by Steven Ertelt
April 7, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Bush gave the keynote address at the National Catholic prayer breakfast on Friday morning. In the presence of Catholic cardinals, Chief Justice John Roberts, and church leaders, the president touted the pro-life message and the Catholic church’s long-standing views in favor of protecting life.
Bush praised Pope John Paul II, who passed away a year ago after suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other ailments, and lauded Pope Benedict XVI as a "wonderfully kind man."
"Like his predecessor, Pope Benedict understands that the measure of a free society is how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable among us," the president said.
Bush referred to Pope Benedict’s Christmas homily and how he "that the Savior came to earth as a ‘defenseless child.’" Drawing large applause, he said "the splendor of that Christmas shines upon every child, born and unborn."
"Here in the United States, we work to strengthen a culture of life, through many state and federal initiatives that expand the protections of the unborn," the president explained.
"These initiatives reflect the consensus of the American people acting through their elected representatives, and we will continue to work for the day when every child is welcome in life and protected in law," he concluded.
After signing several pieces of pro-life legislation, the president is continuing his pro-life policies.
The Senate is preparing in the next several weeks to vote on a bill that would overturn President Bush’s limited on using taxpayer dollars to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Because the research destroys human life, the president said no federal funds should be used for any new embryonic research.
Should the Senate approve the measure, which the House has already backed, the president has promised to veto it.