Bishop Burke on the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility
                     Pastoral Letter Accompanies Recent Decree on Pro-Abortion Politicians

                    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, JAN. 10, 2004 ( Bishop Raymond
                    Burke of La Crosse, who has taken a stand against Catholic politicians
                    who support abortion and euthanasia, has issued a pastoral letter on
                    the duty of every one of the faithful to promote the culture of life in
                    politics. The bishop wrote the letter at the same time that he released a
                   decree that local Catholic politicians who support abortion or euthanasia
                   may not receive Communion in the diocese until they publicly denounce
                    their positions. Bishop Burke previously  had written to three lawmakers
                   privately, imploring them to vote more in line with the faith they profess.

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                                  BISHOPS' POLICY AND TEACHING STATEMENTS
                                  We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each
                                 person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self
                                 and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions,
                                 must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

                                                            U.S. Catholic Bishops
                                                    Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities
                                                                November 2001


                           : Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead has set forth the guiding principles
                             for ultimately denying a pro-abortion public figure Holy Communion.
                            In part, he said: "So anyone who has had an abortion, or has participated
                            in one, or euthanasia, or who would be promoting those things, or have
                           failed to protect human life while in a position where they could protect it --
                           such as a politician or a judge -- they should not be receiving Communion.
                          If they persisted in it after [Church teaching] was presented to them, then
                          I think the priest or deacon should not give them Communion in that case.
                          But we should try to make the efforts beforehand to be in conversation with



                                 YOU CAN SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE TODAY  

                                  You can save lives by helping to end abortion, which a baby every
                                  23 seconds in America.  Click on the above for a collection of suggestions
                                  (put together by Priests for Life )for legal, peaceful, effective activity. Do at
                                  least one of them today and pass information about the list on to everyone
                                  you know.

                                 click here for prayer for the closing of an abortion mill and a list
                                  of abortion mills

                                  PROLIFE INTERCESSIONS
                                 Suggested Petitions for the General Intercessions on the
                           Sundays and Feast Days of the Liturgical Year