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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 03, 2004

Cardinal McCarrick says that the US bishops are not engaged in a conspiracy to ensure re-election for President Bush.

What you heard from the White House was a sigh of relief. With friends like those...

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 12:42 PM ET USA

    I honestly don't recall whether the bishops were so concerned about not being engaged in a conspiracy to elect Carter or Mondale (rather than Reagan). Somehow, I have a feeling that the level of concern was perhaps not so high... I don't see how McCarrick can believe that abortion is truly the taking of human lives. Otherwise, it is no longer merely 'first', but THE paramount issue for the voter. If you think abortion is not killing, then there can be other crucial issues...not otherwise!

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 10:49 AM ET USA

    I just guess I am too "rigid" to be a good Catholic ... but I believe that a pro-abortion policy effectively eliminates from consideration any candidate for any public office. It doesn't matter what your stand on any other "justice and peace" or "environmental stewardship" issue is. If you can't support the protection of unborn children, I can't and won't vote for you. I just wish more Catholic bishops who agree with that view would publicly declare it (before November 2nd).