Atlanta, Ga., Oct 9, 2012 / 04:04 am
The Archdiocese of Atlanta recently sent a memo to its parishes announcing they are to end support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure over the organization’s ties with Planned Parenthood.
“The Archdiocese of Atlanta is concerned about the protection of human life, especially the precious unborn lives of babies,” archdiocesan communications director, Pat Chivers, told CNA Oct. 8.
“It’s our opportunity to teach about the dignity of all human beings, and the protection for unborn babies, and this is the teaching of the Catholic Church.”
The memo was issued to all archdiocesan entities Oct. 1 in response to requests from parishes.
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Komen is using the upcoming weeks to raise its profile and to fundraise. As part of its local efforts, the organization will have a “Worship in Pink Weekend” in Atlanta, asking churches to have their parishioners wear pink to honor survivors and to promote early detection.
In an Oct. 8 interview, Chivers said that the memo was released to meet the needs of local parishes, as many “were asking ‘Can we go ahead with this Worship in Pink Weekend?’”
In response to the archdiocesan statement, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast argued that the timing of the memo “feels mean-spirited.”
However, Chivers said that instead participating in the weekend, Atlanta parishes are going to promote their own “breast cancer awareness activities,” which include garnering support for two organizations titled the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute and the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.
The decision fosters Catholic identity, Chivers said, “because we’re actually having an opportunity to speak out in support of human life and that we are encouraging parishes and individuals to participate in breast cancer awareness activities, but not with Komen, because they support Planned Parenthood.” …