Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 15:55 pm
The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops' conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help.
"Over the past several years, diocesan interest in and expansion of post-abortion healing ministries have dramatically increased," Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops' pro-life activities committee, said at the assembly Nov. 12.
"While it's encouraging that so many dioceses are asking for help and responding, the pro-life committee recognized some time ago that additional help would be needed."
Cardinal O'Malley said the committee envisions the new position as a resource for diocesan directors, who offer retreats, support group models and training resources for priests.