Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Living Church reports on ACNA bishops at March for Life

Excerpt from article by Jeff Walton:
Robed in purple and accented with mittens and scarves to fend off chilly temperatures, 15 bishops from the Anglican Church in North America braved inclement weather in the nation’s capital Jan. 25 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“We’d all like to see the culture of death turn into a culture of life, wouldn’t we?” ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan said in an interview before the U.S. Supreme Court Building during the annual March for Life. “I’d very much like to see the mass killing of babies brought to an end. We’ll do what we have to do, and speak as we have to speak.”

While estimates on the number of total participants at the pro-life rally varied widely, it was clear that, despite challenging weather, the march attracted a record crowd.

“It’s unbelievable how many people are here,” said Bishop Steve Breedlove as tens of thousands packed Constitution Avenue between 7th Street and the Supreme Court. “I want to catalyze our churches to be involved. I have a determination to rally our church around this.”

Duncan, Breedlove and the other bishops came to Washington at the invitation of Bishop John Guernsey of the ACNA’s Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, which includes the District of Columbia.

“The sanctity of human life is a deeply held doctrine that is embedded in the founding documents of our province,” Guernsey said. “The Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in North America proclaim that ‘God, and not man, is the creator of human life.’ We believe that the unjustified taking of life is sinful and that we are all called to promote and respect the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death and to minister healing with compassion to all who suffer as a result this sin.”

Guernsey said of Roe’s legacy that “no one is untouched by the loss of 55 million unborn children over the past 40 years.”

Throughout the march, young activists displayed signs proclaiming “I am the Pro-Life Generation” and “One-Third of My Generation Has Not Survived Abortion.”