Catholic Church leaders praise Supreme Court ruling as protests continue

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spoke about Roe V. Wade during Sunday Mass, praising the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the federal right to abortion.

Inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Father Dennis Gill spoke about what he called the “right to life.”

“It reminds us that there’s a lot of post-Roe work that we need to do, and it’s in many areas: looking after the unborn child, looking after the mothers, looking after everything. the world,” said Gill, the director of the Basilica.

His comments are consistent with what Archbishop Nelson Perez said immediately after the ruling. He said in a statement, “As Catholics, we believe that life is God’s most precious gift and that we share the responsibility of maintaining its beauty and sanctity from conception to natural death.”

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Still, many people in Philadelphia spent the weekend protesting the decision at rallies from Independence Hall to City Hall.

Protesters chanted phrases like “don’t touch my body” as they marched through the streets on Saturday night.

“It’s just kinda sad not to have time to process anything, to get back to work after the protest is over. There’s really no room to cry,” said Deanna Negron of WestPhiladelphia.

“It’s almost unthinkable. I’m glad my mum and grandma aren’t around to see this happen because they’d be horrified,” said Wynnewood’s Jennie Nemroff.
Worshipers say leaders called the protests “disappointing” during Mass.

“Surprising and disappointing the reaction of people across the country. Obviously, as Catholics, we think abortion is not right,” said John Fasti of Warrington.

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The Supreme Court decision leaves access to abortion in the hands of states.

In Pennsylvania, abortions are still legal. However, whether that remains the case will have a lot to do with the next election.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, said he would veto any bill restricting abortion access.

Meanwhile, his Republican opponent Doug Mastriano said he would make abortions illegal without exception.

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