Please: hold ‘Catholic’ Senators accountable for votes on late-term abortion

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 30, 2018

In the US Senate’s appalling vote, 14 Catholic lawmakers blocked a bid to make late-term abortions illegal. Father Dwight Longenecker asks the right question: “What kind of Catholic Church are we if their pastors and bishops do not stand up publicly and rebuke these fourteen politicians?”

In case one of those Catholic politicians is your representative, and in case you’d like to encourage your pastors and bishops in the right direction, here’s the list:

· Maria Cantwell —Washington

· Susan Collins -Maine

· Dick Durbin —Illinois

· Kirsten Gillibrand —New York

· Heidi Heitkamp —North Dakota

· Tim Kaine —Virginia

· Patrick Leahy —Vermont
· Ed Markey —Massachussetts

· Catherine Cortez Masto —Nevada

· Claire McCaskill —Missouri

· Bob Menendez —New Jersey

· Lisa Murkowski —Alaska

· Patty Murray —Washington

· Jack Reed —Rhode Island

Correction: An earlier version of this post, I wrote that all the above Senators are Democrats. In fact, Senators Collins and Murkowski are Republicans. I apologize for the error.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Retired01 - Feb. 01, 2018 6:46 PM ET USA

    What kind of Catholic Church are we...? A Catholic Church that does not obsess about abortion.

  • Posted by: Foundas - Feb. 01, 2018 5:24 PM ET USA

    This should be a "no brainer" for the bishops to take a public stand against the Catholic senators and representatives but where are they? I guess they don't want to jeopardize the amount in the offering plates and to scare the folks in the pews. What a pity!

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 31, 2018 10:30 PM ET USA

    It is money. Fear of losing grants. Fear of losing tax status. Remember Pelosi and Feinstein comments. Once in bed with devil, hard to get free. Too many Bishops have equated the murder of unborn innocents as equal to social justice issues. The bishops who support this have danced with the devil for too long. They now have no backbone to resist the SIREN song of money.

  • Posted by: begnoche7263 - Jan. 31, 2018 11:19 AM ET USA

    Don't hold your breath. Most bishops, it seems, do not even hold their own priests accountable for heretical homilies let alone a politician being pro-death. I have asked the USCCB to hold these politicians accountable several times in the past. I have been ignored mostly and finally told they as a group cannot/will not. It is a shame and a scandal. A few public statements of excommunication would go a long way.

  • Posted by: donakows3881 - Jan. 30, 2018 9:19 PM ET USA

    "You cannot be a single issue voter, because then they've got you." -- Kenneth Povish, Late Bishop of Lansing, Michigan.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 30, 2018 3:10 PM ET USA

    Very little chance that any senator listed above, except McCaskill, will pay a political price. Still, do keep asking the right question: “What kind of Catholic Church are we…." This question has been asked for 50 years, and the only USCCB answer has something to do with seamless garments.. #USCCB ;>)