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Bishop criticizes Catholic politician who flip-flops on abortion

February 20, 2014

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo has publicly criticized a Catholic state senator for abandoning his pro-life position.

“When I first arrived in Buffalo, I was encouraged to learn of Senator [Timothy] Kennedy’s pro-life position,” he said. “Today, I am extremely disappointed and deeply concerned about his turnaround on this most critical issue, the protection of pre-born human life.”

Kennedy (who is not related to the Massachusetts-based Kennedy clan) said that although his position on abortion has "evolved," he continues to cherish the Catholic faith and is raising his children as Catholics. Bishop Malone took issue with that claim.

“For anyone to say that he or she is a faithful Catholic and to be pro-abortion/pro-choice rights is totally inconsistent with Catholic teaching,” he added. “Practicing Catholics who claim they are nurturing their children in the faith must teach their children that abortion is intrinsically evil, that human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his or her existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person, among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Feb. 21, 2014 11:56 AM ET USA

    Is 'devolved' maybe the word he meant to use?

  • Posted by: koinonia - Feb. 21, 2014 7:15 AM ET USA

    Amen. Transcendant principles do not evolve. This evolutionary process extends to other areas where minds become more open and hearts swell. Thus we have Catholics professing their love for the Church and cherishing tbe Faith... a faith they no longer share. All this with a warm confident smile, a palpable can-do attitude, an appeal to inclusiveness and no indication of the absurdity of it all. Thank you, your Excellency for the penetrating words. The baptized are called to be faithful.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 20, 2014 7:30 PM ET USA

    Bravo. Call this man to repentance and save the souls of everyone in that family and all who voted for him. How can anyone "evolve" from cherishing life to supporting death?

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Feb. 20, 2014 7:14 PM ET USA

    Hurrah ! A bishop who speaks up!

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Feb. 20, 2014 7:11 PM ET USA

    words, words and more words. Where is the action??

  • Posted by: patmitchell1846 - Feb. 20, 2014 6:40 PM ET USA

    Cheers for Bishop Malone.