.- Fr. David M. OâConnell, President of Catholic University of America, has criticized President Barack Obamaâs decision to fund overseas organizations that perform and promote abortions, calling the decision a âdisappointment and even a betrayal.â
He also suggested the president is certainly going to get a âfightâ from Catholics over his support for abortion.
President Obama lifted the Mexico City Policy on Jan. 23, which had been implemented by President George W. Bush at the start of his presidency.
âI donât think President Obama is looking for a fight but I think heâs certainly going to get one as he wiggles away from issues that are very important to the Church,â Fr. OâConnell said in remarks published by Fox News on Jan. 28.
âIâm sure for many Catholics who supported Obama because they believed in his words to do everything he could to reduce abortions,â he continued. âThis comes as a disappointment, and even a betrayal to some.â
Fr. OâConnell also named as matters of concern President Obamaâs support for embryonic stem cell research and disagreement with Proposition 8, Californiaâs successful ballot measure which overturned a same-sex âmarriageâ court decision.
âThe Church holds these issues as very significant and very consequential and the church is going after the president, not because heâs the president or because itâs the United States, but because it believes any government system that support issues that are contrary to its core beliefs are dangerous,â he told Fox News. âBecause the beliefs are rooted in good for all of humanity, not just the Catholic Church.â