In November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Unfortunately, the document they produced, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” is both disheartening and, frankly, politically useless.
The bishops tell the reader that “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many.” This statement is in paragraph 28 and is welcomed by all of us who toil in the pro-life vineyard.
However, in paragraph 42, they contradict themselves by saying, “As Catholics we are not single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support. Yet a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil, such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter to disqualify a candidate from receiving support.”
How can shepherds of the Catholic Church equate abortion and racism? Could it be that a hateful attitude and an act of direct murder are equally evil in Church teaching? Where is that written?
And why, pray tell, would the bishops suggest to us that support for such an evil “may legitimately lead a voter . . . ”? Does that mean that a Catholic...