Bishop Kemme says the future is bright for the young fighting for the lives of the unborn

Bishop Carl A. Kemme celebrated a Mass on the west side of Wichita’s abortion clinic Saturday, Oct. 1, the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, a doctor of the church. Although the pro-life effort lost the Value Them Both Amendment effort, he said, the future is bright for the pro-life movement across the country. (Photos courtesy Bryan Berkemper)

Bishop Carl A. Kemme told those attending a Mass and exorcism Saturday, Oct. 1, at Wichita’s abortion clinic to ask God for forgiveness for the “unspeakable crimes and sins of abortion.”

He said he wore the liturgical color of purple for the Mass because it signifies a need for repentance “though no one here is directly responsible or accountable for the grave and mortal sins that take place in the building behind us.”

Expressing remorse

Bishop Kemme continued: “Because we belong to the human family, we come before the Lord as one to express our deepest sadness and remorse in the fact that in this and in all the facilities like it around the world, the lives of the unborn are so thoughtlessly and demonically taken, all it would appear by those who worship the false god of human freedom and choice. Let the color purple which is penitential, remind us to drape our minds, our hearts, and our souls in deep contrition for the sins of all humanity, especially the sins against human innocent life.”

Amendment would have reduced abortions

He said the failed Value Them Both Amendment would have significantly reduced the number of abortions at the clinic and elsewhere in Kansas.

“It would have returned the abortion industry – intent on killing babies – to the rule of law as proposed and enacted by our elected officials. In my honest opinion, this would have been a critical and vital step for us in a post-Roe vs Wade society,” he said. “Instead, because of our failure to pass this important amendment, Kansas, and in particular Wichita, will now be a destination for abortion. In a few short years, then, Kansas has taken steps backward in the protection of pre-born life. This is tragic and deeply disappointing to all of us who are unapologetically pro-life.”

But the bishop urged the over 200 persons attending to not lose hope.

“I am profoundly encouraged by your presence and your renewed commitment to witness to the sanctity of life from womb to tomb. What further fills me with hope in spite of our present darkness is that numerous states, far and near, are taking the bold and courageous steps we did not and are enacting laws, or passing amendments that bespeak of a country whose people, by and large, value both the unborn child and his or her mother.”

The enemy is lying

Bishop Kemme said opponents are “throwing everything at us” because they are taking notice of pro-lifers’ wave of conviction and are attempting to cloud people’s minds and consciences with lies and misinformation.

“But they must all be aware of this sweeping optimism in favor of life as it presents itself in each jurisdiction and, for lack of a better word, are running scared of the encouraging outcomes.,” he said. “I take great confidence in my conviction that at some time in our future, the new and young pro-life generations who we see in greater and greater numbers at the March for Life and who I hope we will see in greater numbers at the Topeka March for Life in January, these young people will accept no other direction in our state and in our country than that of safeguarding the right to life of all our citizens, born and unborn.”

The future is bright

The future of the pro-life movement is bright and full of hope, Bishop Kemme said. “So let us keep praying, keep repenting, keep working tirelessly for the day when this facility and all those like it will no longer be places of death and the destruction of families. Let us keep supporting all mothers in need who are facing challenges in the birth of their baby that by our donations and our personal service to them, we will not only profess to be pro-life but also act accordingly.”

The bishop urged those attending to never miss an opportunity to help others change their hearts – with compassion, patience, and Christian love. “This battle has been and truly is and always will be a battle fought on the field of the human heart, conquering if you will the minds and hearts of those who only see the unborn as a problem to be solved or an obstacle to be eliminated, rather than as a gift to be cherished and welcomed.”