By Leon Suprenant | January 4, 2008
This has been quite a month for CUF episcopal advisor, Bishop John Yanta of Amarillo, Texas. First, he courageously proclaimed the anniversary of Roe v. Wade a day of fast and abstinence in his diocese:
“On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade (1973) Jan. 22 shall be observed in all dioceses of the United States as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life (GIRM, no. 373).
“Therefore I, Bishop John W. Yanta, Bishop of the Diocese of Amarillo, declare Tuesday, Jan. 22 as a Day of Fast and Abstinence. (Bold in original.)
“I encourage all the people of God to attend Mass that day, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, pray the Rosary, and witness to life. . . .
“’Abortion: The intentional destruction of an unborn child; such an act is gravely contrary to the moral law and the will of the Creator’ (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Glossary).
“Abortion is murder legalized by the Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 22, 1973. Pray for the overthrow and repeal of Roe v. Wade. It will happen! Prayer is the greatest power on earth! Make Jan. 22 a day of repentance and reparation. . . .”
For the bishop’s complete statement, see the December 16th edition of the West Texas Catholic.
And then yesterday, the Vatican accepted Bishop Yanta’s resignation (he is 76; the retirement age is usually 75). Two wonderful acts of Bishop Yanta in recent years include his memorable pastoral letter on the forgotten virtue of modesty, and his welcoming Fr. Pavone’s vibrant new community in his diocese.
For more on Bishop Yanta’s episcopal career, see this article from Catholic Online.
All of us at CUF thank God for this awesome shepherd, and we thank Bishop Yanta for his fidelity and his friendship.