Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Cheerleader" Bishop Vasa rallies for Life and so do We

Rally for Life and Memorial Walk
This Sunday
January 22, 2012
Pioneer Courthouse Square
2:30 p.m.
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Cheerleader Bishop Vasa (the whole article)

Since 1984, this is the first time that a bishop has participated completely in a mass, rally and march. 

Bishop to rally abortion opponents at Santa Rosa protest 

Vasa to be keynote speaker at downtown Santa Rosa protest

Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa says he will serve as a "cheerleader" at an anti-abortion rally Sunday in Old Courthouse Square, urging attendees to continue to fight to defend 
the sanctity of life.

"In many ways we are engaged in a battle for the American soul," said Vasa, who became spiritual leader of the 165,000-member Santa Rosa Catholic diocese in July.

He will be the keynote speaker at a Rally for Life from 2 to 3:30 p.m., sponsored by Sonoma County Pro Life, a local chapter of the National Right to Life Committee.

The rally is held annually on the Sunday closest to Jan. 22, the date of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 granting women the right to an abortion.

Vasa, in his first public appearance as bishop, is challenging that principle in a liberal, strongly feminist region in which two members of Congress, one a Catholic, support abortion rights.

Vasa, who previously served as bishop of the Baker Diocese in politically conservative eastern Oregon, said his blunt words may cause some people, including Catholics, to bristle.

His answer would be: "Show me a circumstance where it is permitted by God to take a life," Vasa said in an interview Friday.

Abortion opponents should not be discouraged, he said, even if they cannot elect "pro-life candidates" or get the court ruling overturned. "It's about advocating for life," Vasa said. "As long as we are raising that voice (for the rights of "the pre-born child") we are a success."

Life in the womb that is "growing and metabolizing," even if it lacks consciousness, is "fully human," he said. "There are no gradations to it."

You are not alone…

"When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the  final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible  moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before  God -- and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. 

But I  really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think  there'll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are  heard beautifully and clearly in the next world -- and they will plead for  everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, 'Spare him,  because he loved us!'"

Congressman Henry Hyde

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