CNA Staff, Jan 1, 2021 / 16:09 pm America/Denver (CNA).
During his upcoming administration, presumed President-Elect Joe Biden will have to deal with the issue of abortion, and Catholics must engage with him says Charles C. Camosy in an op-ed published by First Things on the last day of 2020.
Camosy, an associate professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University, says that "Biden doesn’t agree with the U.S. bishops about everything, but he does care about what they say and regularly tries to fit their concerns into Democratic policy proposals."
"Perhaps Biden’s newly-created office dedicated to reaching out to conservatives should at least be something worth paying attention to," writes the theologian, but warns that "if there is to be any outreach, then the Biden administration will need to address the greatest problem with today’s Democratic party. And that is abortion."
"No one supports a consistent life ethic more strongly than I do," says Camosy, author of 'Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People.' "But in advocating for the full vision of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, it does not follow that we must give all issues equal weight."
"The U.S. bishops, though they rightly have many priorities, are quite right to claim that abortion must remain the 'preeminent priority.' How could 'the greatest universal genocide' be anything else?" Camosy writes.