Archbishop of St. Louis warns: 'pro-choice' is not a Catholic option
July 09, 2010
Writing in the local Catholic newspaper, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis takes a hard look at the implications of the Fifth Commandment, particularly on disputed issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Regarding abortion, he is forthright:
You cannot be "pro-choice" (pro-abortion) and remain a Catholic in good standing. That's why the Church asks those who maintain this position not to receive holy Communion. We are not being mean or judgmental, we are simply acknowledging the fact that such a stance is objectively and seriously sinful and is radically inconsistent with the Christian way of life.