September 12, 2014
My Dear People of God,
It has been a most unusual week by any measure. I never anticipated administering the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a hospital facility. However, the ordination of Father William Carmona was inspirational and moving for all of us.
The staff and administration of Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio could not possibly have been more accommodating and supportive. I mentioned at the end of Mass that they gave such a powerful witness to the reason for Catholic health care; it is about the dignity of the person.
Why do we do the things that we do as Catholic faithful in the areas of education, health care, and works of charity? It is because we believe in fulfilling the second great commandment of love: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This coming November, we, the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Nashville, share in an opportunity to witness to the dignity of the person in voting yes on Amendment 1.
Our culture is truly schizophrenic on the topic of the worthwhileness, the dignity, of the human person. At one and the same time, we offer great efforts and make great sacrifices to respond to the vulnerability of a person struggling with disease. Yet, at the same time, we see an unplanned pregnancy as an obstacle to personal fulfillment. It makes no sense.
Neither does it make sense to have numerous and elaborate safeguards to every other medical procedure and not for abortions.
Voting “Yes on 1” returns to the Tennessee State Legislature the authority to regulate the abortion industry in Tennessee.
A couple of years ago, Saint Thomas Hospital had a wonderful statement which identified its mission: “We are here for life.”
I hope and pray that you will support Amendment 1 that seeks to protect life.
Wishing you every blessing, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville