Abortion is the top priority at the ballot box, U.S. Bishop tells March for Life

Abortion is the top priority at the ballot box, U.S. Bishop tells March for Life

’The protection of the unborn remains the preeminent priority,’ Archbishop Joseph Naumann told Vigil Mass for Life on Thursday.

Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 7:49 am By Lianne Laurence LifeSiteNews

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The American bishops and Pope Francis both affirm that the “preeminent priority” for Catholics when voting is the protection of the child in the womb, said Archbishop Joseph Naumann in his homily for Thursday’s vigil Mass for the March for Life.

His statement drew a spontaneous burst of applause from hundreds who packed in the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the eve of the march, which marks the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the United States.

The archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, and chairman of the USCCB’s committee on pro-life activities, Naumann said the bishops approved a document in November that provides “guidance to Catholics as they exercise their responsibility as voters.”

And while Catholics must consider “many important societal issues with great moral significance,” such as immigration reform, care for refugees and the poor, health care, religious liberty, and the “care for creation," the bishops “affirmed that the protection of the unborn remains the preeminent priority,” Naumann said, to a burst of applause. . . .

. . . St. John Paul stated three reasons why the protection of the unborn must be a priority.

First, current laws “exalt abortion as a positive good and a right”; second, abortion “attacks human life at the time of its greatest frailty,” and finally, abortion’s “personal and societal consequences are more serious because they are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family,” which “by its very nature is called to be the sanctuary of life.”

Moreover, the “sheer number” of those killed by abortion “elevates its importance compared to other threats to life,” Naumann said.

Since 1973, 61 million unborn children have been killed by abortion . . . .

. . . Naumann also related that when he and bishops from Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska met with Pope Francis one week ago for their ad limina visit, “I told him that we received some criticism, even being accused of insulting the pope.”

The pope “appeared stunned,” and asked why.

“And I said because we called the protection of the unborn a ‘preeminent priority,’ and his immediate response was, ‘It is a preeminent priority’. Pope Francis said if we do not defend life, no other rights matter,” Naumann said.

“God and 14 other bishops are my witnesses that Pope Francis was passionate in the support of the Church’s pro-life efforts. My friends, the successor of Peter has our backs,” added the archbishop, to applause. . . .

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I wholeheartedly agree! Most unfortunate however is that at least half or more of all Catholics wholeheartedly disagree with Archbishop Naumann. They make the argument that they are not voting for Democrats for their stance on abortion, but for various other reasons. Weak argument if you ask me, but God will be the ultimate judge of that.

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So by this logic, we are obligated to vote for someone like Joe Walsh in the primaries since he is opposed to all abortions unlike Trump.

ProVobis . . .

So by this logic, we are obligated to vote for someone like Joe Walsh in the primaries since he is opposed to all abortions unlike Trump.

Why would I vote for “someone like Joe Walsh” who has flipped in the wrong direction on the marriage issue and has no chance of winning?

I don’t trust him

I did not trust President Trump to hold on his abortion positions either.

But now he has proven me wrong by his support for pre-born babies (at least as much as he said he would).

He has earned my trust at least in what he has said.

President Trump is not all the way there yet,
but he is not out stumping for partial-birth abortion either.

From a Joe Walsh position review . . . .

. . . Walsh said . . . “If there’s a more gay-friendly Republican around, I’d like to meet them,” he told the Windy City Times that year.

Fast forward to his reemergence as a tea party figure, when Walsh voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and said that children of husband-and-wife households perform better socially and academically. Now, Walsh told Woodruff that he accepts same-sex marriage as the law of the land and also believes that “anybody who can qualify to serve in the military — gay, straight or transgender — should be able to serve.”

On reproductive health issues, Walsh opposes abortion without exception.

Mark121359 . . .

They make the argument that they are not voting for Democrats for their stance on abortion, but for various other reasons.

Yes. Good point.

And you, and I, and so many others realize that it absolutely does not matter to a given person what “various other reasons” are if you have been legally murdered with the support of your own Government while you are still pre-born.

“Various other reasons” can never help at least this dead child in this world. (Which is WHY abortion is and will always be the “preeminent priority”.)

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