Catholic Priest, Nun Will Pray at Democrat Convention Despite Party Supporting Abortion

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 17, 2020   |   4:59PM   |   Washington, DC

The Democratic National Convention has an odd line-up of speakers, given its radical pro-abortion platform.

These include Father James Martin, a pro-life Catholic priest, Sister Simone Campbell, a Catholic nun, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who was raised Catholic and says he is pro-life. Their participation in the convention is being met with criticism by both pro-life advocates and abortion activists because of the party’s support for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

Martin, a priest and the editor-at-large of America Magazine, and Campbell, the executive director of the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, both are scheduled to give prayers at the convention, according to the Catholic News Agency. Kasich is scheduled to speak Monday.

“Normally I shy away from anything overtly political, but it’s hard to turn down a request to pray,” Martin told the National Catholic Reporter.

He said he plans to pray for unborn babies and other marginalized groups. Martin said his hope is that, by praying at the convention, he will encourage people to “build a more welcoming nation.”

“I will be praying for a respect for the sanctity of all human life and for a nation in which all are welcome,” he wrote on Twitter. “And if the Republicans invite me, I’ll pray the same prayer.”

For Campbell, the invitation is not as big of a surprise. She also spoke at the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016, according to CNA. In 2016, she praised abortion activist Ilyse Hogue of NARAL for sharing on the convention stage how she aborted her unborn baby, the report states.

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“From my perspective, I don’t think it’s a good policy to outlaw abortion,” Campbell told Democracy Now at the time. She said society should “focus on economic development for women and economic opportunity. That’s what really makes the change.”

Reducing abortions, whether through law or economic opportunity, does not seem to be Democrat leaders’ goal. The proposed 2020 Democratic Party platform calls for polices that would expand abortions by codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law and forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions. It also supports aborting unborn babies without restriction and restoring taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain.

These positions directly contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church and the calls by U.S. Catholic bishops to make protections for unborn babies a “preeminent priority” at the voting booth. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is evil, and every human life, from conception to natural death, is valuable.

Some pro-life Catholics are therefore questioning Martin’s and Campbell’s decision to participate in the convention.

Meanwhile, abortion activists are criticizing Kasich’s invitation to speak at the convention because he is pro-life.

During the convention, Democrats are expected to nominate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as their presidential team. If elected, Biden would be “the most pro-abortion president in history,” pro-life Democrat leaders said in a recent piece at the Wall Street Journal.

His support of taxpayer-funded elective abortions alone could lead to more than 60,000 more dead unborn babies each year, according to research by Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Even more unborn babies could be killed if he succeeds in restoring funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, as he promised to do.

Biden also said he is committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and to reversing “the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.” He promised to “work to codify Roe v. Wade.” The infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.