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Jesuit Father Cyril Whitaker, left, and several priests from the area joined nearly 500 pro-life advocates Tuesday in a rally seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)
Jesuit Father Cyril Whitaker, left, and several priests from the area joined nearly 500 pro-life advocates Tuesday in a rally seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Recently released videos in which officials of Planned Parenthood traffic in human organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics are chilling and appalling, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati said today in a message to priests of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Schnurr’s statement was sent to priests with the intention of having it placed in parish bulletins. It’s intended audience is all people of goodwill in the archdiocese.

“They display a callous disrespect for human life,” the archbishop said. “Staff from the Family and Respect Life Office of the archdiocese took part in ‘Women Betrayed’ rally at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati clinic on July 28 to protest this outrage.”

However, “we need to do more than raise our voices,” the Archbishop wrote. “I urge Catholics and all people of good will to write to their representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported defunding for many years. Planned Parenthood received more than $1.3 million in state funds from Ohio and $500 million in federal funds in fiscal 2013-2014.”

The archbishop also asked that Catholics and other people here also support a pro-life pregnancy center that helps women in unintended pregnancies, providing many needed services. A list of such locations is available HERE.

“If you have had or participated in an abortion and suffer remorse, please know that the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, stands ready to offer compassionate assistance,” the archbishop said.

Learn more about Project Rachel at its website, www.projectrachelcincy.com.

Posted July 30, 2015

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