DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 27, 1999     vol. 10, no. 183

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GERMAN BISHOPS REQUEST NEW SYSTEM TO ADVISE ON ABORTION

Decide to Continue With Consultation Centers for Pregnant Women

        FULDA, SEP 24 (ZENIT).- The Catholic Church in Germany stated that for the time being, it wishes to continue with its own consultation centers in the public system on decriminalized abortion in the country. This statement was published today by the Episcopal Conference at the conclusion of its meeting in Fulda.

        "The German Bishops will try to do everything possible so that in the future there will be the guarantee of support and help for pregnant women, especially for those experiencing special needs and difficulties." "For this reason, the Catholic consultation (centers) will continue in everything ... with their activity," the statement reads.

        The document explains, however, that "a certain number of Bishops have expressed they are in favor of the introduction of a new system that will not include the granting of certificates of consultation that allow for the implementation of abortions."

        In a letter sent to the German Bishops at the beginning of this week, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, said that "the certificate will have to serve strictly and exclusively to document the line of the ecclesial consultation centers at the service of life, and to guarantee the attribution of promised aid." In no case, can it serve as an instrument to access abortion. ZE99092409


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September 27, 1999       volume 10, no. 183
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