AUSTIN — Texas’ Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment at today’s U.S. District Court ruling that voided a provision of one of the nation’s strongest pro-life laws for protecting the unborn and ensuring the health of Texas women. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that a provision in the 2013 law that required abortion facilities to meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers constituted an undue burden to women wanting abortions.
While hearing confessions at a retreat a few weeks ago, Father Jack McKone received a thoughtful request from one of his young parishioners. “He asked if we could get a community of nuns to work here,” recalled the pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Wichita Falls. “He told me their presence helped him feel God’s love.”
Over the years, the Diocese of Fort Worth has sponsored conferences for married couples, for men, for women, and even for mothers and their daughters, and fathers and their sons, among many others. This year, the diocese will sponsor a new conference: the first Family Life Conference will be held Nov. 1, All Saints Day, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grapevine. “This is for people who are married, people who are single parents, people who are stepparents, people who are hurting from divorce,” said Chris Vaughan, diocesan director of Marriage and Family Life. “We are trying to have this conference be open to everyone.”