Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is calling for united national prayer for the U.S. Supreme Court and its potential to end Roe v. Wade.
Dolan, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, asked people to pray every Friday between Aug. 3 to Sept. 28 in a “Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life,” according to The Tablet.
“As soon as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, pro-abortion groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate to reject any nominee who does not promise to endorse Roe v. Wade,” Dolan said Thursday.
He expressed hope about the future of the court, saying, “The change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.”
National pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for President Donald Trump’s nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.
In a recent, high-profile case, Kavanaugh agreed with the Trump administration that the government should not have to help facilitate abortions for illegal immigrant minors. He also ruled against the Obamacare HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian-run businesses and organizations to fund drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans.
Abortion activists are putting heavy pressure on Senators to oppose his nomination.
Dolan said the USCCB does not take a position on presidential nominees, but it does urge Catholics to pray for a court that will reject abortion and restore protections to every human life.
“While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support or oppose the confirmation of any presidential nominee, we can and should raise grave concerns about a confirmation process which is being grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a litmus test of support for Roe v. Wade. And we must pray,” Dolan said.
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“May Our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for the healing of our nation and our people from decades of abortion on demand,” the cardinal said.
People who want to participate in the prayer effort can find more details at www.usccb.org/pray.
Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has allowed about 60 million unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, states would regain the power to restrict or prohibit abortions and protect unborn babies’ lives.