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Viewpoint: Deny Dover’s death-dealing bills

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Spring, nature’s season of rebirth and growth, has taken on a deadly aspect in Dover’s Legislative Hall with the introduction of three bills this session that focus on ending lives in Delaware.

One bill, Senate Bill 5, would officially make the Federal legalization of abortion part of the Delaware code of laws. The move might seem redundant, but the bill is intended to create back-up law for the First State to invoke, should the Supreme Court ever reverse its 44 years of rulings regarding Roe v. Wade.

Bishop Malooly, in a statement on SB5, has reiterated in his opposition to the measure. He stated on May 1 that the right to life is the first and most fundamental human right, that abortion denies God’s gift of life and dignity to the most vulnerable, and that “the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and every condition. This applies to the unborn as well as the sick, the elderly and those on death row.” Read more »

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From the bishop: ‘We cannot avoid the truth’

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The following is the full text of Bishop Malooly’s response to the April 11, 2017, Delaware Voice op-ed in the News Journal:

April 12, 2017

0413.Bishop.QuoteIt was disheartening to read the recently published Delaware Voice op-ed, endorsed by several clergy, which offered the argument that pro-life should mean pro-choice. Whenever the value of the life of the unborn child is denied, logic, reason, and science are rejected in favor of ideology. The letter’s assertion that the termination of a pregnancy is a moment of grace elevates that ideology to the point of being incomprehensible. It is to these extremes that one must go to in order to defend Planned Parenthood, American’s number one abortionist.

Those who defend the right to life of the unborn are not interested in anger and judgment. We strive to live by mercy, but at the same time, we cannot avoid the truth. We look at the reality and see a genetically distinct, living human person in the mother’s womb. We are profoundly concerned for both mother and child and reject any notion that the good of one can be set against the good of the other. We live out this concern every day in our parishes, through Catholic Charities, and the collective efforts of the Catholic Church worldwide.

The pro-abortion position simply refuses to acknowledge the visible, tangible reality of unborn life; but we who believe in the Creator of heaven and earth are required to act on the basis of the truths that present themselves to us.

For decades, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have been advocating for health care access for all. We believe that stopping the beating heart of an unborn son or daughter of God is not health care.

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington

 

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Diocesan groups sponsoring trips to the 2017 March for Life

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Buses are leaving from parishes around the diocese for the annual March for Life, which will take place Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. These were taken from parish bulletins.

• The Church of the Holy Child in Brandywine Hundred in Wilmington is sponsoring a bus. The cost is $30. The bus will depart by 7:15 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Contact Nancy Frick at (302) 529-5738 or nancyfrick93@verizon.net. Read more »

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Vatican Letter: Pope prepares encyclical on ecology as a pro-life, pro-poor issue

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment. Read more »

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40 Days for Life vigils begin Sept. 24 in Wilmington, Dover

September 19th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Bishop Malooly will celebrate Mass Sept. 24, 8 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington to mark the beginning of 40 Days for Life, a nondenominational pro-life effort marked by prayer vigils outside abortion clinics.

In the Diocese of Wilmington, the 40-day vigil, Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, will take placed at Planned Parenthood on Shipley Street.

A 40 Days for Life campaign in Dover will be conducted on the same days at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Governors Avenue. Read more »

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In it for the long march: Pro-life activists ready for another March for Life in D.C. on Jan. 22

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Pro-life activists from throughout the Diocese of Wilmington are making plans to converge on Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 for the 41st annual March for Life to protest the continuing availability of legal abortion in the United States.

In the Diocese of Wilmington, abortion is still legal and available in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but the director of the diocesan Respect Life Office is optimistic as Roe v. Wade drifts one more year into history.

“I think there continues to be considerable positive energy throughout the pro-life movement. Even though there aren’t many advances on the legal front, we look at the polls and they seem to be climbing on the pro-life front,” Father Leonard Klein said. Read more »

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Let’s be persuasive and civil after a presidential poke in the eye

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Call it curious, ironic or just plain strange. New York Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published a Jan. 25 op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal to express his frustration over President Barack Obama’s ruling that most health insurance plans will have to cover contraception and other measures that are forbidden by official church teaching.

This points to a communication gap between Catholic leadership and the White House that has not always been there.

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Komen reverses decision, reinstates grants to Planned Parenthood

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DALLAS (CNS) — The Feb. 3 decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to reinstate grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast cancer screenings was the result of a “vicious attack” on the organization, said a pro-life leader.

Pro-life leaders hailed Komen’s announcement Jan. 31 that it would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood, but it sparked a maelstrom of negative reaction and an online petition asking the group to reverse its decision.

(The Feb. 3 reversal by the Komen foundation was announced after the print edition of The Dialog had gone to press.) Read more »

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Catholic doctors wonder how federal mandate will affect their practice

February 2nd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Whether they are just starting out or nearing the end of their careers, Catholics who want to practice medicine in conformity with the church’s teachings wonder how a new federal regulation requiring health plans to cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge will affect their work.

Although the requirement will not directly impact physicians, some said it represents a governmental intrusion into health care that could grow in the future. Read more »

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The biggest lie in our culture

January 26th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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The following is the homily by Father Leonard R. Klein, diocesan director of Pro-Life Activities, at the Jan. 23 Pro-Life Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington.

Gospel: Mark 3:22-30

 

The sin against the Holy Spirit has been the source of a great deal of reflection through the generations and the millennia of the church. It’s usually understood to be a kind of presumption and also a kind of stubborn resistance to the word of God and to his intervention in our lives. Read more »

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