Archbishop Allen Vigneron has called on Catholics to pray, fast, give alms, and do penance for "the great sin of abortion in our midst."
Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit has called for two weeks of fasting and penance in response to Michigan’s passage of Proposal 3. The ballot measure, which drew nearly 57% of the vote, has enshrined abortion into Michigan’s state constitution and has made several laws regulating abortion obsolete.
In his letter, the archbishop began by expressing his sadness over the new law, which he called a “grave assault on the dignity and sanctity of unborn, innocent human life.” He wrote that the archdiocese grieves for the women who will undergo abortions under the new law, as well as for the lives of the unborn that will be lost in the procedure.
After thanking pro-life advocates for their support and efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of Proposal 3 throughout the election season, the prelate urged the faithful to turn to prayer. He called for two-weeks of fasting and penance, to be observed at the start of Advent:
“Abortion is now legal in Michigan at an unprecedented level, and millions of lives are at stake. We must pray and ask God for his mercy upon us for allowing this evil to happen in our state. For this reason, I want to invite all the faithful to join me in the first two weeks of Advent, from November 27 to December 9, in doing penance, giving alms, praying, and fasting. We must use these spiritual practices to make reparations for the great sin of abortion in our midst.”
Continuing, Archbishop Vigneron renewed the archdiocese’s commitment to accompanying women and families in need. He called this work “critical” in this moment when the “unborn have been stripped of their basic right to life.”
“In response to the passing of Proposal 3, we must step forward with no judgment, open arms, and effective resources to help women reject the “solution” of death and empower them to choose life for their children.”
The archbishop went on to highlight several ministries within the Archdiocese of Detroit that continue to promote pro-life values, and implored the faithful to join and support these groups. He directed Catholics to Walking With Moms in Need (WWMIN), a ministry that organizes local assistance for pregnant and parenting mothers in need. Another group the archbishop hailed was Project Rachel, which assists individuals who have been harmed by abortion.
Finally, Archbishop Vigneron reiterated the archdiocese’s commitment to fostering a “culture of life.” He wrote:
“We will continue our efforts to build a culture of life in which abortion is unthinkable, all families receive the support they need, and the dignity of all people is recognized. We do this with confidence in the ultimate victory of Christ, whose resurrection to life has defeated the powers of death.
“St. Gianna Molla, the patroness of mothers, physicians, and unborn children, pray for us. Our Lady of Guadalupe, who carried the Savior in her womb, pray for us.”