Friday marked the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. Macon Catholics were encouraged to attend Mass and join the pro-life march downtown.
As the Catholic Church is pro-life, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church held Mass at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in mournful prayer and penance of all the unborn children lost to abortion as well as penance and prayer to end abortion. After the Mass, Catholics and many other religious groups met for an ecumenical pro-life march in front of Macon City Hall.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Pastor Father McDonald chose to use black vestments, in order to illustrate the grief over the United States decision 37 years ago to legalize abortion his blog said. “Black or even violet can evoke a sense of grief over our sins and the sins of others and how this sin separates us from God.” He continued, “Sin always affects us personally, familial, ecclesiastically, and yes, cosmically. We should grieve about this and black symbolizes that grief.”
To kick-off the march, Senior Pastor of Ingleside Baptist Church, Dr. Timothy McCoy, spoke to the crowd.
“Children are God’s idea,” he said. It is our job to shelter them in God’s kingdom. McCoy then told anecdotes of women who had decided to have children in his church, and one of the kids is now a college student, and one of the assets to the church ministry at Ingleside.
In his weekly bulletin, McDonald explained how Catholics fit into the ecumenical scene.
“As Christians we have common ground with other faiths on many important social issues such as civil rights, assistance to the poor, social justice, pro-life concerns, the sanctity of marriage and fighting what is becoming our new state religion: Godless secularism.”
McDonald said, “We must be countercultural, as Jesus was in His public ministry, if we are to be faithful to Jesus and the mission He has given to the Church.”
Catholic doctrine states that natural life begins with conception.
Pro-life marchers held signs from the Silent No More campaign. Signs said, “Women DO Regret Abortion,” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.”