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Archbishop Lori says attacks on life, liberty directly linked


MICHELLE BAUMAN

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
10/15/2012

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ABSTRACTArchbishop Lori says attacks on life, liberty directly linked :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US Archbishop Lori says attacks on life, liberty directly linked By Michelle Bauman Archbishop William Lori delivers the homily during the October 14 Mass for Life and Liberty. Credit: Michelle Bauman. Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2012 / 04:09 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- There is an inherent connection between the right to life and liberty, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and the faithful must be vigilant in defending against secularist attacks on both. We must recognize “that a culture of life is also a culture of freedom and that a culture of death is a culture of oppression, indeed a dictatorship of relativism,” he stated. Archbishop Lori delivered his remarks in his homily for the Oct. 14 Mass for Life and Liberty, before an overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass was part of a pilgrimage that drew both local attendees and groups from out of state. The pilgrimage also included Eucharistic adoration and the recitation of a Rosary to begin a Novena for Life and Liberty. “Indeed, wisdom tells us that the decisions facing us these days are not just economic,” said the archbishop. “Instead, they go right to the heart of who we are, and they go right to the heart of our freedom to put into practice what we know to be true.” “For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching godless secularism, replete with power and money but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and divine,” he observed. Archbishop Lori warned that this secularism “relentlessly seeks to marginalize the place of faith in our society.” “In rejecting the wisdom of religious faith, in seeking to contain and to diminish it, secularism has at the same time foolishly devalued human life,” he told the congregation. “When man and woman are no longer perceived to be created in the image of God, then sooner or later their lives and their liberties become dispensable.” For four decades the secular culture has ignored science, reason and faith in allowing for unborn human life to be killed by abortion, he said, and now the “secularist assault on human life” is turning towards the elderly and terminally ill through efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide. “Human life is further undermined by the dismantling of the most fundamental unit of society, the family,” he said, warning of efforts to “upend marriage as a God-given institution that is unique for a reason, namely a relationship of love between one man and one woman, whereby children are welcomed into the world and nurtured.” “All these things have been done in the name of freedom of choice, the right to choose,” the archbishop observed. And yet “our right to choose to practice the faith we profess, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, seems to mean little or nothing to many who wield power,” the Baltimore archbishop said. He pointed to the federal mandate that requires most private and religious employers to “fund and facilitate” contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their religious convictions. Surveying society, Archbishop Lori noted that “many of the secularist threats to religious liberty seem to hinge on the Church’s teaching with regard to the sanctity of human life,” whether it be the dignity of unborn life or the importance of sexual difference a.......