The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop of Erie

Detail of Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. in file photo by Mary Solberg.

ERIE — The Catholic Church has long emphasized its commitment to respecting life from conception through natural death. While Dobbs v. Jackson is an important ruling, we acknowledge there are many complexities involved with unexpected pregnancies and recognize this is a challenging moment for all Americans. It is our hope we can play a role in healing and unity.

          Everyone should know how to help parents in difficult circumstances. They need significant support and true accompaniment. Many parishes in the Diocese of Erie have relationships with a variety of organizations and resources for parents in need. The diocesan Office of Social Justice and Life hopes to build on the work that is already in place, tapping into a network of advocates knowledgeable about a wide array of services and support.

          The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a new initiative, Walking with Moms in Need, accessible at It is a step in the right direction.

We believe all life is sacred and are committed to the significant amount of
work that remains to be done.