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Statements of Bishop Robert W. Muench, Bishop of Baton Rouge
on Recent Pro-Life Actions
January 30, 2017
Recent federal administrative and legislative actions signal positive changes in public policy designed to uphold the sanctity of human life. With reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, the president’s executive order prohibits federal aid to foreign non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortions. Similarly, the US House has passed a bill banning taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage.
The actions are particularly encouraging because they came during the week when millions of Americans reflected on the moral significance of all life issues through prayer and participation in marches and other communal activities.
Scripture reveals that we are made in the image and likeness of God (Gn. 1:49) and that we are known and named in our mother’s womb (Is. 49:1 and Jer. 1:5). Let us give thanks and praise for these important steps designed to protect the sacredness of human life, from conception to natural death.
On Executive Actions Regarding Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
January 28, 2017
Executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement prescribe substantive changes in these two critical areas of public policy that directly affect the futures of so many of our fellow human beings. It is my prayer that as these changes are reviewed and implemented, they will be morally defensible, compassionate, unambiguous, non-discriminatory and faithful to our principles as a nation birthed and built by the hands of those who came to our shores in search of lives free from religious persecution, hunger and fear. Thousands of those who want to come to America have those same hopes and dreams.
As Catholics, we know that what we do for the least of these brothers and sisters we also do for Christ. (MT 25:40) We must keep this principle in the forefront of the decisions we make as a nation, dealing humanely with those who seek refuge while respecting due process and the lawful regulation of immigration and refugee resettlement.