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Friday, January 23, 2009

Pro-life bishop

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Arkansas's new Catholic bishop, Anthony Taylor, continues to stand out. The Arkansas Catholic provides coverage of last Sunday's March for Life and Taylor's remarks on the occasion.

He's fervently opposed to abortion, of course. But in delivering that messsage, he emphasized a broad view of what it means to be pro-life.

"All life is sacred, not just innocent life in the womb," Bishop Taylor proclaimed in his homily, "and ignoring -- or worse, compromising -- this truth in one area of life hurts our efforts in all areas."

He said some Catholics might believe the Iraq war is the biggest pro-life issue today, especially when one takes into account that 54 percent of Catholics voted for President Barack Obama.

While there are many pro-life issues to promote, Bishop Taylor admitted, "not all pro-life issues are of equal weight" and "we lose far more lives through abortion than we do through war."

"The recognition that all life is sacred, not just innocent life, is what makes us pro-life and not just anti-abortion," he said.

Saying "all human rights and human dignity issues are pro-life issues," the bishop encouraged the congregation from across the state to battle the war, domestic violence, racism and poverty as well as the traditional pro-life issues, including abortion and euthanasia.

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