by Steven Ertelt
November 15, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life organizations are welcoming the new document the nation’s Catholic bishops have prepared regarding abortion, pro-life issues and voting in the 2008 elections. They say the bishops were right to place pro-life concerns at the top of the list of political topics for Catholic voters.
Fr. Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life who was present during the deliberations over the new document, told LifeNews.com he "welcomes" the statement.
Pavone said it provides "concrete guidance to Catholics and other Americans about their responsibilities in the political arena."
“The bishops point out, and we echo, that the direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life – by abortion, for instance — is always wrong and is not just one issue among many," he explained.
"If we do not welcome and protect the tiniest children, how can we welcome immigrants and the poor?" Pavone said. "If we cannot protect our children from the abortionists’ forceps, how can we protect ourselves from the terrorists’ bombs?”
Meanwhile, the Cardinal Newman Society praised the bishops for developing new guidelines for chastity education and urged Catholic colleges to make chastity “the cornerstone of Catholic campus life.”
“It’s exciting and encouraging to see that the U.S. bishops are seeking to reinforce Catholic schools’ and parishes’ commitment to Catholic teaching on chastity,” said Dawn Eden of CNS’s Love and Responsibility Program.
“Too many Catholic colleges forgo their responsibility to reveal the truth of the Church’s teachings on chastity,” Eden said. “Only that truth will set students free to live out their vocations in Christ, whether in lifelong marriage or the religious life. Chastity ought to be the cornerstone of Catholic campus life.”