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"Consider this ... St. Ignatius of Loyola"
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WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows:

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

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Bishop Richard J. Malone (center) speaks about economic justice during Wednesday's press conference, which included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (far left) and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin (far right). (Patrick J. Buechi) 

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of excitement over the new economic developments and community revivals in Buffalo. Canalside, the nearby HarborCenter, Larkinville and the Buffalo medical corridor have seen lots of new construction, businesses and people come to the city.

But there is also growing criticism that Buffalo’s revival has, thus far, been limited to those areas and hasn’t helped the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic diocese and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal diocese have been working together for the past year to advocate opening up these economic opportunities to the entire city and its residents.

“One day (Bishop Franklin and I) were having a casual conversation, celebrating the good things that are happening now that we see,” Bishop Malone said. “But then, we immediately turned to the fact that we have to remember that not everybody who lives in this community feels caught up in this hope. We have to make sure that everybody, people of color and other ethnic backgrounds in particular, are able to be involved. That doesn’t mean just offering jobs, but also finding ways to help these folks become capable of applying for these jobs, maybe with some training. We need to work together to make sure Buffalo is truly the inclusive community it ought to be, and I think it’s happening.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and many other religious leaders joined the cause, as Brown announced the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge in a press conference outside City Hall Wednesday morning.

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A special collection to support the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland will be conducted in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo during the month of August.

The dioceses in Poland use the funds to cover the expenses of leadership preparation for their priests studying at the Pontifical College and the Pontifical Institute in Rome since the annual cost of providing this formation more than $300,000.

Since 1943, the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland has appealed for aid to the Church in Poland. Without the assistance of the Catholic League, it would be impossible to maintain these institutions and to provide for the higher education of Polish priests as well as offer assistance to diocesan bishops seeking help for Polish hospitals, orphanages and parishes. 

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