Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

USCCB asks prayers, fasting for adoption

CWN - November 14, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on Friday, November 15, that “birthparents placing their children with adoptive families receive abundant support.”

In a reflection published along with the weekly request for prayers, the USCCB notes that in some cases, parents expecting children “may discern that choosing what’s best for their children means generously placing him or her with an adoptive mother and father.” That “selfless, courageous decision” deserves support, the statement says.

In recent years some Catholic charitable agencies have chosen to stop offering adoption services rather than comply with new state laws requiring equal treatment for homosexual couples. Other agencies have ended their formal affiliation with the Catholic Church and accepted the new regulations. The Vatican has said that placement of adoptive children with same-sex parents is a form of violation against the children.

In December 2012, the US bishops announced a call to prayer and penance whose “overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom.” The campaign will last until the conclusion of the Year of Faith.

The Friday prayer and fasting intentions change weekly; the links below describe how to receive the intentions in advance, typically on the afternoon of the previous day.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($20,335 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,665.48
58% 42%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline 5 hours ago
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days