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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fidelis Challenges Granholm's Pro-Abortion Position. Archdiocese of Detroit is Silent.

Fidelis issued the following press release yesterday, which challenges Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's position in favor of abortion:

LANSING -- In the wake of a new television commercial by Governor Jennifer Granholm boasting of her commitment to protecting abortion on demand, along with her headline appearance yesterday at a pro-abortion rally at Michigan State University, Fidelis of Michigan, a Catholic based advocacy group decried her betrayal of Catholics on the abortion issue.

Fidelis of Michigan President Joseph Cella stated: "In May of 1999, as Attorney General, Jennifer Granholm proudly proclaimed in a letter to the 3,000 Michigan Knights of Columbus gathered on Mackinac Island that she unequivocally supported life 'from the moment of conception to the natural end of life.' Once again, Governor Granholm has bitterly betrayed them by stating that abortion is 'a deeply personal and private decision that should be made by a woman and her doctor and not by politicians.'"

The Knights of Columbus is the nation's largest lay Catholic organization with 70,150 members in Michigan.

"We call on Governor Granholm to release her 1999 letter read to the Knights of Columbus so that Michigan Knights and other Catholics across the state can see for themselves how she cannot be trusted to defend human life," Cella stated.

Following Granholm's participation in the rally at MSU, Cella said she should be serving as an example for Catholic students rather than teaching them to thumb their noses at one of the core social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Cella also cited several other occasions that Granholm has betrayed Catholics on the abortion issue including, helping raise funds for the pro-abortion group EMILY's List, vetoing the partial birth abortion ban and appointing the head of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, the state's largest abortion provider to serve as Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Commission.

In the document Catholics in Political Life, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that Catholic leaders must: "teach clearly on our unequivocal commitment to the legal protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural death."

Cella added: "The fact that Governor Granholm is recklessly and selfishly peddling her abortion on demand agenda without any concern whatsoever for the teachings of the Catholic Church is disgraceful."


My Comments: The Archdiocese of Detroit's website is silent on the issue. On the other hand, the Archdiocese of Detroit's website does include, under its "Voter Education Materials," a link entitled "The Gospel and Global Warming." Sadly, I'm not making this up.

For more on the Archdiocese of Detroit's silence and obstruction on pro-life issues, see this post from yesterday.