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11/19/2012 12:45:00 PM
To life and liberty!
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Bishop Michael O. Jackels of Wichita, Kan., prays with others during a rally for religious freedom outside the U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kans.
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Bishop Michael O. Jackels of Wichita, Kan., prays with others during a rally for religious freedom outside the U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kans.


To the Catholic Sentinel:

Life is a gift, and a choice. What we choose for others we choose for ourselves. To choose death for another, or to elect leaders who decide death for the innocent, is to participate in and bear responsibility for the resulting loss of life. To choose death for another is to cause death in the heart for oneself; so it is with abortion.

In this past election the choice for life was obvious.

The choice for freedom is also clear. God’s laws free us. Only human laws have power to enslave. Where there is virtue, there is a framework for freedom. When our leaders move contrary to moral virtue, such as forcing mandates against conscience and religious liberty, freedom is endangered.

To exercise our privilege of voting for the cause of life and liberty is a worthy, indeed, a vital action for survival. To life and liberty!

Veronica Conklin
Mount Angel





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