In a talk presented at the Sept. 22 Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast in St. Louis, Mo., Rev. SamuelÂ Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, said, “There can be no backing away in the public square from the call to proclaim the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death.”
Bishop Aquila addressed “attacks against life” in society today, including legalized abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatments that disregard the dignity of human embryos, embryonic stem cell research, “unjust distribution of resources, rampant promiscuity that diminishes the truth and meaning of human sexual intimacy, human trafficking, drug trafficking” and terrorism. He also spoke of the tragedy of professed Catholics and Christians who say they are personally opposed to abortion yet publicly support the so-called â€œrightâ€ to abortion.
Samuel J. Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo
In a late August letter, Fargo Bishop Samuel Aquila asked the priests of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo to schedule at least one hour of prayer outside North Dakotaâ€™s only abortion facility during the upcoming 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign. He also encouraged parishioners to do the same.
The 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil on the sidewalk outside the Red River Womenâ€™s Clinic in Fargo begins Sept. 22.
Bishop Aquila also announced that he will lead the annual Walk with Christ for Life procession to the clinic on Sept. 26 and that he has scheduled an Oct. 28 hour of personal prayer outside the facility.
The Fargo Diocese is expanding its properties and facilities review beyond the Fargo metro area to include all diocese schools and their affiliated parishes.
That study will provide demographic and other information on both the parishes and communities, said Scott Hoselton, project coordinator for the study. Parishes that operate a school are the largest entities the diocese has outside Fargo.
Rev. Chad Wilhelm is pretty huge. Wilhelm is the rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo and stands a towering 6-feet and 7-inches tall. He told me he’s the tallest priest in North Dakota. I was interviewing him for a story on church architecture in the area.
Reporter Amy Dalrymple’s article in today’s Forum discusses how the closing of the Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo could jeopardize North Dakota State University’s philosophy and classical language programs. Read more….