If 1968 was the year of America's 'suicide attempt,' 2008 is the year of America's exhaustion,' said Stafford, an American Cardinal and Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary for the Tribunal of the Holy See. 'In the intervening 40 years since Humanae Vitae, the United States has been thrown upon ruins.'
This destruction and America's decline is largely in part due to the Supreme Court's decisions in the life-issue cases of 1973, specifically Roe v. Wade. Stafford asserted these cases undermined respect for human life in the United States.
'Its scrupulous meanness has had catastrophic effects upon the unity and integrity of the American republic,' said Stafford.