SCANDAL - Democrat Catholic Lawmakers Betray their Faith by Twisting Catholic Teaching to Support Abortion
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The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) has issued a firm response to a group of Catholic lawmakers who signed a letter invoking Catholic teaching to support abortion. Led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, 30 Democrats referenced their Catholic faith and St. John Paul II's apostolic exhortation Christifideles Laici as grounds for endorsing abortion.
Can they be serious? Anyone who understands St. Pope John Paul II knows he was staunchly opposed to the murder of the unborn in the womb. Not only is this scandalous, it is maliciously misleading. The Bishops of the USCCB issued a much too kind rebuke. They should have been far more harsh in their overall response, and individuals lawmakers should face some kind of sanction and accountability. Evil must have consequences.
In a joint statement, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, President of the USCCB, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington (Virginia), Chairman of the USCCB's Committee of Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville (Texas), Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine, expressed their disagreement:
"Members of Congress who recently invoked Catholic teachings to justify or support abortion gravely misrepresent the faith. Claiming that the deliberate taking of innocent human life, particularly at its most vulnerable stage, aligns with the values of upholding the dignity and well-being of those in need is erroneous and inconsistent."
The bishops referenced the Catechism of the Catholic Church, emphasizing the absolute requirement to respect and protect human life from the moment of conception. They stated that abortion not only violates this principle but also inflicts immeasurable suffering upon countless women.
While acknowledging the significance of conscience in both Church teaching and the public sphere, the bishops affirmed the importance of policymakers supporting the freedom of Catholics and others to contribute to the common good according to their beliefs. This includes areas such as assisting newly arrived migrants, providing healthcare, and offering social services.
However, the bishops made it clear that conscience should never serve as a justification for committing evil or condoning abortion. They stressed that conscience cannot be used to legitimize the act or endorsement of abortion.