By Dave Andrusko
Over the years, we have posted and reposted many pro-life statements and columns from Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) pro-life committee. He is a friend of our Movement and an eloquent defender of unborn babies.
Last week we twice posted comments from Archbishop Naumann.
The first was co-authored by Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, and chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and was a strong condemnation of pro-abortion President Joe Biden’s repeal of the Mexico City Policy.
The second were comments from his January 22 column in The Leaven, the archdiocese’s official publication. There Archbishop Naumann wrote, “It is a scandal to have a president who proudly professes to be a devout Catholic and at the same time has, in essence, pledged to be the most pro-abortion president in our history.”
Today we’re discussing two more strong pro-life statements—one from Archbishop Naumann ‘s January 30 column for The Leaven, the second remarks from his homily for the annual March for Life Vigil Mass held on January 28, as quoted by the Catholic News Agency [CNA]
The headline for his column was gentle but firm: “Join me in praying for the enlightenment of our president.” He writes
In recent weeks, many people have been understandably disturbed by the promises and now actions of President Biden to codify the Supreme Court’s decisions legalizing abortion.
He wants to have the Congress pass laws that would preserve the legalization of abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, because of a hopefully well-founded fear of abortion advocates that the Supreme Court may overturn, or at least significantly modify, its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion in the United States.
What infuriates many Catholics even more is that President Biden and his press secretary seem to never tire of stating that he is a devout Catholic who often attends daily Mass and receives holy Communion.
They wonder: How can President Biden act in a way that is contrary to Catholic moral teaching and violates the most fundamental of human rights and then boast that he is a devout Catholic?
Archbishop Naumann goes onto write about the importance of conversion to Christians—indeed, “Christianity is all about conversion. We must pray and intercede for the Holy Spirit to enlighten the mind and change the heart of the president regarding these extremely important issues.”
Later he writes
I believe that Archbishop Gomez and Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., should engage in a dialogue with President Biden if he is willing. We must always believe in the power of God’s grace to change hearts.
At the same time, this is not President Biden’s first rodeo. He has been in public office for almost 50 years. He has had decades to study these issues and ponder the application of the church’s moral teaching. …
Until the incoherence of the president’s actions with Catholic moral teaching is reconciled, he would do well also not to identify himself as a devout Catholic.
At the March for Life Vigil Mass, he said, according to the CNA
“We must not yield to discouragement, much less despair. We must also not indulge in anger or attacking those who disagree with us,” he added, asking Catholics to “pray and fast” for President Joe Biden to have a change of heart on his support for legal abortion. …
“We must pray and fast that the President will cease attempting to confuse people about Catholic teaching by trampling on the sanctity of human life while presenting himself as a devout Catholic,” Naumann said.