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Monday, October 17, 2011

Bishops highlight life issues in citizenship

A USA Today news article, "Bishops warn that church teaching is non-partisan," leaves the impression that guidance recently issued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes aim at "Catholics who say opposing abortion outweighs all other issues."
Anyone reading the document will recognize that it clearly elevates the right to life as preeminent.
The document asserts that it "does not offer a quantitative listing of issues for equal consideration, but outlines and makes important distinctions among moral issues acknowledging that some involve the clear obligation to oppose intrinsic evils which can never be justified…"
The top issue on the list is the "continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and other threats to the lives and dignity of others who are vulnerable, sick, or unwanted." The second item is closely related: "renewed efforts to force Catholic ministries…to violate their consciences or stop serving those in need…"
Our founders likewise elevated the right to life as preeminent, placing it first in the list of unalienable rights endowed by our Creator.
We cannot trust a politician who fails to uphold this most fundamental right to uphold our other unalienable rights. Even the right of conscience dissolves, as the Obama administration demonstrated by gutting the only federal regulation that protected healthcare professionals from discrimination for declining to participate in abortion.
When voters consider politicians' views on the right to life as primary, they do not neglect other issues such as peace and poverty; they simply recognize that all our freedoms and values hinge on that fundamental right.

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