Statement of Bishop Brennan, Diocese of Columbus:
"Today [January 22, 2021] during our Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, a group of protesters entered this sacred space in an attempt to disrupt our worship. I am deeply thankful to the Columbus Police, assisted by Diocesan staff, for the quick response without injury to anyone present. I want to express my great admiration and thanks to all those attending the Mass whose respectful and prayerful response reflects the joy, hope, and mercy that marks our pro-life witness. I also apologize to the families present whose children were exposed to this. On this day, in remembrance of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, I ask all to continue to pray for the unborn who died, for all those who have experienced the pain of abortion, and for those who cannot understand our divine and steadfast calling to champion this cause."
Bishop Malesic, Diocese of Cleveland, attended the Respect Life Mass and Witness Rally in Columbus. Commenting on the protest disturbance during the sacred Liturgy he lamented that "it was sad that children had to witness that display of violence." During the Rally he urged gatherers to side with life. "May we side with beauty and peace and love and non-violence, including verbal non-violence. May we listen to each other and accompany each other so that in the end we will find ourselves where the Lord came to bring us: to a kingdom of peace and justice.” (Read More)