Bishops speak out

89 Catholic Bishops Speak Out: In This
Election, Abortion is the Defining Issue

Contact: Sue Cyr, 972-602-1462,

DALLAS, October 28 /Christian Newswire/ —
"As Election Day nears, more and more U.S. Catholic bishops – 89, at
latest count – are proclaiming that in this election, Catholic voters
must make abortion their defining issue," says Sue Cyr, head of the Ad
Hoc Committee in Support of Our Bishops.  "That means not voting for

"All Catholics need to hear these bishops’ voices," says Mrs. Cyr,
"especially those whose favorite candidates are pro-abortion.  They
need to listen to the following bishops.  We’ve provided the bishops’
contact data for the convenience of the news media."

1) Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the
Vatican:  "Catholics who support pro-abortion candidates participate in
a grave evil. They must show a change of heart and be sacramentally
reconciled or refrain from receiving Holy Communion."

"At this point the Democratic Party risks transforming itself
definitely into a ‘party of death.’"

Office telephone:

2) Bishop Robert Hermann, Administrator, Archdiocese of St.
Louis: "Save our children! How can a so-called good Catholic vote for a
candidate that supports laws that take the life of innocent children,
when there is an alternative?… Save our children! How can a so-called
good Catholic vote for a candidate that supports laws that justify the
killing of a child that survived a botched abortion? How can such a
so-called good Catholic receive the Holy Eucharist?" (column, Oct. 10,

Archdiocese:  314.633.2222 or 314.792.7000

3) Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth: 
"…there are no ‘truly grave moral’ or ‘proportionate’ reasons,
singularly or combined, that could outweigh the millions of innocent
human lives that are directly killed by legal abortion each year.  To
vote for a candidate who supports the intrinsic evil of abortion or
‘abortion rights’ when there is a morally acceptable alternative would
be to cooperate in the evil — and, therefore, morally impermissible."

Diocese of Dallas:  (214) 528-2240

Diocese of Fort Worth:  (817) 560-3300

4) Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of Denver:  "In the
United States in 2008, abortion is an acceptable form of homicide… If
you vote this way [for a candidate who supports or promotes abortion],
are you cooperating in evil? And if you know you are cooperating in
evil, should you go to confession? The answer is yes."

"So I think that people who claim that the abortion struggle is
‘lost’ as a matter of law, or that supporting an outspoken defender of
legal abortion is somehow ‘pro-life,’ are not just wrong; they’re
betraying the witness of every person who continues the work of
defending the unborn child.  And I hope they know how to explain that,
because someday they’ll be required to."

Archbishop’s office:  303-715-3129

5) Bishop Rene H. Gracida, retired bishop of Corpus Christi:  "This
is Bishop Rene H. Gracida, reminding all Catholics that they must vote
in this election with an informed conscience. A Catholic cannot be said
to have voted in this election with a good conscience if they have
voted for a pro-abortion candidate. Barack Hussein Obama is a
pro-abortion candidate." (radio ad, Oct. 2008))  (Download radio spot
in English and Spanish at

6) Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops:  "[I]t is a correct
judgment of conscience that we would commit moral evil if we were to
vote for a candidate who takes a permissive stand on those actions that
are intrinsically evil when there is a morally-acceptable
alternative."  Office:  913-722-6633

7) Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J.:  "Certainly policies on
welfare, national security, the war in Iraq, Social Security or taxes,
taken singly or in any combination, do not provide a proportionate
reason to vote for a pro-abortion candidate."

Archdiocesan Communications: (973) 497-4190

8) Bishop Robert W. Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph:  "But,
again and again, I am asked, ‘Can a Catholic vote for the candidate who
is perhaps the most extreme in favor of abortion, even if they promote
other policies which we judge to be good?’…

When a candidate supports ready access to abortion on demand, they
are inviting Catholics to put aside their conscience on this life and
death issue. Such a candidate is inviting conscientious Catholics to
look elsewhere for moral leadership."

Diocese:  Phone: 816.756.1850 | Toll-Free: 800.246.1850

9) Cardinal Edward Egan of New York City:  "Do me a favor. Look at
the photograph [of a 20-week preborn baby] again. Look and decide with
honesty and decency what the Lord expects of you and me as the horror
of ‘legalized’ abortion continues to erode the honor of our nation.
Look, and do not absolve yourself if you refuse to act."

Archdiocesan Media Relations:  1-212-371-1011 Ext. 2990

10) Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (A
Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, 1998): 

Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of
racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health
care…But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong
choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the
failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages
renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other
matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human
community. (sec. 23) –

11) Bishop Robert F. Vasa of the Diocese of Baker, Ore.:  "When we
have someone who [supports legal abortion] then the other issues, in
many ways, do not matter because they are already wrong on that
absolutely fundamental issue."

Diocese:  541-388-4004

12) Bishop Joseph Martino, Diocese of Scranton, Pa.:  "No social
issue has caused the death of 50 million people [as abortion has]. 
This is madness, people." (to parish forum)

"Our Lord, Jesus Christ, does not ask us to… take up his Cross
only to have us leave it at the voting booth door… Let us continue to
speak the language of love and affirm the right of every human being to
have the value of his or her life, from conception to natural death,
respected to the highest degree." (pastoral letter, Respect Life
Sunday, 2008)
Scranton Diocesan Chancery:  570-207-2238

Mrs. Cyr says, "This election presents a stark contrast between a
pro-life candidate and one who is the most pro-abortion Presidential
candidate in American history.  Barack Obama has pledged that his first
act as President would be to sign a bill that would undo all the
pro-life legislative protections for abortion-targeted preborn babies
that pro-lifers have gained in the last 35 years."

"Barack Obama," she continues, "has also promised to appoint only
pro-abortion nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.  That would entrench
abortion on demand for another whole generation.  That would be a
disaster for our country and a death sentence for millions more
innocent babies."

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