The United Methodist bishop for the Florida Annual Conference has publicly denounced abortion as a "moral horror" - and one Methodist activist calls that a "historic moment" for the denomination.
Speaking on Monday (January 24) to a UMC pro-life group in Washington, DC, Bishop Timothy Whitaker said he regretted that some United Methodist agencies are members of the pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). The bishop stated his denomination has fallen in step with the culture's preoccupation with "private rights."
But Christianity, he said, believes in both rights and responsibilities. "We cannot endorse a woman's right to abort an unborn child as a morally neutral decision," Whitaker said, "because we understand that the child also has a right to live and the community has a responsibility to care for this child if the mother is unable to rear it."
Mark Tooley, director of the UM Action committee of The Institute on Religion and Democracy, likes what he heard. "Bishop Whitaker's public espousal of a pro-life position is a historic moment for the 8.3-million-member UMC in the U.S., and for all mainline denominations whose leaders have defended restricted abortion rights for 30 years," he says.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Agape Press reports ...