Catholic Bishop: Pray for Obama to Convert From Pro-Abortion to Pro-Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Bishop: Pray for Obama to Convert From Pro-Abortion to Pro-Life

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 17
, 2008

Fargo, ND ( — With the presidential election unable to keep the White House in pro-life hands, a Catholic bishop is turning to a more powerful force: prayer. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, in his latest column in his diocesan newspaper, says he is praying for incoming president Barack Obama to experience an abortion conversion.

Aquila congratulated Obama on his victory, but he promised he will be praying for Obama to change his mind on abortion and urged Catholics in North Dakota to do the same.

He urged prayers for "the conversion of his heart and mind to recognize the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and the truth that no government has the right to legalize abortion."

Bishop Aquila says that not only is Obama’s current pro-abortion view opposed to the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church but he stands at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans who are uncomfortable with abortion.

"On a purely political level, he even disagrees with the majority of Americans, who at least want some limits on abortion," Aquila writes.

Because Obama will likely follow through on his promises to promote abortion as president by funding it with taxpayer dollars and potentially signing a bill to overturn every law reducing abortions nationwide, Bishop Aquila says the church will need to educate people nationwide.

"The Church, and most especially bishops and priests, will need to make the teaching of the Church known to every Catholic," he wrote.

He called on pro-life Catholics not to give up the fight to stop abortions despite the election of a pro-abortion president.

"Abandoning the truth is directly opposed both to our ideals as Christians and to the founding principles of our country as seen in the Declaration of Independence which acknowledges the ‘laws of nature’s God’ and ‘the Creator,’" he wrote.

"Catholics need to promote the Gospel of Life and understand, as Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessors have made definitive and clear, that the question of the moral legality of abortion is non-negotiable," he added. "It is always and everywhere wrong, and this moral truth must be enshrined in law in every civil society."

"Abortion is an intrinsic evil," he explained, "which means that in no circumstance is it permitted nor may it ever be supported, even as a means to a good end."

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