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Thank you very much for inviting me to join you. The message that you have brought to Congress - "'The Least of These' Cannot Be Left Behind" - very simply states the moral obligation we have to our fellow man. Whatever our role in life, we can find ways to help those in need. We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable members of our society - the poor, the sick, the elderly, the unborn. And, we have an obligation to respect and to protect the sanctity of all human life.
This is something that transcends politics. It transcends partisanship. It transcends borders. It's about protecting humanity and giving a sense of hope and dignity to all.
Each of us is a product of our past. My wife of over 38 years, Fran, and I grew up together in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Our parish priests and the nuns who taught us Catechism certainly helped shape our moral conscience. Our village had a culture of social activism and involvement that was - and still is - unique.