The latest from the Diocese of Syracuse
May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON – In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:
In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:
For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.
As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Sunday – April 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm
The Divine Mercy Holy Hour will include: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction.
Dear parish family,
There is so much discord and yelling in our society that truth seems to be ignored or cast as being irrelevant as long as one can shut down anyone who disagrees with them. In John’s Gospel when Jesus is being interrogated by Pilate, Jesus says: “I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice”. “Truth? ” said Pilate, “What is that?” (John 18: 37-38) That is still the question, the answer to which we seem to have confused in our society.
There is what is called object truth; that is the thing itself (object) does not change and does not depend on anyone’s knowing, liking or agreeing with it. An example is that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Another is that the earth is round, even though there was a time when many believed the earth to be flat, that did not indeed make it flat. Then there is subjective truth, that is the truth is not in the unchanging object but rather in the persons (subjects) perception of it, understanding of it, or liking it. Again, just because people perceived the earth as being flat, did not, nor does it make it so.
This is the essence of the debate as to when life begins. It is a biological fact that at the moment of conception the blastula has the complete, unique, human DNA that the person will have throughout the person’s biological life; nothing will be added nor subtracted throughout the entire development of the person. It is for this reason that the church proclaims that at the moment of conception there is a unique, individual human person, engendered by God with an immortal soul who enjoys the right to life and the right to bodily integrity.
In the following weeks, I will discuss the nature of language and how it can be and has been manipulated.