Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bishops to Study Protests Boston Prelate Wants Halt at Abortion Clinics

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bishops to Study Protests Boston Prelate Wants Halt at Abortion Clinics

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The National Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that it would consider Cardinal Bernard Law's call for a halt to protests outside clinics that perform abortions.

A gunman killed two people and wounded five Friday at two clinics outside Boston. As a means of easing tension, Law, leader of the Boston archdiocese, called Saturday for a moratorium on protests.

"To have violence associated in any way with the pro-life movement is an utter anomaly," the cardinal said in a statement.

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington said it planned to meet with Law to discuss his plea.

"As a result of Cardinal Law's action, we certainly support it enough that we are meeting with him shortly to discuss the issue," a spokesman for the conference, Deacon Chris Baumann, said.

In St. Louis, the Rev. Joseph Naumann, director of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee, said Law's suggestion is prudent for the Boston area.

"If we had an incident of that type here we would probably do that, too," he said. "It's a terrible tragedy. This will get everyone in Boston to take a step back. Violence has no place in the pro-life movement."

Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis declined to comment on Law's suggestion and referred questions to Naumann.

Naumann said he would be surprised if the national bishops' group urged other dioceses to cease peaceful protests. …

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