Those who read these pages would certainly know that I have been very critical of Catholic bishops for their silence on political issues that touch faith and morals, or for their deliberately ambiguous statements.
However, when they do act as the Shepherds of the Flock, I will support them 100 per cent. We need strong bishops much more than strong politicians.
The Bishop of Wagga, Gerard Hanna, has spoken up. He’s told the media that pro-life humanitarians who offer hope, assistance and encouragement to women considering abortion should be allowed to continue their efforts. The abortion crowd, ever seeking to remove rights from others, want to stop them from doing so. Apparently they believe that only pro-abortionists have the right to conduct protests, rallies, marches and political activity. How very one-sided of them.
According to the report in The Border Mail, Bishop Hanna has been very supportive of pro-life efforts.
“It is still within the law in a peaceful and non-harassing way to be present and offer any person going there one final time to talk about their decision and understand what other options are available,” Bishop Hanna said.
“Sometimes these matters haven’t been addressed and they may well regret their action at a later date.
“Their idea is to be there in a peaceful way and observing the laws.
“Occasionally someone going to the abortion clinic will stop and talk to them.
“More often than not that is helpful, even if they continue with their original decision.”
If you would like to thank Bishop Hanna for his bravery, please email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org