A Connecticut bishop urged pro-life Christians last month to pray for people’s hearts and minds to change about abortion, saying laws alone will not stop unborn babies from being killed.
According to The Tablet, the newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, Bishop Frank Caggiano encouraged more people to pray to end abortion during a special Mass on Oct. 15 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Rosary for Life. The service took place at the Resurrection Church in Gerritsen Beach, New York.
Caggiano, who serves the Diocese of Bridgeport, said Roe v. Wade was a “tragic error” in American history. The 1973 ruling forced states to legalize abortion on demand and led to the deaths of more than 63 million unborn babies. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling in June in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
Caggiano described the decision as “progress” but warned that laws alone will not end the killing of unborn babies.
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According to the report:
While some abortions will now be prevented, he said abortion proponents have protested the ruling by burning churches and attacking pro-life centers, and some companies are using their monies to support abortion across state lines. He emphasized that the law by itself cannot change a single mind.
“We are praying for hearts to change,” he said. “The work of Rosary for Life is needed now more than ever to combat the evil that comes from a culture that does not respect life from the moment it is conceived. While we see some progress, let us not be lulled into complacency.”
The Rosary for Life campaign asks people to promise to pray 15 decades of the Rosary once a week for an end to abortion. The Tablet reports approximately half a million people in 27 countries across the world have pledged to participate since the prayer campaign began 30 years ago.
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