One-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you as we recall that June 24, 2023, marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was an important and monumental moment in the United States for our pro-life efforts. While we have much to celebrate, we also know that here in Kansas there is much work to do.
The work that lies ahead is twofold, working to change laws so that life is respected and protected but also helping to change hearts, with steadfast faith in the power of God to make our hearts more like his. As Catholics, we know that with the help of God we can speak the truth concerning the dignity of the human person in the womb. As Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities stated, “Each of us is called to radical solidarity with women facing an unexpected or challenging pregnancy. That means doing whatever we can to provide them with the care and support they need to welcome their children.” These words can inspire each of us in our mission to aid pro-life efforts at the diocesan level, parish level, and in our families.
As we consider how we are uniquely called to help build a culture of life, I invite you to consider joining a growing community of Catholics who have subscribed to Respect Life Prayer and Action. This is a ministry run by the USCCB Pro-Life office. When you sign up, you will receive prayers, alerts to contact Congress and government leaders on important legislation, and ways to strengthen a culture of life in your community. You can sign up today at respectlife.org/prayer-and-action. For other activities that build a culture of Life, please contact the Respect Life and Social Justice Office for the Diocese of Wichita.
For those who are suffering in the aftermath of abortion, we extend a loving, compassionate hand. The Church continues to share Christ’s healing and infinite mercy with women and men through our Diocesan Project Rachel Ministry.
It is my prayer that all people of faith will work together to proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God. I hope that each person who receives this precious gift, recognizes their responsibilities toward God, self, and others. I desire that society, through its laws and social institutions, will protect and nurture human life at every age and stage of its existence. I remain,
Humbly Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, D.D.
Bishop of Wichita