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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 7, 2016 7 COURTESY PHOTO Parishioners from the Diocese of Marquette join together at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. during a diocesan pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Wisconsin. Aug. 23-25, Bishop Doerfler led more than 40 pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, Wis.; Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Hubertus, Wis.; and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Diocesan pilgrims visit Marian Shrines of Wisconsin Including Massage Therapy SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette It's our 25 Anniversary! New Titles: The Creed by Scott Hahn, God is in the House by Virginia Foxx, Hard Sayings by Trent Horn, Praying with Mother Teresa by Susan Conroy and Our Lady's Rosary Novenas. The following is a Statement from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chair- man of the U.S. Conference of Cath- olic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities in regards to the Catholics for Choice ads. An abortion advocacy organization called "Catholics for Choice" (CFC) placed deceptive full-page newspa- per ads in multiple cities on Septem- ber 12 calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith. As the U.S. Catholic bishops have stated for many years, the use of the name 'Catholic' as a platform to pro- mote the taking of innocent human life is offensive not only to Catholics, but to all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse. CFC is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. It has no membership, and clearly does not speak for the faithful. It is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control. The organization rejects and dis- torts Catholic social teaching - and actually attacks its foundation. As Pope Francis said this summer to leaders in Poland, "Life must always be welcomed and protectedfrom conception to natural death. All of us are called to respect life and care for it." CFC's extreme ads promote abor- tion as if it were a social good. But abortion kills the most defenseless among us, harms women, and tears at the heart of families. Pushing for public funding would force all taxpaying Americans to be complicit in the violence of abortion and an industry that puts profit above the well-being of women and children. According to a July 2016 poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, 62 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45 percent of those who say they are pro-choice. Finally, the CFC pits the needs of pregnant women against those of their unborn children. This is a false choice. Catholics and all people of good will are called to love them both. Consider supporting local pregnancy help centers, which do incredible work caring for mothers and children alike in a manner con- sistent with true social justice and mercy. Cardinal Dolan offers statement on Catholics for Choice ads

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