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US bishops approve supplements to ‘Faithful Citizenship,’ affirm abortion ‘preeminent’ among issues

November 16, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: In a 225-11 vote at their fall meeting, the US bishops approved an introductory note to Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, their document on Catholic teaching and political life.

The introductory note states that “the threat of abortion remains our pre-eminent priority because it directly attacks our most vulnerable and voiceless brothers and sisters and destroys more than a million lives per year in our country alone.”

“Other grave threats to the life and dignity of the human person include euthanasia, gun violence, terrorism, the death penalty, and human trafficking,” the note continues. “There is also the redefinition of marriage and gender, threats to religious freedom at home and abroad, lack of justice for the poor, the suffering of migrants and refugees, wars and famines around the world, racism, the need for greater access to healthcare and education, care for our common home, and more. All threaten the dignity of the human person.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 17, 2023 6:12 PM ET USA

    While the life of unborn children must be pre-eminent, I would put warmongering in second place. The unjust loss of life of young adults in wars of economic and ideological colonization, not to mention the misuse of taxpayer money, must be considered by politicians before they consign our country's or another country's younger citizens to wars of ethnic cleansing, ideological expansionism (e.g., the agendas of unnatural vice, abortion, "exceptionalism"), and perpetual anarchy in foreign nations.

  • Posted by: miketimmer499385 - Nov. 16, 2023 9:37 AM ET USA

    I'm certain that I can't be alone in wishing to know if my bishop was among the 11 nays and 7 abstentions.