Catholic Bishops Invite Barack Obama, John McCain to Mtg to Discuss Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Bishops Invite Barack Obama, John McCain to Mtg to Discuss Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 17
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s Catholic bishops have invited presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama to a meeting prior to the November elections. They hope to talk with the candidates about a number of political issues such as abortion.

The meeting invitations were extended in August, prior to the recent controversies involving Obama running mate Joe Biden, who indicated human life begins at conception but he would never make that public policy.

Catholic bishops corrected him at the time and said that "personally opposed, but" position stands outside the pro-life teachings of the Church.

Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, told the Wall St. Journal that the bishops want to have a chance to give input on policies including abortion and other political issues.

Bishop Murphy told the newspaper the meetings are private and off the record, and they are not meant to excoriate any candidate about views contrary to the Catholic teachings.

"This isn’t born of any concern or worry or problem," Bishop Murphy told the Journal.

"We think it would be helpful for us to have that time and we think it would be helpful for the candidates to hear from the teachers of the Catholic Church … as to what our concerns are," he added.

This appears to be one of the first times that the Catholic bishops have asked for a chance to sit down with the candidates and go over public policy.

Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, USCCB director of media relations, told the newspaper that neither candidate has replied to the requests.

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