Churches Should Sever Ties With Anti-abortion Group, Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops Says

AUSTIN — The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued an advisory Thursday asking parishes not to participate in volunteer efforts with anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life."We write to inform you of our concerns with Texas Right to Life and we urge parishes not to participate in their activities or allow the organization to use parish sites," the bishops said in their advisory.Part of the bishops' main problem with Texas Right to Life stems from the anti-abortion group's "rejection of incremental pro-life reforms." According to Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, a church document that talks about the sanctity of human life, incremental reforms are better than none."Texas Right to Life often opposes the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and has implied that the bishops do not faithfully represent Church teaching," the bishops wrote. The bishops said they've had to correct the anti-abortion group on the church's stance regarding end-of-life care. They also said they don't trust Texas Right to Life's legislative scorecard, which grades lawmakers using their votes on abortion-related bills.  Continue reading...

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