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Environment, other issues beyond abortion are critical in voting, Kentucky bishop says

September 15, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Referring to the US bishops’ statement on faithful citizenship, Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington, said, “I do understand the logic of [abortion] being preeminent, because without the right to life, the other human rights don’t come into existence ... But unfortunately, it gives people the permission to think it’s the only one that matters.” He added that one could argue that ecology is the preeminent election issue, because “without the environment to sustain human life, you can’t have human life.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 16, 2020 9:38 PM ET USA

    From the cited: "a participant asked about the wording on abortion as 'our preeminent priority' in the U.S. bishops' election-year guide on voting...Stowe said he voted against the inclusion of that language at the November 2019 bishops' meeting, calling it 'a step backward' and confusing for Catholics." This prelate is as condescending as they come. Which political party constantly harps about "single-issue voters", without evidence? Not all Catholics are as naive/uninformed as Stowe implies.