The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception” (2270). The Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Fort Worth strives to protect human lives through its services, which include Youth for Life, Rachel Ministries, and Gabriel Project. These three major diocesan pro-life programs are made possible through the office’s biggest fundraiser of the year: The Bishop’s 10th Annual Respect Life Gala. This year’s gala, set for Sept. 27, will feature Bishop Michael Olson as its primary speaker. All proceeds will go to the Respect Life Office so the diocese can carry out its pro-life mission.
AUSTIN — Texas’ Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment at today’s U.S. District Court ruling that voided a provision of one of the nation’s strongest pro-life laws for protecting the unborn and ensuring the health of Texas women. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that a provision in the 2013 law that required abortion facilities to meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers constituted an undue burden to women wanting abortions.
While hearing confessions at a retreat a few weeks ago, Father Jack McKone received a thoughtful request from one of his young parishioners. “He asked if we could get a community of nuns to work here,” recalled the pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Wichita Falls. “He told me their presence helped him feel God’s love.”