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Abortion: American bishops denounce an “extreme and misleading” campaign

Publié le : 22 September 2016

A media campaign launched by the “Catholics pro choice” association in the United States has fuelled lively reactions amongst American bishops. Members of the association using the slogan “Abortion in good faith” are presenting themselves as “pro-abortion” Catholics in more than twenty local and national newspapers.

 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has evaluated this campaign as  “extreme” and “misleading”. “Abortion kills the most defenceless among us, harms women and tears at the heart of families”, he pointed out. He also denounced this association, created in 1974 and already condemned in the past, which has “no affiliation with the Church” and which is “financed by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control”[1]. The use of the name ‘Catholic’ “as a platform to promote the taking of innocent human life is offensive not only to Catholics, but to all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse”.

 

Other bishops have responded in the State of Texas: “Catholic social teaching is based on – and inseparable from – our concept of human life and human dignity”, and in Minnesota.

 

[1] This association is financed primarily by the Sunnen Foundation, “a private foundation based in Missouri which is also involved in financing American family planning associations, amongst others”

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