Statement Regarding Senator Kennedy
Bishop Richard J. Malone issued the following statement as a result of many questions and concerns raised by parishioners about the decision of New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy to change his stance on abortion. The story was originally reported by The Buffalo News on Feb. 16, 2014.
When I first arrived in Buffalo, I was encouraged to learn of Senator Kennedy's pro-life position. Today, I am extremely disappointed and deeply concerned about his turnaround on this most critical issue, the protection of pre-born human life.
For anyone to say that he or she is a faithful Catholic and to be pro-abortion/pro-choice rights is totally inconsistent with Catholic teaching, which is clearly articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.”
Practicing Catholics who claim they are nurturing their children in the faith must teach their children that abortion is intrinsically evil, that human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his or her existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person, among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
Pope Francis calls abortion a symptom of a throwaway culture. Just last month, he said, “It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”
We will continue to pray for and promote a culture of life.
© 2014 Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
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