Bishops' Statement Regarding Planned Parenthood

In his recent Encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis asserted that because “…everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be,” wrote the Pope, “if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?” (#120)
Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human
As Catholic Bishops of Montana, we urge all people to respect the value and dignity of all human life, even at its earliest phase of life. We urge all people to work together to protect those unable to speak for themselves, born or soon to be born.

Most Rev. George Leo Thomas
Bishop of Helena

Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel
Bishop of Great Falls-Billings


Montana Catholic Conference Comments on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion effectively redefining marriage across the country and requiring states to allow and recognize same-sex “marriage.” We are disappointed in, though not surprised by, the court’s decision as it fails to uphold the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to recognize under the law only such marriages.

Persons with same-sex attraction deserve the respect and dignity that is theirs as human beings and should be treated with compassion and love. At the same time, we affirm the sacred beauty of the natural institution of marriage between one man and one woman and firmly hold that such a marriage most suitably provides for children, the family and the common good.

The Roman Catholic Bishops in the State of Montana hold the position consistently articulated by Pope Francis, including recently during an address on June 8, that complementarity between man and woman is at the root of marriage and the family.


Most Reverend George Leo Thomas                                                                       Diocese of Helena


Most Reverend Michael W. Warfel                                                                         Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

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Montana Catholic Conference Legislative
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The newsletter summarizes the weeks' events, highlights the bills the Conference is actively working on or is following, lists the hearings of interest scheduled for the upcoming week and provides contact information for the legislators.  If there is an issue the Conference needs assistance with, a Call to Action Alert is sent out.  The Alert will identify the bill, the committee members and include contact information.

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