Bishop Guglielmone addresses the call to life

File photo: Students from the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., participate in the National March for Life at a pre-pandemic rally.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today marks the 48th annual March for Life, which had to be held virtually this year due to COVID-19. But whether in-person or online, as Catholics, we stand firmly in the public square, at the crisis pregnancy center, and in many other ways and places for the undeniable rights of every unborn and defenseless person in our human family.

Our elected representatives are accountable for their closely held personal beliefs, but also, they are accountable for the effects of their public actions. Every one of us, whether elected or not, has a responsibility to do everything we can to build up the kingdom of God.

We strongly urge everyone — from the President to our Governor and elected House and Senate members to the public at-large — to reject abortion and promote life-affirming policies. I was elated to see this week that a bi-partisan group of state Senators passed the most substantial pro-life legislation in over a decade. We must continue with this momentum to aid women and communities in need.

May God continue to bless this legislation as it moves through the S.C. House and to Governor McMaster for his signature.

In the Lord’s Peace,

Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, DD
Bishop of Charleston