August 16-17, 2000
volume 11, no. 142

NEWS for Wednesday-Thursday, August 16-17, 2000
LA Archbishop surprises all by standing strong for the Unborn


    Pro-life leaders in the United States expressed misgivings about the decision by Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles to deliver the invocation opening the Democratic Party convention in that city August 14. But their fears were soothed when the Cardinal spoke out strongly for Pro-Life.

    Judie Brown, the president of the American Life League, said that the cardinal's participation in the convention "sent shock waves down my spine." She pointed out that the Democratic Party has consistently favored legal abortion. "Therefore one can honestly describe the party as the party of abortion," she argued.

    Brown urged Cardinal Mahony to cancel his appearance at the convention, noting that the late Cardinals Joseph Bernardin and John O'Connor had not appeared at the Democratic conventions in their respective cities, Chicago and New York, in 1988, 1992, and 1996.

    A spokesman for the Los Angeles archdiocese said that the cardinal's invocation would steer clear of any mention of abortion, as well as the issue of capital punishment.

    But the spokesman couldn't have been more wrong for the Hollywood-born prelate boldly pronounced in his opening invocation prayer, "protect all human life." Going against the grain at a convention where the majority favor the culture of death, the Archbishop didn't shy away from any mention of abortion, but rather tweaked the consciences of Democrates when he asked God to "keep us ever committed to protect the life and well-being of all people, but especially unborn children, the sick and the elderly, those on skid row and those on death row." His strong stance for the Sanctity of Life was a solid statement on behalf of the Church that morals and the right to life are above politics.

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