Card George to Obama: If the goal is to reduce abortions, that will not be achieved by involving the government in expanding and promoting abortion
Acting in his capacity as the head of the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, Cardinal George (Archbishop of Chicago) wrote President Obama a letter asking him to, in effect, go easy on the abortion-promoting initiatives that he has been promising.

Cardinal George(right) pictured with Pope Benedict XVI

Read the full letter and accompanying press release here.

The letter is well written and thoughtful and represents the thinking of the US Bishops. As such it is a good starting point for constantly reminding the new President that there is a large percentage of the population who do not approve of the measures he has been referring to and that his efforts at "bringing people together" would be significantly hampered were he to inflict upon America an abortion regime the likes of which has never been seen before.

Far from bringing people together, this would divide the country in an even more aggravated way than has been seen in the past. A new era is definitely upon us.

It's important that the Catholic Church in general become more involved in fixing our political system. In an age where principle is sacrificed for personal gain and corruption is celebrated and its practitioners promoted, it makes sense to organize people who are honest and morally ethical to challenge the prevailing system in order to advance the common good. Not because we are interested in one party over the other, but because we are interested in humanity, first and foremost.

Two things in particular need to happen here. 1) We need to make sure that the men and women who run for office are morally free from any taint or corruption. They must be honest, and live their lives with integrity and truly have a servant's heart. We must find these people and ask them to serve.

2) We must make sure that those who are in office actually advance the common good via the bills that the various legislatures around the country propose. Pressure must be brought to bear on these politicians to make sure they know that the people in their districts are watching and paying attention to every vote. And they will make their voices heard.

In the past few months, we have been receiving many inquiries from people indiciating their desire to do something about the tragedy of abortion in our land. They have told me that they are unhappy with the current efforts at ending abortion and want to be involved in an effort that makes this goal occur.

They are also overwhelmed by the corruption and scandal that daily lines the headlines of our newspapers and see the need to change it.

You CAN make a difference with CAT

In order to facilitate that growth and to make sure that the Catholic Church in Dallas has a powerful impact on public policy and the legislative process, we have started the Catholic Action Team (CAT), which will mobilize and educate Citizen Volunteers to be in touch with their elected officials, to visit with them and to pay attention to what they are doing. This personal touch, accompanied by the desire to restore integrity to our political system, represents our best chance of advancing the common good in a way that is consistent with what the Church teaches.

(Pro-life Texas State Senator Dan Patrick at Jan. 17's Roe Rally)

Our first CAT team training will take place on Saturday, January 31st at Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This training is free and it is for people of all ages. You do not have to be an expert in politics or the political system to attend.

For more information, visit us online at www.prolifedallas.org/CAT. Sign up for the training online as well.

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Birth control pill inventor laments demographic ‘catastrophe’; gets ignored by U.S. mainstream media
Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Brazil all picked this story up when it broke last week. CNN.com, Foxnews.com and all other mainstream media sites have yet to pick this story up.

Carl Djerassi, an Austrian chemist, was one of three researchers who made the creation of the birth control pill possible decades ago. He now says he did not foresee the destruction that would come of his work, calling it a ‘catastrophe.’

Read the full story

Djerassi won the highest U.S. chemist honor in 1995 from Stanford University. Surely if an award-winning chemist has something to say about a breakthrough he developed, people would pay attention. Apparently not.

Someone else who was ignored

Norma McCorvey - aka “Jane Roe” from Roe vs. Wade - said that she had been the "pawn" of two young and ambitious lawyers (Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee) who were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could challenge the Texas state law prohibiting abortion in 1973. McCorvey originally claimed that her pregnancy was the result of rape and later said that she had not told the truth. She did not actually abort her baby. She gave her up for adoption.

In 1995, McCorvey was baptized and became an advocate of the pro-life movement. On August 17, 1998 she was received into the Catholic Church by Fr. Frank Pavone, the international director of Priests for Life, and Fr. Edward Robinson in Dallas.

In 2005, in McCorvey v. Hill, she petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision, arguing that the case should be heard again in light of evidence that the procedure harms women, but that petition was denied.

If mainstream media and the rest of the culture of death won’t listen to the people who started us on this path, who will they listen to?

Your thoughts?

(Roe source: Wikipedia.com)
Thousands Marched for Life Saturday as Bishop Farrell Says He Wants To 'Double the Crowd' Next Year
Saturday’s "March for Life" was an amazing success! Between 3,000-5,000 people (depending which news agency you ask) took to the streets of downtown Dallas to show their support for the protection of human life in the womb. We partnered with our brothers and sisters from the First Baptist Church of Dallas and Christ for the Nations for this record-breaking event.

Thanks to everyone for coming out on what turned out to be a beautiful day, especially all the youth groups, religious and families! We’ll have more photos and video from the event later this week. For now, check out coverage from The Dallas Morning News, CBS Channel 11 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas’ major daily newspaper)

CBS 11

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth’s major daily newspaper)
Thank God for Small Victories
Here in the Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Kevin Farrell has ordered 350,000 “Stop FOCA” cards to be placed in the pews during Mass later this month as part of a national campaign to tell President-elect Obama that the people of this country do not want the Freedom of Choice Act to pass. This is so far, the largest order of “Stop FOCA” cards of any diocese in the country. We’re so blessed to have the support of our Bishop, but this kind of civic action outreach can’t happen without the support of parish priests as well.

Aurora Tinajero, Spanish Ministry director for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, sent us an email last week gushing about how much she appreciated the efforts of her parish priest to take the time to mention events like the Roe memorial at every Mass.

“After the parish announcements, Father Manuel, with flyer in hand, gave a wonderful and inspiring appeal to the parishioners about the Roe Memorial on January 17th. The parishioners received a copy of the flyer in the bulletin. One of the things that he told them was that ‘....As a Catholic, if you are not participating in the culture of life, you are participating in the culture of death.’ Also, ‘As Catholics we do not have an option, we have to defend life.’ He quoted Pope John Paul II on the Gospel of Life and told the parishioners the numbers of deaths that have occurred since Roe v. Wade was passed, and how many were happening on a daily basis throughout the U.S. He invited all parishioners to come to the events on January 17th and that he would try to join us at the Rosary at the abortion clinic.

“I am very blessed at my parish to have not only a Pastor but a deacon who is courageous and strongly committed to bring the message of the Gospel of Life to the parishioners. God has truly blessed Immaculate Conception with these two great men.”

Our pastors are usually very busy servants. If you don’t have much pro-life activity at your parish, contact your Parish Coordinator or the Catholic Pro-Life Committee to see how you can get your parish more involved.

Tell us about what your pastor is doing to promote life in your parish by using our “comment” link below!

While we never like to see any families go without, it was encouraging to see Planned Parenthood cut back on “services” (i.e. abortions, killing unborn babies) due to fall out from the Madoff financial scandal.

“Planned Parenthood Cuts Staff After Madoff Scandal Causes Funding Loss”
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We want to know about the small victories happening in your area. Tell us in the "comments" section.
Welcome Marisa to the CPLC Staff
I hope you had a joyful New Year. I’m Marisa Alvarado and this is the end of my first week working for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee. A little about me: I graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2005 with a degree in journalism, and I’m originally from San Marcos, Texas.

Fighting for the rights of the unborn and their mothers was not a top concern of mine until I was invited to pray the rosary in front of an abortion clinic in Dallas last year. That morning, as the first mother walked into the clinic, the gravity of the reality of abortion hit me. Tears started rolling down my face because I knew I was watching this young woman make the mistake of her life. Years later, she would look back to this morning with pain in heart and remember when she killed her own child. And, unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one to climb those steps that day.

After that, I listened more carefully to what Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II said about protecting the rights of the unborn, and I decided that if it was a priority to them, as a practicing Catholic, it needs to be a priority to me, too. I recently left a very good communications job in the secular world to work here at the Catholic Pro-Life Committee in Dallas. My family was not so understanding of this at first because making this kind of move during a recession is not what the world would consider “a good move.” At my previous job, I knew I was making a difference for my organization and the people who worked there, but I kept thinking about what I would say to God when we are finally face to face and he asks me what I did to protect his most vulnerable children during this time of intense attack. I want to be able to tell him that I did what I could with the gifts and talents he gave me. So, here I am. I thought I was making major sacrifices to take this position. What I’ve learned is that everyone here at the CPLC is making sacrifices so that you can benefit from having us a resource, a partner, a place to come to get answers, information, crisis help and healing.

I’m so blessed to be a part of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and look forward to hearing your comments and questions as I become a regular blogger.

Peace in Christ,