New pro-life Mass wins overwhelming vote by bishops [NCRep]


New pro-life Mass wins overwhelming vote by bishops

In a signal of the U.S. bishops’ strong commitment to the pro-life cause, they approved this morning a text for a new “Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life.” Among other things,the Mass is to be celebrated each year on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

If Jan 22nd falls on a Sunday, the observance will be moved to Jan. 23. The proposal to approve the Mass passed by a vote of 183 to 3 this morning during the bishops’ June 17-19 spring meeting.

The text requires approval from the Vatican before it becomes official.
The lone bishop who rose to discuss the “Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life” was Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who said that it had long been a “source of wonderment” among his priests that there is no Mass in defense of unborn life.

“We have Masses for fair weather, for earthquakes, for prisoners, but nothing for ending abortion,” Sheehan said, urging support of the proposal.
During a brief presentation of the Mass yesterday, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, chair of the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, said that the U.S. bishops had initially asked the Vatican to consider a Mass in defense of human life during the 1990s. The reply was that the idea was “interesting,” Serratelli said, but nothing further came of it.

Great news! Thanks.

Awesome! :thumbsup:


Heh, that’s my bishop.

Good for him. This diocese certainly has its problem spots, though, and he’s had a lot to deal with, but I do want someone more conservative when he retires.

I’m with you on that…we need more conservative clergy period. I’m wondering, how many Bishops will actually promote this new Mass.(?) Don’t get me wrong, I think they are definitely on the right road here, hats off to them for actually promoting life with a special Mass. Why though, am I getting the feeling that this an appeasement (if you will) for the pro life segment of the Church. It seems to me that a lot of our Bishops seem wishy washy on the life issue, not taking any kind of a strong stand. Looks like “fluff” of sorts, but then again, I guess I should give them more credit.:shrug:
It is a positive step. We’ll see how this pans out.

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