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Monday, March 20, 2017

Catholic Bishops Criticize Pro-Abortion Politicians: You Are Outside Church Teachings

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

The Catholic bishops’ outcry against politicians who support abortion and assisted suicide is growing louder.

A group of New Mexico bishops recently issued a strong statement urging Catholic lawmakers to stop using their faith to justify their support of abortion and assisted suicide, The Catholic Herald reports.

“This misrepresents church teaching and creates a public scandal for the faithful. Furthermore, this action publicly separates a person from communion with the Catholic faith,” the bishops said in the statement.
They said they “are concerned by public statements by some legislators that seem to say that a faithful Catholic can support abortion or doctor-assisted suicide.”
Abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are “the direct taking of human life, and are always wrong,” they continued.
“Proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most effective way to change hearts and minds so that one day the scourge of abortion will be eliminated,” the bishops said. “Our message is consistent: All human life is sacred, from the moment of conception to natural death, and must be protected.”
New Mexico Archbishop John C. Wester, retired Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, Bishop Oscar Cantu, retired Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, and Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup signed the statement, according to the report.

The Catholic news outlet speculated that the statement could be in response to two state lawmakers, Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero and Sen. Ortiz Pino, who describe themselves as Catholic but vote against life-protecting legislation.

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