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The most ignored group of suffering Catholics rarely mentioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or any bishop are repentant post-abortive women. I am one of those women who deeply regrets my "choice."
During the USCCB's conference in Baltimore this week, the sufferings of post-abortive women and men were once again ignored. The bishops approved on Wednesday a document titled, "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church." It sidesteps the controversy surrounding pro-abortion Catholic politicians. The USCCB said the document would not create a national policy on which U.S. politicians can or cannot receive Communion.
Hundreds of thousands of us watched, waited and prayed for the bishops to choose us. Instead, the bishops cast votes not to take a stand against Catholic politicians who push abortion. Two-hundred twenty-two bishops refused to stand with their hurting flock.
Before I repented of my abortions, I could not receive the Holy Eucharist. Any good priest would deny me if he knew of my grave sin. Yet, our very public and pro-abortion Catholic political figures are not only told they are "good Catholics" but are now given free rein by bishops to receive Holy Communion — even if they push late-term abortions.
That's the way the USCCB's silence will be perceived by the world, as seen in a few news headlines:
This is hypocrisy. It's not only deeply hurtful, but it also represents a bishop-imposed double standard. The Catholic money-handlers of the political parties who openly support abortion are not admonished, but the suffering Catholic post-abortive women must repent before receiving the Eucharist. God help the bishops who can't see what they've done to post-abortive women and Catholic women who consider abortion. The ambiguity of "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" will create confusion.
In my pro-life work, I'm often told by well-meaning Catholics that the Church has changed its position on abortion. No, the Catholic Church has not, I inform them. Actions like your silence, bishops, cause even greater confusion. Abortion is grave sin. It's murder, and all those pushing it are complicit — including all you bishops who stay silent!
I'm happy to come before your committee and share what abortion does to the mother. I'm happy to explain in detail all the psychological and spiritual damage abortion causes to all family members and those that take part in it.
If you truly knew the ramifications of "choice," you'd stop abortion now.
Here's a small sampling of abortion pain from the testimonial page of Rachel's Vineyard:
My story is a similar one, in which the pain and regret will last a brutal lifetime.
Why, bishops, do you ignore us?