To be read at all Masses, March 24-25:
My Dear People,
The Catholic Church has a long history of working with the government to aid children and families. In some respects, our entire network of Catholic hospitals and schools, as well as our many faith-based volunteer groups and community outreach efforts, can be seen as benefiting our neighbors in need regardless of their faith, thus lessening the need for government support.
In Kansas, faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies soon may not be allowed to continue their loving tradition of helping children and families in need. Activist groups are threatening to shut down these faith-based service providers simply because they operate according to religious beliefs. This has already happened to Catholic Charities and other agencies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, D.C., California and Texas.
We can ensure that it does not happen here in Kansas. An insert explaining the “Protect Adoption Choice” campaign and how you can help is included in this week’s bulletin. Please read this insert carefully and call your state representative and senator this week. Time is of the essence on this critical legislation. You may also wish to view a video on this effort at www.protectadoptionchoice.org.
Thank you in advance for your involvement in this important effort. May God bless your efforts for the children. Have a fruitful Holy Week in the Lord.
+ Bishop John B. Brungardt