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Editorial: Forcing taxpayers to fund abortion is extreme and wrong

Our Catholic faith rightly demands that we protect innocent human life and therefore that we oppose abortion and oppose laws permitting abortion. This is a straightforward matter of justice in service to the common good.

In our complex form of government, as our nearly 50 year battle to undo the damage caused by Roe v. Wade shows, doing this is no easy task when some of our fellow citizens disagree with us vehemently and when many more of them are conflicted and ambivalent. That’s why Catholic teaching, for instance Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the Gospel of Life, make it clear that we can pursue this goal of protecting the unborn incrementally, step by step.

But one thing on which polls show broad, bipartisan agreement is that abortion should not be funded by taxpayers. Some polls show more than three in four Americans holding this view, a remarkable number in our divided nation, one that means even many of those who favor some forms of legal abortion oppose public funding of it.

Forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortions is extreme, and not only in the sense of being unpopular. It’s also extreme in that it makes all Americans, including the millions who find abortion abhorrent, participants in actual abortions. It is therefore an attack on conscience rights, as well.

Our state of Minnesota, tragically, already has taken this extreme and wrong step of taxpayer funded abortion, and we should continue to work to change that. We should also make clear to all of our elected representatives that we firmly stand with a majority of our fellow Americans in demanding that our federal government never makes the same mistake.

US Cardinal advocates for rights of undocumented migrants

Speaking at an immigration reformation rally in the United States, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washing DC speaks of the rights of immigrants to peace and inclusion, and calls on Law-makers to pass immigration reform legislation.

Norway “united in grief” on 10th anniversary of Utøya attack

Norwegian Bishop Erik Varden speaks of the "grief and perplexity" of Norwegians on the tenth anniversary of the extremist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utøya, which left 77 people dead and scores more wounded.

Talitha Kum: Break the cycle of trafficking with “Care”

Talitha Kum, the global anti-trafficking network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, launches a new campaign focused on a care-centered model to break the cycle of human trafficking.

Myanmar Church touched by solidarity of Philippine Catholics

The Philippine bishops dedicated July 19 as a “Day of Solidarity with Myanmar”. On that day, they asked churches across the nation to toll their bells at noon and at 6:00 pm, and recite a prayer they composed especially for the suffering country.

Church in Canada celebrates grandparents and the elderly

The Standing Committee for Family and Life of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference highlights the special place of the elderly in Church and society. The message comes in a video for Sunday's Inaugural celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Cardinal Grech: The Church is synodal because it is a communion

Interview with the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops: “Synodality is the form that realizes the participation of all the people of God in mission.”

Afghanistan: Rocket attack in Kabul targets Presidential Palace

Several rockets were fired at Afghanistan's Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday, but failed to hit the target.

Tokyo Archdiocese cancels pastoral programme for athletes due to pandemic

Ahead of the opening ceremony for the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday the Tokyo Archdiocese has cancelled its pastoral programme for athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

US bishops express solidarity with Cuban Church and people

Following some of the biggest anti-government protests Cuba has seen in decades, US bishops have expressed support for the people and for the bishops of the Caribbean nation who have called for a favorable solution through mutual listening.