What's your diocese doing for the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Aug 17, 2015

Pro-life activists are complaining about the lack of coverage in the mainstream media for Planned Parenthood fetal-tissue trafficking. There’s ample reason for those complaints; the silence of the major news outlets is a second scandal.

But really, are you surprised? The major secular outlets have always ignored realities about abortion, while giving prime time and space to Planned Parenthood propaganda.

What’s more surprising, and no less scandalous, is the comparative silence of the American Catholic hierarchy and the diocesan Catholic newspapers. This has been an excellent example of the “teachable moment”—an opportunity to capture the attention of people who might otherwise tune out the Church’s statements on reverence for human life. A few bishops have seized that opportunity. But, sadly, only a few. Catholic bloggers and columnists have jumped all over the story, but in their news sections, most diocesan papers have barely touched it. Robert Royal The Catholic Thing provides a rundown of some noteworthy statements and silences.

“The ball’s already rolling politically” in the campaign to de-fund Planned Parenthood, Royal observes. It’s high time for Church officials, and official Church organs, to rally public support for that drive.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 17, 2015 10:50 PM ET USA

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke