Hear from Redeeming Joy, a ministry dedicated to victims of human trafficking in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state of N.C. is in the top 10 worst states nationally for human trafficking. According to founder, Lanie, Charlotte is also ranked in the top 3 nationally for the production and distribution of pornography. Watch below.
For more on Charlotte’s major problem with human trafficking, watch this WBTV news feature below:
One of the most fundamental and essential roles of government is to protect the people and the common good of all citizens. The recent decision by the City of Charlotte to allow transgendered individuals access to whichever place of public accommodation they wish, including bathrooms and locker rooms, strikes at the very responsibility government has in ensuring public spaces are safe and secure.
This issue is principally about safety. Beginning in April, in the City of Charlotte, any man will be able to walk into a women’s locker room without recourse, so long as he claims a female sexual identity. That same man could follow a child into an opposite sex bathroom. While this poses obvious safety issues, this violates diocesan policies associated with our Safe Environment programs.
The city ordinance also does not protect the rights of religious institutions, such as churches, Catholic schools, and charities. In a country founded on liberty and freedom, how can religious institutions be coerced into abiding by an ordinance that violates the very teachings they hold regarding sexuality and human dignity?
Other cities may follow Charlotte. As the Catholic Bishops with jurisdiction over the State of North Carolina, we stand against this ordinance and encourage the state legislature and the governor to show courage by passing a law that protects individuals and religious institutions. We urge all Catholic Voice NC participants to write to their representatives and the Governor asking them to consider legislation invalidating the Charlotte ordinance. You can click on the link below to send a message.
This opportunity is taken to express the teachings of the Catholic Church, namely that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and should be cared for with love, compassion, and understanding. We can live out this teaching while also protecting children and all women and men-as is our moral obligation.
Sincerely in Christ,
Salvador Tolentino and his wife, Karina, from Our Lady of the America’s in Bisco, NC are developing a Hispanic Respect Life Ministry around the diocese to activate the many Hispanics into the Pro-Life movement.
If you would like to assist them, or would like Salvador and Karina to speak to your Hispanic community at your parish, please contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
El señor SalvadorTolentino y su esposa Karina Hernández de El Ministerio Hispano Respeto por la Vida: de Nuestra Señora de Las Américas de Biscoe NC, están buscando gente que quiera trabajar en esta preciosa causa de defender los derechos de la mujer y del bebé ya que el primer derecho y el más importante es el de la vida. Si usted gusta unirse a ellos o para que ellos lleven talleres o charlas por favor contáctelos llamándolos al email@example.com.
In response to the string of undercover Planned Parenthood exposé videos, C-PLAN of Charlotte, a new group of Catholic pro-life workers and ministry leaders, organized a Rosary Rally at the local Planned Parenthood on Albemarle Rd. from 4pm-6pm on August 14th, the feast day of the patron saint of the pro-life movement, St. Maximilian Kolbe.
It was such a huge success, and shows what parish Respect Life coordinators can do when we work together. Nearly 400 people, including 6 priests and a handful of deacons and seminarians, joined us in prayer.
After the event, Fr. Roux celebrated a special pro-life Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Assumption at the Cathedral for rally participants, including a beautiful candlelight procession.
The Rosary Rally was also picked up by the local news channels which you can find below.
On behalf of the Catholic Pro-Life Action Network (C-PLAN), we wanted to thank the 360+ faithful who turned our for our Rosary Rally. It shows what we can accomplish when all the Catholic parishes coordinate their pro-life activities, which is the mission of our new group. To learn more about C-PLAN sign up for our newsletter.