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In the News:

Venice: Walking with Moms in Need still relevant

Florida Catholic

December 8, 2022

"It has been five months since the historic U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs decision which effectively overturned five decades of unlimited access to abortion. However, the Catholic Church’s fight to protect life from conception continues.

In the wake of the Dobbs decision on June 24, 2022, Bishop Frank J. Dewane said the 'legal protection must be accompanied by more care for mothers and their children. The Catholic Church, and the Diocese of Venice, stand ready to help mothers in need. Pregnant women are not alone… Parishes in the Diocese of Venice have redoubled their efforts to accompany women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, offering them loving and compassionate care.'...

Jeanne Berdeaux, Diocese of Venice Respect Life Director, said the message from Bishop Dewane and the 'Walking with Moms in Need' program are crucial. 'The Catholic Church needs to be there for pregnant women to help with their needs. We need to come alongside the Pregnancy Help Centers, Maternity Homes and After Birth Homes as they continue to work diligently with each mom, the dad and other important family members.'"


Editorial: "A post-Roe field hospital"

Kathryn Jean Lopez

America Magazine

December 15, 2022

"... One of my greatest fears is that a pregnant woman will walk into a Catholic Church or knock on the door of a rectory and no one will know what to say to her, where to bring her, and, more fundamentally, no one will look her in the eye with a gaze of love. There are beautiful efforts out there—the Walking With Moms in Need initiative is one important step—but the end of Roe needs to light a Pentecost-like fire of urgency under those who are pro-life to help reach moms and babies who are not necessarily in our churches and who need us the most.

... Now that Roe is gone, we have to be that field hospital Pope Francis talks about—to love those who have been hurt by abortion and those who have no idea what they are worth, boys and girls, men and women, all. It’s not just the unborn babies who need to be saved. There are so many suffering under the lies of the sexual revolution that have become all too often the norm."


An Interview with Bishop William Byrne

The Catholic World Report

December 21, 2022

"... we must realize that the Dobbs decision doesn’t end the abortion debate, but should prompt us to redouble our commitment to protect life at all stages. And, it means we are not just against abortion, but anything that diminishes the value of human life, such as physician-assisted suicide. We must provide a voice to those who don’t have a voice.

I am proud of our diocese’s efforts to support Walking With Moms in Need, a program that assists mothers who choose life for their children."


‘Where’s the sense of urgency?’ -

Making the pro-life movement personal

Charlie Camosy

The Pillar

December 9, 2022

"Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, much ink has been spilled in pro-life circles about the need to support women in difficult pregnancies.

But these efforts must not only be institutionalthey must be personal, says Kathryn Jean Lopez, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, editor-at-large of National Review magazine, and chair of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Pro-Life Commission in New York.

Lopez believes Catholics should be praying and thinking creatively about ways to connect with pregnant women in challenging circumstances, and to show them that they are welcome and they are loved.

Charles Camosy spoke with Lopez this week about how individuals can take seriously the call to 'radical solidarity' with women and their children after Dobbs..."

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"... there are people doing beautiful work on the frontlines. So many people working and volunteering at pregnancy-care centers that are under attack do remarkable, lifesaving work. They truly care for women, making sure they can actually choose life.

But what exists is not enough. We need more people stepping up to the platethink big! When you talk to people, like at Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg, Va., you hear stories of God’s Providence at work. People who never intended on founding something doing amazing things.

Start praying about things you would never expect yourself praying about doing."

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"Every Catholic is the Church. Don’t sit around waiting for a bishop to do something. Get creative. Think thoughts you’ve never thought before about putting the Sermon on the Mount into action to create a culture of life and civilization of love.

These can’t just be words. Open a maternity home. Help start a women’s health center. Offer housing to a mom in need. Foster a teenager so he doesn’t have to age out of the foster-care system in a few years and get himself arrested, so he has somewhere to sleep and shower and eat."

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"To the extent that people listen to the bishopssorry to be a little cynical, but probably realisticthey have the right idea with the Walking with Moms in Need initiative. The idea is essentially a parish-by-parish examination of conscience. What are we doing for moms? What do moms in our community need? What can we be doing that we’re not?"


Prayer Intention

May we understand more deeply the difficulties of mothers in need and respond with increased care and support.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

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