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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Exclusive: Archbishop Listecki sets the record straight on "Young Catholics for Choice"

    Earlier today I briefly mentioned the extraordinary, deceptive measures undertaken by Catholics for Choice to convince young Catholics to use contraception (reported on here by the Marquette Tribune).

    I am overjoyed to see that the incoming Archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome E. Listecki, today set the record straight on the Church's teaching. Here is the text of the Archbishop-Designate's statement (bolding is my own):
    "It has come to my attention that an organization calling itself “Young Catholics for Choice” has recently entered into collaboration with Family Planning HealthServices of Wausau. Through media advertising, “Young Catholics for Choice” is attempting to convey the message that Catholics can disregard Church teaching regarding contraception, abortion and human sexuality in general and remain Catholics in good standing.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. While people can call themselves whatever they want, it is my duty as a bishop to state clearly and unequivocally that by professing and disseminating views in grave contradiction to Catholic teaching, members of organizations like “Young Catholics for Choice” in fact disown their Catholic heritage, tragically distancing themselves from that communion with the Church to which they are called. We pray that they may reconcile their position which is contrary to the Catholic Faith they claim to profess."
    "Catholics for Choice" is not the only fake Catholic organization whose mission is to confuse and mislead Catholics, but they are certainly one of the worst (Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good are also fake Catholic organizations).

    Catholics For Choice, as I also mentioned earlier today, is very active here in Washington DC trying to create support for the flawed health care bill which will be voted on ... even arguing for the inclusion of an expanded abortion mandate in the final legislation!

    If the same Catholic group that is arguing for the current health care bill is also promoting an agenda that an Archbishop says is "in grave contradiction to Catholic teaching," we should be extremely pessimistic about their position on other important issues of today. Catholics for Choice is simply more blatant and less nuanced about their opposition to Church church teaching and social teaching than the other organizations I mention above.

    Here is a scanned image of the original statement by Abp. Listecki....
    Archbishop-Designate Listecki - NEWS RELEASE Re Young Catholics for Choice 12-15-09

    Abp. Listecki is taking over the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which was left vacant when Archbishop Dolan was appointed to New York City. Bishop Listecki previously has served as the bishop of La Crosse, WI, which was previously shepherded by Archbishop Raymond Burke.

    I applaud Archbishop-Designate Listecki for vocally proclaiming the truth about what the Church teaches. Catholics for Choice should be ashamed of their deceitful practices, and should publicly apologize.

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