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January 21, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am grateful to all who helped organize the Mass with Fr. Claude as well as the luncheon and panel discussion last weekend. I found the insights very helpful and heard many positive comments.

Tomorrow you are invited to the Diocesan Mass in prayerful support of the unborn and their mothers at Christ Cathedral. The US Bishops offer this reflection/prayer for us:

“Intention: May every human life be protected in law and welcome in love. Pray: Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be. Reflect: The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ended the nearly fifty-year nationwide reign of abortion on-demand that was ushered in by Roe v. Wade in 1973. In this monumental legal victory, the Supreme Court rightly concluded that there is nothing in the Constitution’s text, history, American legal tradition, or the Court’s precedents that prevents the government from protecting preborn children in the womb from the violence of abortion. Dobbs returned the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives at the federal and state levels. And as we have seen, continuing work is needed to protect children, women, and families from the tragedy of abortion. We must continue advocating for pro-life laws and policies, especially at the state and local levels. Abortion is legal in more states than not, with many working to expand and enshrine abortion protections. In addition to our efforts to protect human life in law, we must also help women facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, offering them the compassionate support they need to lovingly welcome the gift of their children. We must do whatever we can in every sphere to ensure the flourishing of both mothers and their children throughout life’s journey.”

If you cannot attend the Mass, I hope you pray for the support of women in crisis pregnancies as well as the protection of all human life.


In Christ,

Bishop Tim Freyer

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