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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.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 09, 2010 6:58 PM ET USA

    Thank you Archbishop Carlson for standing up so clearly for life and for spreading the clear Word.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Jul. 09, 2010 6:41 PM ET USA

    It's sad that such an article is necessary; and wonderful that he wrote it.