Catholic Bishop Says Abortion Just as Bad as Lynchings Because “Both Involve the Killing of Innocent Human Beings”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 12, 2021   |   7:25PM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone compared the moral depravity of aborting an unborn baby to the lynchings of African Americans in the South in a recent interview, saying both involve “the killing of innocent human beings.”

CNS News reports the San Francisco archbishop spoke about how both racism and abortion devalue human beings in an interview with America magazine.

“[A] racial slur is racist,” he told magazine Nov. 9. “It’s wrong, but it’s not as bad as segregation, which is not as bad as lynching.”

Cordileone continued: “We’re horrified to think that this was tolerated and condoned in the pre-civil rights South, right? Well, abortion is at the same level of lynching because they both involve the killing of innocent human beings.”

The archbishop brought up the comparison while addressing criticism that the Catholic Church focuses too much on abortion. He explained that some issues have a higher priority because they are greater moral crises.

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“I hear criticism from some people that ‘the bishops are laser-focused on abortion; it’s the only thing that’s important to them; everything is invested there,’” Cordileone said. “Well, first of all, in terms of investment, the church invests far more resources in programs to give immediate assistance to the poor than it does for the cause of respect for life in the womb.”

He said abortion is a “pre-eminent” issue today. At another point in the interview, Cordileone described abortion as a “bloodbath” that has destroyed nearly 63 million unborn babies’ lives since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

“This is a very serious issue,” Cordileone said. “Since Roe, more than 60 million babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs. I mean, it’s a bloodbath, not to mention the mothers who have been harmed and dealing with those scars, those emotional scars and psychological scars, and very often are not allowed to even talk about it.”

Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted every year in the United States. Each baby was a unique, living human being who almost certainly had a beating heart before they were killed in the abortion.