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ALL Troubled by Vatican Appointments to Pontifical Academy for Life

Washington, DC 

American Life League president Judie Brown issued a statement in response to reports of anti-life appointments by the Vatican to the reconstituted Pontifical Academy for Life. Most troubling among the appointments is Nigel Biggar, and Anglican professor from Oxford University who supports aborting children up to and including 18 weeks gestational age. Also concerning is Kathleen Foley, MD, who headed the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America.

Brown states: “We had hoped the Pontifical Academy for Life would continue voicing the truth as taught by so many saints and doctors of the Church. Yet today it seems to have lost its way. Pope Francis has created a revised version of the sainted Pope John Paul II’s vision that is not only scary, but also in many ways ugly to behold.”

Brown calls for Catholics to pray as well as write to Pope Francis to “lovingly express your concern about the Pontifical Academy for Life and remind him that he is in your prayers.”

Brown continues:

Remember that draining the swamp is a spiritual battle. When we think about draining the swamp, we must include prayer as well as awareness of the truth and what it means. Pray for the new members of the Academy, that God may work His miracles in their lives. Fast and pray for our Holy Father; he needs our prayers and sacrifices now more than ever. And pray for clarity and unity within the pro-life movement.

It is clear that even though the newly revised Pontifical Academy for Life has members who are not in line with Catholic teaching when it comes to the moral law, we know that we are. The future of the pro-life movement is where it has always been—in the hands of people who are dedicated to building a culture of life, no matter the cost to themselves or their families. New appointments and Vatican announcements will never change our vision of a world that honors and respects the dignity of every single human being—from the very first moment of creation until death.

Judie Brown’s full statement can be found on the American Life League website.

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American Life League was co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown, a three-time appointee to the Pontifical Academy for Life. ALL is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit or call 540-659-4171.