BY DAVID V BARRETT
THE PRO-ABORTION pressure group Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) has caused outrage by publishing prayer cards invoking the intercession of the Virgin Mary in favour of legal abortion in Latin American countries.
The card has the text: “The love of God and of Mary of Guadalupe is greater. For women’s lives, safe and legal abortion.” It is superimposed over the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe — the only private revelation in which Our Lady has appeared pregnant. On the reverse it says: “Dear Mary of Guadalupe, we thank you because your love is greater, because you listen to us without judging, because you know our heart and you respect the intimacy of our decisions.” The card was released at a meeting of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Ad Hoc Committee on Population and Development in Puerto Rico last week.
A spokesman for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, an observer at the meeting, said: “How insulting it is that CFFC, a rich, American pro-abortion group, would attempt to use the Latin American people’s strong devotion to the Virgin Mary to impose their abortion agenda here.” The American bishops have stated officially that CFFC is not a Catholic organisation.