Archbishop Chaput’s complete homily is here. Bishop William Lori of Bridgetown, Connecticut, chair of the USCCB ad hoc committee on Religious Liberty, offered the homily for the Mass for Life at the Conference. His homily is here.
More background information is available here including a link to a video by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York and USCCB president. USCCB is formulating a response now. Watch for Action Alerts in the near future.
Measures Will Require Parental Notification and End the Use of the Death Penalty
(En Español) Due to the convergence of two initiatives whose sponsors are seeking their placement on California’s November 2012 ballot, we Catholic bishops have been presented a unique teaching moment on life and family.
As Catholics, we believe and teach that we bear the image of God. We come to life as the result of humanity’s collaboration in God’s creative work. Ordinarily, each child is the result of the loving union of a man and woman who have formed a family. The family then cradles the newborn, raises up the child and guides the young person’s development to adulthood. As citizens, we believe that government serves best when it supports families in their irreplaceable task of nurturing the next generation.
In the United States, by the late 1960s, change was everywhere. Many traditional values were questioned by young people—the “baby boomers”—resulting in a rejection of the prevailing culture.
Male-only bastions of higher education went co-ed. The birth control pill was “invented.” Women entered law schools, medical schools and the workforce in unprecedented numbers. Hats and gloves disappeared. Eventually the loosening of so many cultural restrictions led to a change in sexual mores—bringing about the so-called sexual revolution. Easy and responsibility-free intercourse— seemed to be within reach of all.