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Bishop Tobin: I won’t vote for pro-abortion candidates

October 30, 2008

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In an October 29 diocesan newspaper column, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence writes that he will not vote for pro-abortion candidates in the upcoming election. Bishop Tobin quotes with approval Cardinal Francis George’s recent statement that ‘too many Americans have no recognition of the fact that children continue to be killed by abortion and we live, therefore, in a country drenched by blood. This can’t be something you start playing off pragmatically against other issues.’ The Rhode Island bishop then states that ‘faithful Catholics may in good conscience vote for a pro-abortion candidate if: they’re voting for the candidate for serious moral reasons other than their pro-abortion stance; and if, there are no other viable options.’

He concludes, ‘I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I could never vote for a candidate-- of any party for any office-- who supports laws that promote or allow the death of thousands of children in the hideous crime of abortion. I just don’t want that on my conscience.’


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