Proposal 3, a state constitutional amendment permanently legalizing abortion on demand, is on the ballot next week.  The Catholic dioceses of Michigan, led by the Diocese of Lansing, have played an appropriately active role in bringing this issue to the public light of day.  Many observers point out that if it weren’t for the Catholic Church in Michigan, this issue would have been buried.

Churches and church groups across the state have rallied for the defeat of this amendment, that if passed, would usher in a host of hostile and disgustingly immoral consequences for Michigan residents. Further information may be found here.  The Proposal is vaguely worded, allowing for a variety of interpretations that could affect the lives of children and the ability of families to function within a Christian framework.  For example, it  would remove parental consent requirement for teens seeking abortions and teens seeking gender reassignment surgeries.

Thankfully, our Bishop has been vocal and various parishes across the Diocese have been active in opposing Proposal 3.  We appreciate the words of Bishop Walsh regarding this important issue.

Here is a statement from Bishop Walsh.  Please pray for the defeat of Proposal 3:

My Dear People,
As faithful citizens, we look forward to casting our votes on November 8. Catholics in the Diocese of Gaylord are called to uphold the inherent dignity of all people by voting NO on Proposal 3, and its “anything goes” approach to the destruction of human life. The proper formation of our conscience guides us to reject this proposal and recognize that we would be actively participating in the promotion and expansion of the intrinsic moral evil of abortion if we vote otherwise.

This is a defining moment. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe versus Wade, every state in the Union is now tasked with the establishment of abortion laws. As of November 9, let it be said, pray God, that the state of Michigan reaffirmed the genius of our system of government by rejecting Proposal 3. “We the People” have the opportunity to shine a bright light on the familiar line in the U.S. Constitution which states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” And now, allow me to close with the words of Sacred Scripture. Please take these words to heart: “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you; consider how their lives ended and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.” (Hebrews 13:7-9).

+Bishop Walsh