January, we prayed that all religious communities would be free to pray without fear. The motives were only rarely clear; when they were, it was often opposition to the teachings of the Church. on life in the womb,” the clerics wrote.
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Dolan, who is chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Religious Liberty, and Lori, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, explained that since the court notice was leaked, “organizations Charities that support pregnant women in need have been set on fire, and Pro-life organizations have been attacked almost daily and terrorized, and even the lives of Supreme Court justices have been directly threatened.”
“In light of this, we urge our elected officials to take a strong stand against this violence, and our law enforcement to be extra vigilant to protect those who are in heightened danger. We thank those who have already done so, and we encourage them to continue,” they added.
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Dolan and Lori also praised the Catholic Church’s “long history of service to the most vulnerable, including mother and child,” and said it “remains the largest provider of social services to United States”.
“The Church constantly bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life,” they said. “Above all, each of us must choose the path of peace and open our hearts to the love that God has for his children. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, touch our hearts and make them like yours.”
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Six weeks ago, Politico released a leaked draft opinion saying a majority of Supreme Court justices favor overturning the 1973 ruling. Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. A final decision is expected later in June.