USCCB warns against rising chemical abortions, calls for support for Save Moms and Babies Act (USCCB) “A rising threat to the lives of unborn babies is the chemical abortion pill,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in an action alert. “The number of chemical abortions in the US has gone up dramatically, while the overall number of abortions has decreased. COVID-19 is expected to only make the problem worse, with more women (and teen girls) seeking chemical abortions at home—even illegally, by mail and without a doctor’s prescription.”
Vatican doctrinal chief: 'everything possible' done in conflict with Irish dissident priest (CNA) Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has told reporters that the Vatican has “done everything possible to dialogue” with Father Tony Flannery, an Irish priest who has been suspended from ministry. The CDF told Father Flannery that he could return to ministry if he affirmed Church teaching on sexuality and women’s ordination; he refused to do so.
Archbishop Aymond: How Catholics should approach controversial election issues (The Advocate) Abortion and euthanasia are “preeminent issues because it is upon the protection and sanctity of human life within the family unit that all other life issues are built,” the New Orleans archbishop writes. “This does not mean we can dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity or caring for the vulnerable among us, but we must stand firm on issues that directly attack life itself, the most fundamental good and the condition for all others. We must emphasize the need to respect all human life regardless of race, religion, cultural, or social differences.”
Colombian bishops decry assassinations (Fides) The Catholic bishops’ conference of Colombian has issued a statement lamenting a rash of massacres and assassinations. The bishops said that “the attacks against life and dignity are more atrocious each time, and have increasingly serious consequences for the whole nation.”
Canadian bishops begin virtual fall meeting (CCCB) Reflecting on the impact of the coronavirus, the bishops discussed “how the Church in Canada can benefit from technology but ensure it is not seen as a replacement for the life-giving community experience of the liturgy and the sacraments in person.”