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USCCB spokeswoman offers post-election reflection on unborn, poor, religious freedom

November 09, 2012

Reflecting on the election and Hurricane Sandy, the director of media relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that despite “unprecedented political rancor … we remain a blessed nation.”

“America’s bounty calls for a generous response,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh. “as people of strength undaunted by flood and wind we must stand for the weakest among us, especially to protect innocent life, be it infants in utero, the elderly in their waning days on earth and everyone in between. There’s no need to see innocent life as burdensome, another’s frail life as taking something from us or people as anything but the face of God, perhaps scarred, but always precious.”

She continued:

God’s blessings on our United States call for us to offer reciprocal generosity to those who have less, such as immigrants seeking refuge and people without means for a decent life … Widespread poverty now stands as a blight upon our nation. We must address our treatment of the weak for our national greatness is rightly measured by what we do for the least among us. Can we blithely share in a bountiful buffet while fellow citizens go malnourished and suffer from ailments just a dose of medicine away from a cure?

“The US Constitution for more than 200 years has enshrined Americans’ basic rights, including the right to religious liberty,” she added. “This guarantee, described in the Constitution’s First Amendment, promises that government will not force citizens to violate their religious beliefs. A steadfast defense of this constitutional guarantee strengthens our roots in US democracy. Paramount too is a defense of the institution of marriage that guarantees a child’s right to be raised in a loving home by a caring mother and father. A country rooted in faith and family can continue to build on the greatness of the early and growing America that built a legal system that protects the weak, innocent child first of all.”

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 10, 2012 9:29 PM ET USA

    I agree with earlier comment that this sounds just like the seamless garment and more claptrap from the USCCB. Why does the good sister think we have more poverty than ever. The government has helped create it. We have spent trillions on the so called war on poverty and still have more in poverty than when it started. When will the church learn that government is not a cure.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 09, 2012 6:43 PM ET USA

    This sounds like more seamless garment claptrap, finely nuanced to emphasize the beginning and ending of life. Let's get it straight--the policymavens of this administration want to destroy the Church. That has been this cabal's intention ever since the KKK and predecessors were discredited. There is a direct trajectory between Blanchard in the forties and Obama/Biden today, except the latter have a lot of so-called Catholics as fellow-travelers.

  • Posted by: filioque - Nov. 09, 2012 6:40 PM ET USA

    Well said, sparch.

  • Posted by: sparch - Nov. 09, 2012 10:18 AM ET USA

    Sister Walsh and the USCCB are sounding more and more like our president, who is quickly erodong our freedoms and our religion. A lot of words with little meaning. What are the bishops going to do for all these issues other than provide lip service to the truth. They are the teachers of the faith, teach! The best way to teach is through example. Our religion is being gravely threatened and the bishops do nothing but jabber platitudes.