By David Hylton
Bishops Francis X. DiLorenzo (from the Diocese of Richmond) and Bishop Paul S. Loverde (Diocese of Arlington) issued a joint statement Monday saying that McAuliffe's decisions on three bills "contradict life and liberty at their core."
"We are dismayed and deeply disappointed that he sided with the abortion industry over real health care centers, vetoed legislation that would have protected the right of religious organizations to follow their faith, and, instead of vetoing expanded use of the electric chair, inserted language that would shroud in secrecy the execution process," the pair said in their statement.
A recent veto that aimed to remove funding for Planned Parenthood also upset the group:
"Governor McAuliffe chose a veto ceremony at a Planned Parenthood abortion center – where the lives of countless unborn children are snuffed out each year - to boast that he was “proud” to “smack down” legislation that would have diverted tax dollars away from the billion-dollar life-draining abortion industry and instead would have applied Virginia taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars toward life-affirming community health centers that provide a broad range of real health care for women and their families."
The group vowed to not let McAuliffe's action stop them from continuing to "protect life."
"We will persist as people of faith in our efforts – in parishes and the public square - to ensure we protect life at the beginning, life at the end and religious liberty for all who serve to make life better for people in need," said DiLorenzo and Loverde.
Click here to read the bishops' statement from the bishops.