SAGINAW- On Jan. 22, faithful gathered for Mass at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in observance of a “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.”
The Most Rev. Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw and principal celebrant of the Mass, called on the faithful to work for the protection of unborn children during his homily. Speaking about responding to legislative and cultural changes, Bishop Hurley reminded the faithful, ”Our view of the gift of human life doesn’t change...every human life from conception to natural death has great value.”
Sharing thoughts on the proper way to respond, Bishop Hurley said, “I think it’s important for us, sometimes as we reflect even on the issue of abortion and the tragedy that it is in our society, not for us to just decry the reality that is there, not just for us to be highly critical and condemning of those who support it - but I think we have to ask ourselves as believing people, ‘what are we doing as a Church to support people and what alternatives are we able to offer people as well? What do we say as a Church to the young woman who is pregnant outside of marriage and who does not know what to do and feels abandoned...what kind of support do we provide?’”
Bishop Hurley then mentioned several organizations that the faithful might consider supporting.
In closing, Bishop Hurley shared words of encouragement saying, “We come to give thanks for the blessing God has given to each one of us in human life and we come to be challenged, if you will, by what we believe, to put into practice what we say we believe as we care for and we search out others and how we might help. And so, in this way, each one of us can proclaim the glory of God. Each one of us can show forth the value of human life. And each one of us can know that we have done our part in prayer and action to value human life wherever it may be found."