Jan 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.”
“It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican’s highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23.
“Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives occasion for all citizens in the nation to consider their fundamental duty as citizens to promote the respect for human life and to foster human life in our society.”
From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation. San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 26 will be attended by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, nuncio to the United States.
The March for Life in Washington, D.C. occurred Jan. 25 and drew hundreds of thousands of participants.
Pope Benedict himself has shown support for the rallies, tweeting Jan. 25 that “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”
Cardinal Burke noted that the “greater the participation in the marches, the stronger the message is to our government that its citizens, those whom the government serves, desire most of all that the laws of the nation foster the common good by protecting all human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.”
The Wisconsin native, who served as archbishop of St. Louis before being called to Rome, also addressed the devastating effect that legalized abortion has had on the people of America.
The more than 50 million deaths in the wake of Roe v. Wade “is a great scourge in the United States of America and must be repaired at the earliest possible time,” he urged.
“In addition to the destruction of the innocent and defenseless human lives, women who have had abortions suffer greatly for the rest of their lives.”
“A woman, therefore, who has procured an abortion, will have understood that she has committed a grave sin, not only against the innocent human life conceived in her womb, but also against her own very person and identity,” Cardinal Burke reflected. …