.- In the light of statistics that indicate that âCatholics are no different than the general population in their opinion on abortion or in their voting behavior,â Archbishop Bernard W. Schmitt, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston has issued a letter to his diocese reiterating Church teaching that âabortion is the greatest moral evil of our age.â
âAs the deliberate killing of an innocent human being, there is âno circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoeverâ that can justify or excuse abortion,â affirmed Msgr. Schmitt, citing Pope John Paul IIâs 1995 encyclical, The Gospel of Life.
He notes âthat most Catholic legislators are no different from others in their lack of support for Pro-Life legislation; in fact, some Catholic legislators vote against any attempt to limit abortion on demand, and the culture of death it has created, with such regularity as to have a perfect record of opposition to this most innocent of all human life.â
He noted that though Catholics must preach the entire Gospel of Life, ânot all evils are equalâ¦Abortion, representing as it does an attack on the most innocent of all human life and the most sacred of all human relationships, is so grave and profound an evil that it calls all men and women of good will to action.â
âAbortion is an evil we can do something about,â he said.âAs a nation, we are wealthy enough, blessed enough, and compassionate enough to achieve this goal and to achieve it right now. If, however, we choose to stand idly by while abortion continues, we risk the fate of the rich man who refused to lift a single finger to help the starving Lazarus.â
In his conclusion he states that âa Catholic who deliberately votes for a candidate precisely because of the candidateâs permissive stand on abortion is guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil.â
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