Catholic Church leaders are becoming increasingly vocal in their insistence that Catholic politicians stop supporting the legalized killing of human beings in abortions and euthanasia. And one bishops words on Catholic politicians and abortions are something Joe Biden should pay attention to closely.
Speaking Saturday during a meeting of Latin American bishops, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life said Catholic politicians are making a “great mistake” when they promote life-destroying legislation, the Catholic News Service reports.
“The Church is very clear in this regard. It is a response from the Catechism. It is a great mistake to promote legislation on abortion and euthanasia,” Paglia said.
Latin American countries are facing intense international pressure from abortion activists to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Meanwhile, some of the most prominent Catholic politicians in the United States, including Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, are openly advocating for abortions both in the U.S. and abroad.
Paglia did not mention any names or political parties, but he said politicians have a duty to protect the most vulnerable, including babies in the womb.
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The archbishop said that political leaders should try to improve “bad and sinful legislation” and added that “politicians, both Christians and other politicians, have to hear the validity of supporting and aiding the lives of all, and especially of the most fragile.”
Of that obligation, Paglia, said, “there is no doubt.”
Later, when asked about consequences for Catholic politicians who openly defy church teachings about the sanctity of human life, Paglia said the focus should be on their salvation, not punishments.
“We are interested in the clarity of condemning the error but we must do everything to convert the one who errs, to help save him,” the archbishop said. “The Church has a great responsibility so that its members, first of all, convert to the Gospel of life, to the beauty of life. It is important that we avoid the dirty work of death and carry out the beautiful work of life.”
Many other Catholic leaders in the U.S. and abroad also are urging Catholics to stand up for the sanctity of every human life, born and unborn. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is emphasizing the “threat of abortion” in their voting guide for Catholics in 2020.
In January, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pro-life committee, said protecting unborn babies’ right to life is the “preeminent” social problem of modern times.
Bishop Robert Deeley, of Portland, Maine, made a similar statement over the weekend in his homily, according to CNA.
“Our decision as to how we vote should be grounded in our care for each other, and particularly for those who are most needy,” Deeley said. “… Respect for the dignity of each human person is the core of Catholic social and moral teaching. The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.”
Other bishops have urged Christians to dedicate time to pray daily for an end to abortion this summer. And last year, a South Carolina priest denied communion to Biden because of his pro-abortion stance. Biden, who claims to be Catholic, supports abortions without limits and wants to force taxpayers to fund them.