If National Catholic Reporter editor Heidi Schlumpf’s goal was to create an uproar, she certainly did when she published a piece claiming pro-abortion Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “the future of the Catholic Church.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a New York representative, is a radical pro-abortion politician who has no qualms about calling herself a socialist. She supports abortion on demand and wants to force taxpayers to pay for it. She also has voiced support for forcing Catholic hospitals to provide elective procedures that violate their faith.
Last week, Schlumpf praised Ocasio-Cortez for highlighting the “Catholic values” of “dignity and respect” during a speech on the House floor. Ocasio-Cortez was responding to allegations that another representative called her a sexist slur.
However, the editor ignored how many of the congresswoman’s actions directly oppose Catholic teachings.
“If executive editor Heidi Schlumpf is correct that a pro-abortion socialist who insulted one of the most courageous and compassionate modern saints is the new poster child for Catholics, God help us,” The Federalist writer Carina Benton responded Friday.
Benton slammed the op-ed for prioritizing “left ‘rock-star’ politicians over scripture.”
“The defense of the unborn is not some minor issue of liturgical detail,” she wrote. “It goes to the heart of how we love one another and therefore God, by protecting the weakest and most vulnerable.”
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Protection of the unborn has always been central to church teaching. The earliest Christian communities condemned the pagan practice of abortion and even infanticide. The Didache, a Christian text written within decades of Jesus’ life, makes clear that early Christians regarded abortion as murder. Today, late-term abortion laws in states such as New York are not progressive. They are taking our civilization back to the most destructive trends of the ancient world, a grim world into which Christ brought a message of truth, life, and hope.
Writing at the National Catholic Register, Mary FioRito, a former colleague of Schlumpf’s, was equally appalled.
She pointed out how Schlumpf praised Ocasio-Cortez for railing “against the ‘dehumanizing’ of others and instead called for treating people with dignity and respect.” Yet, “the unborn have no place in AOC’s world of ‘inclusion and diversity,’” FioRito wrote.
She said Ocasio-Cortez has a 100% pro-abortion voting record from NARAL and she proudly opposes the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits tax dollars from funding elective abortions.
The congresswoman also “seems perfectly comfortable with compelling” Catholic hospitals to do procedures that they oppose, including abortions, physician-assisted suicide and sex reassignment surgeries, FioRito said.
“Considering AOC’s benighted view of this clear Catholic vision, and her contrary position on so many issues important to Catholics, if she were the future of the Church, then God help us all. The Church as we know it would cease to exist,” she concluded.
Ocasio-Cortez supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions, a practice that has destroyed more than 62 million lives in America. If she succeeds in forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, tens of thousands more unborn children could be killed in abortions each year.
Unlike Ocasio-Cortez, the Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable, from conception to natural death, and abortion is a grave moral evil because it destroys an innocent unborn child.