Here are the points which Archbishop Wuerl asked all of us priests to make in our homilies at Holy Mass today.
1. The Pope together with the bishops speak for the faith of the Catholic Church. “For a Catholic, there are sure answers to life’s great questions. Jesus offers them. His Church proclaims them. The bishops in their teaching office explain them.” A well-formed conscience is our sure guide in making decisions. A “well-formed conscience” is explained here: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect1chpt1art6.shtml
In the controversy about the morality of abortion, not all opinions have equal weight. “Christ established in His Church the office of bishop charged with teaching and guarding the authentic faith.”
2. Abortion is a great moral evil. The Church has always taught that abortion is gravely immoral.
3. Empirical evidence obtained by scientific investigation clearly indicates that human life begins at conception. From the moment the sperm meets the egg, a member of the human race lives. This is why not only abortion, but also embryonic stem-cell research (which involves killing the embryo), are gravely evil: They involve the destruction of an innocent human life.