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FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, Jan. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today applauded Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, for his letter to the Wisconsin Legislature (pdf.file) pointing out the illegitimacy of the rogue group calling itself "Catholics for a Free Choice" (CFFC).
"Perhaps CFFC should call themselves 'Catholics Against Conscience' given the maneuver they are trying to pull in Wisconsin," Father Euteneuer said. "CFFC is trying to block a conscience clause in a law regarding so-called 'emergency contraception,' which would protect health professionals in the state from being forced to dispense the abortion-causing drug, also known as 'Plan B.'
"That would bring the cynical irony of their existence full circle," Father Euteneuer said. "CFFC cites a false concept of conscience to support their claims that one can be 'pro-choice' and a Catholic in good standing. CFFC also issues a misnamed publication entitled Conscience."
Father Euteneuer said, "I salute Bishop Morlino for reiterating what Human Life International and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have said all along: that no one can responsibly claim both to be Catholic and pro-choice."
Bishop Morlino said, "CFFC is, practically speaking, an arm of the abortion lobby in the United States and throughout the world. It is an advocacy group dedicated to supporting abortion. It is funded by a number of powerful and wealthy private foundations, mostly American, to promote abortion as a method of population control. Thus, I reaffirm, 'Catholics for a Free Choice' is not, in fact, Catholic because its members don't accept basic Catholic teaching. So, it comes as no surprise that when I teach basic Catholic doctrine, which they don't recognize as such, they call it 'political maneuvering' – a claim that is as frivolous as their claim to be Catholic is irresponsible." (Emphasis in the original.)
Father Euteneuer said, "Thank God for shepherds like Bishop Morlino. On this day when we commemorate the tragic Roe v. Wade decision—which has claimed nearly 50 million lives and damaged countless women over 35 years—his action reminds us there are still wolves in Catholic clothing ravaging God's little ones."