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the full-court press

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 02, 2009

So what happened in your church this past weekend? Was there an insert in the parish bulletin from the US bishops' conference, urging you to call your Congressman and encourage opposition to abortion funding in the health-care reform bill? Did the priest mention the matter? Was there any literature about it in the vestibule?

Or put it this way: Was there more mention of the health-care reform bill, or the kids' Halloween costumes? The former is much more frightening, you know.

The US bishops announced last week that they were going all out-- at last!-- in their effort to stop abortion subsidies. So what you saw last Sunday, and what you see this coming Sunday, is the full-court press. Take notice. See how effective it is. Because you can be sure lawmakers are taking notice, and gauging how much political clout the American bishops really have.  

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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