Mass for Life
The Pro-Life Activities under the CBCK Committee for Bioethics (President: Most Rev. Gabriel Chang Bong-hun, Bishop of Cheongju) celebrated Mass for Life at the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on February 6, 2012. Bishop Chang presided over the Mass concelebrating with Fr. Casimir Song Yul-sup, Secretary of the Pro-Life Activities, Fr. Joseph Kim Yeong-tae, Director of One-Body One-Spirit Movement, and Fr. John Oh Wung-jin, Founder of Kkottongnae of Jesus.
In his homily, Bishop Chang said, “We should not remain indifferent to the fact that the whole society and even the mass media say nothing about the still prevailing practice of abhorrent abortions." Then he asserted, “We all have to take the lead to become protectors and advocates of the unborn child, the most delicate and vulnerable life.” He also urged the faithful to make a preferential choice for the protection of life in conformity with the divine teaching: “You shall not kill” (Dt 5,17).
The Catholic Church in Korea has celebrated the Mass for Life since 2005 to manifest her protest against abortion as well as her intention to abolish clause 14 of “Mother and Child Health Law” which de facto permits legal abortion.