A reader sent me a column written by Bishop Allen H. Vigneron of the diocese of Oakland. The column is really good and is called Remembering Roe v. Wade – a call for prayer and penance. Please read the whole thing because it is too good to snip.
One of the interesting parts of his column was his mention of paragraph 373 from the American adaptation of the GIRM under Chapter VIII Masses and Prayers for Various Circumstances and Masses for the Dead. The following is the full paragraph from the USCCB site.
373. Masses for Various Needs or Masses for Various Circumstances are used in certain situations either as matters arise or at fixed times.
Days or periods of prayer for the fruits of the earth, prayer for human rights and equality, prayer for world justice and peace, and penitential observances outside Lent are to be observed in the dioceses of the United States of America at times to be designated by the Diocesan Bishop.
In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass "For Peace and Justice" (no. 21 of the "Masses for Various Needs") should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day.
I wonder how many people are aware of this? The bishop gives plenty of ideas for what to do in response to this infamous day.
Update: The excellent excellency Bishop Robert Vasa also writes a column on this sad date
Ultimately a life is a life, no matter expedient definitions.