Catholic Writer: Church Will Face Huge Abortion Split if Barack Obama Wins

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Writer: Church Will Face Huge Abortion Split if Barack Obama Wins

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 8
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A prominent Catholic writer says he’s concerned the Catholic Church will experience a huge split on abortion should Barack Obama win. Deal Hudson also believes an Obama win would wake up pro-life Catholics to the growing pro-abortion dissident presence within Catholic society.

The split had already manifested itself with so-called pro-life advocates like Douglas Kmiec and Nicholas Cafardi beating down the doors for Obama.

They’ve done so despite the fact that Obama is perhaps the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in modern times — favoring legal abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and willing to sign a bill overturn every pro-life abortion limit in all 50 states.

Should Obama win, Hudson writes that, "Many Catholics will finally realize, and admit to, the power of the political left in their Church. This will lead to a stark red state, blue state divide among Catholics in the U.S., which will be wider and deeper than what we presently see."

"The average Catholic has always been resistant to seeing the instutionalized dissent, political liberalism, and Democratic Party alignment that exists throughout the Church in this country," he says.

Hudson says that dissent comes in the form of a network whose center starts at the USCCB and "extends through chanceries, universities (especially Jesuit), Catholic organizations, and Catholic media."

"This network has become very adept at cloaking its dissent, its political intentions, and its disdain for the agenda of John Paul II and Benedict XVI," he explains. "There are a growing number of Catholics willing to believe it because of this election."

Hudson points to anecdotal evidence ranging from priests preaching the virtues of Obama from the pulpit to parishes where Respect Life Sunday was ignored — things that have left pro-life Catholics "shaking their heads in disbelief."

While pro-life Catholics are encouraged by the record number of bishops speaking out in defense of human life and holding pro-abortion politicians accountable, "Catholics wonder about the rest, the other 200 or so" who say and do nothing.

"I don’t celebrate the division I see ahead. I was hoping that establishment dissent would simply die out, but the Obama campaign has provided an avenue for the vigorous reassertion of its clout," Hudson writes. "Without serious leadership, serious division will be the result."

Hudson has always believed the claims that Obama will reduce abortions are fanciful but he warns Catholics who have a stomach for the abortion advocate: "If he is elected I will hope that his Catholic supporters help keep him focused on this promise."

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