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.”
Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, former secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, will deliver the keynote address at the eighth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), “Walking Together in Faith,” scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving. Archbishop Miller will address Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel) and its role in contemporary Catholic ministry and education on Friday, Oct. 24, in English during the morning session and in Spanish during the afternoon session.