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John White lives in the Chicago area with his wife and seven children.


  1. Abortion is non-negotiable. That is why Trump is right that women who have abortions belong in jail. The wimpy Right-to-Life groups have negotiated on this, only asking for a civil penalty for doctors who perform abortion. Well, they have no right to negotiate over this.

    • Kurt, while abortion is an intrinsic evil. The Church has never said that women who have had abortions belong in jail. The way to fight the evil of abortion is with love not jail time. Women seek out and have abortions for many reasons. Some are coerced by parents, boyfriends or husbands. Others are victims of abuse or are already living in poverty. I’m not justifying the killing of a pre-born human however, I’m saying you have a to have compassion. It’s only by giving women in delicate situations hope, that they will choose to keep the baby they are considering killing.

    • Kurt, really? So many women, when they find themselves pregnant, get no support from the “father” and when they go to a clinic, particularly a PP Clinic, they are not given any option but abortion. So no, what women need is health care providers that encourage life.

      True, there are women who are rabid feminists who see abortion as a sacrament. They are truly evil women and they are not the ones I am referring to. But how do you tell the difference.

      Jesus asks for repentance and mercy. Kurt, your response has not a smidgen of mercy in it.

    • Most women who have abortions are in desparate situations, with no support and ofter being disowned or thrown out of their homes by their families and forsaken by the baby’s father. Why do they need further punishment?

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        I am not sure of that. Many have abortions for the sake of convenience, others as a means of birth control, others out of pure disregard for the life of a fetus. Pure evil has no justification for its existence. I do not know what the intent of “most” women is. Nevertheless, there is the need for mercy and help. “Whatsoever you do to one of these, the least of my brethren, you do also to me.”

  2. The Arch Bishop of Omaha, NE.had all parishes read his letter from the pulpit on the ad in the paper from catholic for choice last Sunday. We are very proud of ABishop George Lucas.

  3. Christians have held that abortion is a grave sin, since the Apostles and Nazarenes brought the Good News to the Gentiles – DIDACHE codex chapter 2, (circa 50 AD – Acts 15). American Bishops of no better than temple Pharisees, “Seekers of Smooth Things” as the Essene’s called them. Christ and the Apostles didn’t put up with this within the church, they have….

  4. I believe the article title is misleading. It should read, “Think ALL bishops are afraid to confront pro-choice Catholic politicians? Think again.”

    Many, if not the majority of bishops, are still afraid to confront pro-choice Catholic politicians, as have been the popes for the past several decades. The the first Governor Cuomo, a “good Catholic,” created the argument that it was ok to be personally against abortion, but in favor of abortion for the country. Joe Biden had a great seat at the Papal Mass in DC and received communion. I pray that the entire Church will stand up regardless of the political fallout.

    • Absolutely! The title is completely misleading. BIshop Olmstead and a few others are the exception that proves the rule.

  5. I certainly understand the concept of moral absolutes, but I don’t understand what Church leaders mean when they call political issues non-negotiable. Politics IS negotiation. It is compromise and coalition building and incrementally working towards long term goals.

    Even on an issue like abortion, there are many things to negotiate: Should we work to defend the Hyde Amendment even though it does allow federal money to be spent on abortions in the cases of rape, incest and health complications for the mother? Is it better to work on passing many minor restrictions on abortion that chip away at abortion access (and which we are likely to be able to pass) or to go big and focus our energies on legislation that would protect life from the moment of conception (which doesn’t stand a chance in the courts)? Etc.

    So what does it mean for something to be non-negotiable? Pope Benedict seemed to suggest that issues are non-negotiable if they involve intrinsic evils. But, of course, not every intrinsic evil is something that ought to be legislated. (Should we criminalize masturbation?) And just because an issue doesn’t involve an intrinsic evil doesn’t mean it isn’t grave. It is actually quite possible for an issue that does not involve intrinsic evil (e.g. war) to carry greater gravity than an issue that is intrinsically evil (e.g. telling a petty lie).

    Lastly, there has to be room for prudential judgment when it comes to voting, even with regard to a candidate’s position on “non-negotiable” issues. Imagine 2 candidates: Candidate A opposes gay marriage but does not seem committed to actually acting on that opposition. However he does seem committed to acting negatively on other issues of serious concern to Catholics (e.g. the environment, war). Candidate B supports gay marriage but has never made it a priority. However he does hold many other positions that are consistent with Catholic social teaching and on which he has been a leading advocate. Are we really willing to say that no good Catholic could choose Candidate B? It’s not enough to know what a candidate’s policy positions are. We mus also judge their opportunity and their commitment to acting on those policy positions.

    • In this context, “non-negotiable” means that you cannot rationalize voting for Candidate X if their other positions are appealing if they actively support abortion rights.

  6. Vincent, your comments are full of contradictions, postulating good as bad and bad as good. That is called devolving deviancy down. There is a hugh difference between supporting a deviant action (abortion) to the extent that one will do everything within her power to restrict religious opposition to “intrinsic evil” by fines, taxes and, eventually, jail sentences. That is called religious persecution, and that is where secular progressivism ultimately takes us. While negotiation is a part of the political process, it is not where an intrinsic evil is concerned. Think about how much negotiation went on with Hitler’s point of view, or how much liberty there was to oppose the Russian state. Politicians do not have policy beliefs if they are not going to act on them. Prudential judgement applies only when political acts are neutral or are of a nature which does not make them an intrinsic evil. A progressive driven agenda does not, repeat NOT, accept any limitations of a moral nature.

    War, environment, etc are not, in and of themselves, an intrinsic evil. That is why moralists recognize the “Just War” principal. If someone (Radical Islam) declares that they are at war with a nation, that nation is justified in fighting that war, simply stated. (I would call 9/11 an act of war). The environmental issue is open to debate because its issues are not at all definitive, despite progressives’ assertions to the contrary.

    It sounds to me like you are just trying to justify a leftist point of view.

  7. Please all of us should look around our communities for groups who are doing heroic work in the face of Planned Parenthood and abortion. In my neighborhood we have Legacy of Life Foundation. They will tell you in most cases once a pregnant women sees a sonogram of her baby, she will not have an abortion. But support is so important. This group supports the mother and child for up to five years. They do this with food, clothing, education, baby supplies, etc. They even help with job searches. Their door is always open and in truth many of these women are on their feet within 2 to 3 years. This year alone they have rescued over 200 babies and their mothers. Foundations like these need your financial support. Look for them in your communities. Get involved.

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