Following is the statement of Thursday , May 12, from Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, relaying the request of USCCB President Abp. Gomez and Pro-Life Committee Chair Abp. William Lori, the Knights’ Supreme Chaplain, for fasting and prayer against abortion on this 105th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima.
Dear Brother Knights:
In recent days, a leak revealed an early draft opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which, if handed down as the court’s final majority opinion, would overturn Roe v. Wade. This has led to the vandalism of churches and pregnancy resource centers, the disruption of church services and the attempted intimidation of Supreme Court justices. The United States Senate also attempted to pass legislation that would cancel state pro-life laws and expand abortion throughout the United States — all without meaningful conscience protections for medical professionals and Catholic hospitals. This legislation failed to advance due to millions of Americans, like you, contacting their Senators to voice opposition to it.
In response to all these events, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José Gomez, and our own supreme chaplain, Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, have asked all Catholics around the country to join in fasting and praying the rosary on Friday, May 13, the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Specifically, they have asked us to offer our prayers and fasting for the following intentions:
• For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
• For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
• For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
• For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
• For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.
Please join me and my family in prayer and fasting for these intentions tomorrow, on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and may Our Lady, her blessed spouse St. Joseph, and Blessed Michael McGivney, intercede for us and our nation.
Patrick E. Kelly
Laudetur Jesus Christus!