“This Legislation is Evil, Pure and Simple,” Says Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee; Calls All Catholics to Fight with Renewed Vigor for Unborn  

February 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months.

Click here to read Archbishop Naumann’s full statement:

“Abortion has always been built on a lie. Today, the lie is switching from 'abortion is a choice' to 'abortion is healthcare.' A law recently passed in New York not only legalizes abortion essentially for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy but removes any protection for children born alive after abortion. A similar bill was proposed in Virginia along with several other states, all in the name of women’s health.

This legislation is evil, pure and simple. And it shocks the conscience to see such evil legislation greeted with raucous cheers and standing ovations. Most grieving to our Lord of Life is that those who advocate for abortion put their eternal souls in jeopardy.

It is sickeningly dishonest to claim that women’s lives or health depend on intentionally killing their children. This is especially true for late-term abortion, which always involves the purposeful destruction of a child which could have been born alive, with much less risk to the mother, had they both received real healthcare.

Now is the time for all Catholics—bishops, priests, and laity—to fight for the unborn with renewed vigor. We must educate family, friends, legislators, and fellow citizens about how it is never necessary to intentionally kill unborn children in order to save their mothers. Local action is especially important. Though ending Roe v. Wade is a central goal of the pro-life movement, if the decision were overturned, only eleven states would immediately ban abortion; the other thirty-nine states would still allow it.

I urge Catholics, and thoughtful Americans of all religions or none at all to advocate for local change. Sign up for your State Catholic Conference or diocesan pro-life advocacy network, which can help you communicate to elected officials. Or seek out state and local pro-life groups, including parish respect life groups, that are making a difference at the state level.

Though we live in very dark days, we know that the Lord has already triumphed over death. But we must use this time on earth to be His hands and feet. This means each of us rededicating ourselves to prayer, and fighting for the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children and their mothers.”

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann has released a list of clerics against whom substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been made. None are in current ministry in the archdiocese.

Archbishop addresses release of list of clerics with substantiated allegations

The Leaven Article discussing the release

The Leaven Article with the full list of clerics with substantiated allegations (goes back 75 years)

Archdiocesan website created to provide greater transparency


Archbishop Joseph Naumann's Inspiring Homily

for the 2019 March for Life

(Closed Captioning Available)


Catholics in Northeast Kansas are renewing a spirit!One Faith, One Family, One Future


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The goals for the key initiatives of our 10-year Mutually Shared Vision have recently been updated for 2018. To view the latest version from Archbishop Naumann, please click here (Shared Vision). 

OUR SACRED PURPOSE: Under our Heavenly Father’s providential care,, guided by the Holy Spirit and in humble response to the call of Jesus to go and make missionary disciples, we the Catholic Church of Northeast Kansas are committed to embody the life and mission of Jesus through Word, Sacrament, and Service so that all God’s people in the Archdiocese may hear and encounter the living Christ and the Joy of the Gospel.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions

The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for February 2019:

Human Trafficking
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Archbishop Naumann's Prayer Intentions for February 2019

  • For healing of victims of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct.
  • For an end to all forms of racism in our nation.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and the Kansas Bishops have released a Joint Statement on Refugees and Immigration.


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