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Archbishop Lori denounces ‘godless secularism,’ Catholic politicians who favor abortion

October 16, 2012

At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ special October 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore lamented the massive loss of human life through abortion, denounced pro-abortion Catholic politicians, and rued the mounting “culture of oppression” against religious believers.

“For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and money, but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and divine: a secularism that relentlessly seeks to marginalize the place of faith in our society,” he preached.

Since 1973, “over 50 million unborn children have lost their lives through abortion, and now the secularist assault on human life threatens the chronically and terminally ill and the frail elderly by the promotion of laws in various states to legalize physician-assisted suicide.”

“Secularism is able to make such inroads against life and liberty primarily because so many people have set aside their religious faith by ceasing to practice their faith or by compartmentalizing it in their lives, like elected officials who say they are personally opposed to intrinsic evils such as abortion while doing everything in their power to promote them,” he added.

“We are recognizing that a culture of life is also a culture of freedom and that a culture of death is a culture of oppression, indeed a dictatorship of relativism,” he continued. “Through [Mary’s] intercession, may we be given the wisdom, courage and strength we need to employ our God-given liberty to protect life, to strengthen the family and to continue contributing mightily to the common good of society for the good of our nation, for the up-building of the Church and for the salvation of souls.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 22, 2012 12:11 AM ET USA

    Bishops who recognize and carry out their duties need to organize and reform or dismantle the USCCB.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 17, 2012 8:48 AM ET USA

    It is good to hear a bishop's lament instead of silence. But, it would be better to hear about action regarding the secular influences being tolerated by the bishops. "Words are plentiful; deeds are precious.", according to that great philosopher, Ross Perot.

  • Posted by: bruno - Oct. 16, 2012 4:38 PM ET USA

    Ah, Archbishop Lori, your words touch us who feel isolated by secularism in these times! We are listening! We hear you! We are joining you in prayer!

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Oct. 16, 2012 4:26 PM ET USA

    We need more priests like Arbp Lori! May he continue to be blessed with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.