I forget where I noticed it, either Time magazine or USA Today, but the article referenced a supposed Catholic author by the name of Anne Rice having endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. I went to Ms. Rice’s website today and found it to be true. I have never heard of Ms. Rice before, but apparently she is a well known author who has recently converted to Catholicism and now writes books from her new religious perspective.
Apparently some of her new books on Jesus are quite good, at least that’s what her own website claims. But be her writings good or not, I am deeply disturbed that someone who claims to be Catholic would use her standing as a popular figure to promote a pro-abortion candidate for President.
In fact in her endorsement she states “…much as I am horrified by abortion, I am not sure – as a student of history – that Americans should give up the right to abortion.”
Of course she prefaces this comment and follows it up with the qualifier that of course she herself is strongly opposed to abortion. Well isn’t that nice. That is of course what all pro-abortion advocates say to avoid sounding like Dr. Mengele.
Anne Rice, if by chance you read the forums, it is absolutely impossible to be a Catholic and support maintaining the legal status of abortion. Certainly returning it to its criminal roots will not stop all abortions. Many crimes are committed despite the legal status of the act, but to say that an act should be legal is to say that it is not harmful to our society. I would strongly assert that abortion is extremely harmful to our society. Abortion, and the resulting collapse of our society’s respect for life, is destroying our culture and leading to moral relativism on every level. Legalizing wholesale murder of all citizens could hardly have any more chilling effect than that of stating that the murder of unborn children should be tolerated by the state.
If in the end we are left with two candidates who are both immoral advocates for murder, then perhaps good Catholics will be forced to choose the candidate who will do the least damage. But to endorse a pro-death candidate at such an early stage in the process is hardly a prudent action for a Catholic, and for a public figure like Anne it is in fact quite scandalous.