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Thank you for all you do to help build a culture of life in the Archdiocese!
Below you will find resources for your parish. If you don’t find what you need, please contact Debra Niesen, Lead Consultant for Pro-Life Ministries, at email@example.com.
Election Education Resources
The general election takes place on November 3, 2020. The Catholic Bishops do not endorse political candidates or parties but believe it is the responsibility of the Church to help form the consciences of her members to understand the principles and priorities that should guide their decisions as voters. The U.S. Bishops have once again identified the protection of unborn children the pre-eminent moral priority. In his “Voting Is a Moral Responsibility” message, Archbishop Naumann expands on three moral topics that are timely and critical to the Kansas Catholic voter – abortion, racism, and the Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment.
Abortion and racism are both pro-life issues as they attack the dignity of the human person. In addition, the abortion industry targets minority communities resulting in a disproportionate number of minority pre-born and adult lives lost and affected by abortion (learn more in the “Homily Helps” link below).
Archbishop Naumann says, “The Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment needs to be adopted by the citizens of Kansas. We need elected officials who will take action to defend the innocent life of the unborn and their mothers.” Please help us educate the faithful on the Value Them Both Amendment – we still have much work to do to have people understand the urgency and the importance of this effort! Encourage your parishioners to research the position of the candidates in your District on the Value Them Both Amendment before they vote.
Holy Hour for our Nation and the Election
- Archbishop will be holding a Holy Hour on Monday, October 26th at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa. It will be offered both in person and via livestream at htlenexa.org/livestream.
- Please consider holding a Holy Hour at your parish at the same time or sometime the week of Oct 26th. This is a statewide prayer opportunity.
To access the template for the Eucharistic Exposition & Benediction: Click Here
- Value Them Both Prayers of the Faithful Petition: We pray for our Kansas State Legislators and the successful passage of the Value Them Both Amendment for Life, so that Kansas can better protect both unborn children and their mothers from the harms of the abortion industry. We pray to the Lord…
- Prayer Before an Election (from USCCB.org) and Election Prayer to Mary
- Kansas Rosary Crusade for the passage of the Value Them Both Kansas Constitutional Amendment
Homily Helps on Faithful Citizenship, Pro-Life issues of racism & abortion, and the “Value Them Both” Amendment
Homily Helps article by Janet Smith in the National Catholic Register: Preaching and the Election: How Not to Get in Trouble But Still Be Effective
General Election Suggested Bulletin Announcement
As Catholics, we are called not simply to vote, but to be well informed voters who in casting our ballots apply the moral principles and priorities of our Faith. The Catholic Church does not tell its members how to vote. At the same time, it is the responsibility of the Church to help form the consciences of her members to understand the principles and priorities that should guide their decisions as voters.
The Catholic Bishops have once again identified the protection of the unborn as the pre-eminent moral priority. Archbishop Naumann states, “The Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment needs to be adopted by the citizens of Kansas. We need elected officials who will take action to defend the innocent life of the unborn and their mothers.” To see Archbishop’s full statement on the moral responsibility of voting and to learn more about the “Value Them Both” Amendment, please visit www.archkck.org/. The USCCB’s Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm
Value Them Both Bulletin Announcement
What is “Value Them Both?”
VALUE THEM BOTH is the proposed Kansas state constitutional amendment for life supported by the Catholic Bishops of Kansas. The amendment is crucial because the Kansas Supreme Court recently created a nearly unlimited “right” to abortion in Kansas. All of our existing, common-sense abortion regulation laws including parental notification requirements and bans on taxpayer-funded and late-term abortions are now presumed unconstitutional by this ruling. We need the VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment to once again allow Kansans, through their elected officials, to pass reasonable limits on the abortion industry to help protect women and their unborn babies. We do not want our beautiful state of Kansas to be a destination state for late-term and other horrific abortion procedures. Please pray for passage of VALUE THEM BOTH. Visit www.archkck.org/prolife-ks-constitutional-amendment for more information.
VTB Bulletin Insert
Please share the following “Value Them Both” educational flyer during this election season. There are pdf and png versions to either print for your bulletin or upload to your website and/or electronic conmmunications. Thank you!
Image (png format). Click Here to download the pdf version.
- USCCB’s Forming Consciences of Faithful Citizenship
- USCCB Tools for Understanding Racism: Archbishop Naumann Introduction Letter and USCCB Articles
“Support Value Them Both” Banner information