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Bishops denounce 'Catholics for Choice'

September 14, 2016

In response to an advertising campaign by the pro-abortion group "Catholics for Choice," a number of American bishops have issued statements reaffirming that Catholics should not support political candidates who favor legal abortion. Several bishops also emphasized that "Catholics for Choice" is not a legitimate representative of Catholic opinion.

"Let us be crystal clear that 'Catholics for Choice' is absurd," said Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, in the bluntest statement. Other Texas bishops, led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, joined in a statement that exposed the fraudulent nature of the group:

Despite what is implied by its name, Catholics for Choice is not a member-oriented organization and has no affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, it is financed by grants from a few secular organizations pushing a pro-abortion agenda. It seldom ventures beyond Washington to Texas, unless it is to buy expensive, full-page ads when it serves their pro-abortion agenda.

In Minnesota, the Catholic bishops' conference said that the paid newspaper advertisement "woefully misrepresent the noble Catholic social-justice tradition." Bishop Steven Lopes, who heads the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, said that the message given in the advertisement is "fraudulent, deceitful, and simply wrong."

"Catholics for Choice" has taken out full-page advertisements in selected key states, hoping to sway Catholic voters in this year's election campaign.

 
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