Catholic Bishop: Christian Voters “Cannot Support Candidates Who Will Advance Abortion”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 31, 2020   |   1:06PM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic Archbishop Samuel Aquila urged Americans to “embrace the Gospel of Life” last week after the conclusion of the Republican and Democrat national conventions.

Aquila, the archbishop of Denver, Colorado, has been advocating for the rights and protections of unborn babies for years. Four years ago, he also said Catholics, in good conscience, “cannot support candidates who will advance abortions,” Breitbart reports.

On Friday, Aquila posted a meme on Twitter that compared two Catholic speakers featured at the parties’ conventions earlier this month.

“A tale of two nuns. One follows church teaching, one does not. RNC Sister Diedre [Byrne]: As a physician I can unequivocally say life begins at conception. DNC Sister Simone [Campbell]: Abortion is above my pay grade,” the meme stated.

Emphasizing the importance of protecting unborn babies, Aquila said the meme speaks for itself. He also prayed, “Lord, help us embrace the Gospel of Life!”

“This is about Catholic teaching, the seriousness of abortion, & never to be dismissive or flippant with so serious a matter,” Aquila continued. “Catholic public persons & every Catholic has the responsibility to be faithful to the Gospel of Life.”

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The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable, from conception to natural death, and abortion is evil because it kills a unique, living child inside its mother’s womb.

Abortions destroy the lives of nearly 1 million unborn babies every year, and the two major political parties’ views on the matter could not be more opposite.

The Democratic Party supports abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to pay for them. Its presidential candidate, Joe Biden, touts himself as a devout Catholic, but he has abandoned his faith’s teaching on the matter and become even more pro-abortion during his presidential run.

The Democratic National Convention invited Campbell, a liberal Catholic nun, to speak. While she did talking about ending “structural racism, bigotry and sexism so rife now in our nation and in our history,” she did not include unborn babies in her advocacy for the vulnerable. When recently asked about her stance on abortion, Campbell said the issue is “above my pay grade.”

In contrast, the Republican Party recognizes that life begins at conception and supports protecting unborn babies’ lives. President Donald Trump has taken numerous actions to protect unborn babies and the pro-life advocates who are working to save them.

The Republican National Convention featured numerous pro-life advocates, including Abby Johnson, Nick Sandmann and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, as well as Sister Byrne.

In her speech, the pro-life nun described unborn babies as “the largest marginalized group in the world” because of abortion.

“We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb,” Byrne said. “Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. We must ask ourselves: What we are saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless, voiceless life?”