New Detroit archbishop criticizes Obama over abortion
January 21, 2009
A week before his installation as archbishop of the United States’ fifth-largest diocese, Bishop Allen Vigneron criticized President Obama’s stance on abortion in a newspaper interview. “I share the concern of all of the bishops of the United States that the administration has, at least prior to the election, given us indications that they are going to rescind some of the protections of the unborn,” he said. “And I am very disappointed in that.” He added, “We are going to have to represent our opposition as forcefully as we can and try to build coalitions to dissuade the administration from moving to that.”
Bishop Vigneron refused to say whether he would deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians. “I am not going to answer any hypothetical questions like that, especially from this distance,” he said. “I simply want to affirm that part of being a Catholic is having a conviction that on these moral matters, the Church speaks the mind of Christ. And I want to help Catholics, especially Catholics in responsible positions, to maintain the integrity of their professions.”
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