Pro-Life Catholic Group Launches Campaign to Support Stamp for Mother Teresa

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Catholic Group Launches Campaign to Support Stamp for Mother Teresa

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 12
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A Catholic group has launched a new campaign to show support for the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to honor pro-life luminary Mother Teresa with a special postage stamp. The stamp has come under fire from atheist groups who say the government shouldn’t be honoring a pro-life religious figure.

The USPS Mother Teresa stamp is one of 23 new issues the United States Postal Service recently unveiled for 2010.

Honoring the pro-life champion Mother Teresa on a postage stamp shouldn’t be a big controversy given her highly-respected work for the poor. But anti-religious groups are working overtime to try to get the Post Office to reverse its decision.

Brian Burch, the president of CatholicVoteAction, emailed about the new petition campaign his group is sponsoring to show support for the stamp.

"We are shocked and saddened by reports that atheist groups are now mobilizing to stop the USPS from issuing a new stamp honoring Mother Teresa," he said.

"With love and her charity, Mother Teresa cared for tens of thousands of people regardless of need, race, sex, or religion. She cared for people because they were human, and continues to inspire millions of people even after her death," Burch continued.

He called on the USPS to "stand by your decision to issue the stamp on August 26th, and to reject the bigoted attacks aimed at trashing this faith-filled nun who spent her life caring for the poor and needy of our world."

If comments from USPS spokesman Roy Betts are any indication, the Post Office will likely stick with its decision to honor the Catholic nun.

"This has nothing to do with religion or faith. Mother Teresa is not being honored because of her religion, she’s being honored for her work with the poor and her acts of humanitarian relief," he said.

In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize and she won praise from the pro-life movement for presenting a clear pro-life message to former President Bill Clinton.

In February 1997, in her remarks at the White House Prayer Breakfast, with President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton — two unswerving supporters of abortion — Mother Teresa laid out her case clearly.

"What is taking place in America is a war against the child," she said. "And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another."

Three years earlier, Mother Teresa was quoted in The Wall Street Journal saying, "America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation."

She added: "The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters."

And in response to critics who asked who would care for an unwanted child, Mother Teresa said, "Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!"

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