Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann praised pro-life advocates for fighting for the “most important human rights issue of our time” Monday during the national Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference.
The Catholic Herald reports Naumann encouraged pro-life church leaders not to give up, despite their struggles against an aggressive and emboldened pro-abortion movement.
“This is a moment of great opportunity as well as a moment of great peril for our culture and society,” Naumann said.
The archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, Naumann also serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities. On Aug. 5, he spoke to 85 pro-life ministry directors from across the country, the report states.
He thanked pro-life leaders for building “a culture of life in this particular moment in time when the church is wounded by the clerical sexual abuse scandal; at a time of pro-life promise with the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court; and a time when supporters of legalized abortion are incredibly motivated and energized.”
He praised pro-life advocates for persevering on behalf of unborn babies and mothers who are harmed and killed in abortions.
Abortion is “most important human rights effort of our time and our age,” Naumann said.
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Every year in America alone, nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions. Though they are not yet born, they already are unique, living human beings with their own DNA. By the time most babies are aborted, their hearts already are beating and their fingers and toes are forming.
The Catholic Church is a leading advocate for human rights across the world, fighting against abortion, euthanasia and other life-destroying procedures. Naumann especially has been a strong voice in the fight for life in America.
Earlier this year, he issued a strong warning to Catholic political leaders who support infanticide and abortion, saying they are putting themselves on “a path to Hell.”
“While we can object to the actions of these public officials, we are not able to judge their souls. At the same time, we know there will be a Judgment Day,” he said in a statement in February. “Conscious and unrepentant mortal sin endangers our eternal souls and places ourselves on a path to Hell.”
The archbishop did not mention any Catholic pro-abortion politicians by name, but many are well-known to pro-lifers. They include New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently signed and celebrated a state law that legalizes abortions for basically any reason up to birth, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is blocking legislation to protect infants born alive after botched abortions.