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Biden’s new bishop blasts candidate on abortion

Catholic World News - October 27, 2008

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, who was installed as Bishop of Wilmington last month, has criticized vice-presidential candidate Senator Joseph Biden over recent remarks the candidate has made about abortion. In a letter to the editor published in yesterday’s Wilmington News Journal, Bishop Malooly noted, ‘Sen. Joe Biden presents a seriously erroneous picture of Catholic teaching on abortion. He said, ‘I know that my church has wrestled with this for 2,000 years,’ and claimed repeatedly that the Church has a nuanced view of the subject that leaves a great deal of room for uncertainty and debate. This is simply incorrect. The teaching of the Church is clear and not open to debate. Abortion is a grave sin because it is the wrongful taking of an innocent human life.’

‘This Sunday,’ Bishop Malooly concluded, ‘all the parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington will pray the Litany of St. Thomas More, martyr and patron saint of statesmen, politicians and lawyers. We will ask St. Thomas More to intercede so all statesmen and politicians may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life. We hope Sen. Biden will carefully listen to the Church’s 2,000 years of testimony on abortion and that he will join in the defense and promotion of the sanctity of life.’

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