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    Friday, September 15, 2006

    Her Kansas kinda faith

    In order to correct Catholics who may have been mislead by the Governor’s claim to be Catholic while advocating “safe, legal” abortion, the Bishop formally reiterated the Church teaching condemning abortion.


    “Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral . . . The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit either as an end itself or as a means to a good end ”

    In conclusion Archbishop Naumann urged “all Kansas Catholics to pray for Gov. Sebelius that she might reconsider her long held position supporting legalized abortion.” He added: “Regarding the Catholic Church ’s teaching concerning abortion, let no one be confused. The church’s understanding, as reiterated by Pope John Paul II, has been clear and consistent for two thousand years.”

    After receiving letters and calls of concern from Catholics in his archdiocese, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has written a column criticizing Governor Kathleen Sebelius for publicly identify herself as a Catholic in the midst of her strident abortion support.

    On May 19, Sebelius vetoed Senate Bill 528, which would have curbed the practice of abortion clinics violating the law by allowing late term abortions for reasons not permitted by law. The bill required documentation of the reasons for such abortions.

    However, most Catholics who wrote their concerns to Archbishop Naumann were concerned about a line within Sebelius’ veto message in which she proclaimed herself Catholic. Gov. Sebelius in her veto message stated: “Abortion is an important moral concern to all Kansans. My Catholic faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is wrong.”

    The archbishop points out in his September 8 column, however, that Sebelius has a near-perfect pro-abortion voting record. Or as Archbishop Naumann put it, “ it is difficult to find a single instance, either in a procedural or substantive vote, where she acted in a manner that would afford unborn children the maximum protection . . . Sebelius voted to weaken or eliminate even such modest measures as parental notification, waiting periods and informed consent.”


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