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San Diego bishop criticizes single-issue voting, says both abortion and environment are ‘core life issues’

February 12, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “More than 750,000 unborn children are directly killed in the United States every year,” said Bishop Robert McElroy. “At one time, there was bipartisan support for erecting policies that made abortion rare. Now that commitment has been eviscerated in the Democratic Party.” He added, “The death toll from abortion is more immediate, but the long-term death toll from unchecked climate change is larger and threatens the very future of humanity.” Although “contraception is intrinsically evil in Catholic moral theology,” the bishop believes that “it is a far greater moral evil for our country to abandon the Paris Climate Accord than to provide contraceptives in federal health centers.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 20, 2020 10:24 PM ET USA

    He writes a partisan advocacy piece that evinces old and wrongheaded thinking. Last week BP, Shell, and Occidental Oil companies pledged zero emissions within the next couple of decades. Shell is building a large solar power plant in Australia. Carbon-capture technologies top their list. The problem with the carbon fuel industry up until now has been mostly one of ignorance: ignorance of correctable consequences of carbon fuel manufacture and use, of carbon-capture technology, of better land use