From the Washington Times
The nation’s Catholic bishops on Tuesday served notice to the future
Obama administration that they will oppose “a culture of coercion” on
abortion, even if they have to suffer doing so.
The five-paragraph statement, which was debated at length during an
afternoon session of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual
meeting, said the 223 bishops present were “completely united and
resolute in our teaching and defense of the unborn child from the
moment of conception.”
Several bishops said church leaders must be prepared to suffer for their beliefs.
“We have lost 50 times as many children in the last 35 years as we
have lost soldiers in all the wars since the Revolution,” said Bishop
Robert J. Hermann of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
“I think any bishop here would consider it a privilege to die
tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion,” he added. “If we are
willing to die tomorrow, then we should be willing to, until the end of
our lives, to take all kinds of criticism for opposing this horrible
The statement singled out the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) for
criticism, saying it would “reduce religious freedom, and the Church
must work against its passage.”