According to the statement, the Youth Rally and Mass for Life had been held for over 25 years.
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Catholics for Choice was responsible for the images, which for 90 minutes were beamed from a median across the street from the basilica while a prayer vigil to end abortion was going on inside.
In his homily, Cardinal Gregory noted that from the earliest days of Church history, deacons have been required to “demonstrate by their lives that they were men of integrity, responsible, holy, and trustworthy.”
“I am particularly thankful because the Immaculate Conception is also the Patroness of the Church in the United States of America,” Cardinal Gregory said on Sept. 27.
Cardinal Gregory ‘Embarrassed’ at McCarrick Abuse Charges Because Such Crimes Are ‘Absolutely Contrary’ to the Meaning of Priesthood
‘My first thought was about the people that he [McCarrick] had hurt,’ said Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who emphasized that the Church’s primary concern should be caring for victims.
COMMENTARY: Many will weigh how the Pope’s man in Washington handles the divisions related to the ‘Traditionis Custodes’ and the extraordinary form while pro-abortion Catholic politicians readily receive Holy Communion in the same archdiocese.
The Paulus Institute announced on Facebook that permission for the Mass was rescinded by the archbishop of Washington.
Amid a national reckoning on racial equality, a polarized campaign season, and the Vatican’s release of the McCarrick Report, Washington’s Catholic shepherd became the first African American to be named a cardinal.