Here are the fruits of decades of bishops failing to hold people accountable.
Fourteen Catholic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate supported a failed attempt to pass a sweeping new abortion law that threatened to override states’ pro-life laws and remove restrictions on abortion up to the point of birth, in some cases.
- Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
- Bob Casey, D-Penn.
- Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.
- Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
- Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
- Tim Kaine, D-Va.
- Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.
- Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
- Ray Luján, D-N.M. who was absent for the actual vote, but was a co-sponsor of the bill.
- Ed Markey, D-Mass.
- Bob Menendez, D-N.J.
- Patty Murray, D-Wash.
- Alex Padilla, D-Calif.
- Jack Reed, D-R.I.
Their support of the defeated bill, called the Women’s Health Protection Act, placed them sharply at odds with the clear teaching of their Catholic faith, which strictly prohibits abortion and condemns efforts to promote it. Church leaders and Catholic pro-life advocates were quick to criticize the senators’ votes after the measure was defeated on Feb. 28.
“Catholics are tired of seeing their faith used as a political football on the campaign trail, then thrown aside by Catholic political figures when they need to vote along the party line against the Church’s most fundamental moral teachings,” Joshua Mercer, the communications director for CatholicVote, said Monday.
“One of the standout examples tonight was Sen. Bob Casey, a self-proclaimed Catholic who has again and again presented himself to Catholic voters as pro-life.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, took to Twitter to denounce that state’s two Democrat senators — Jack Reed, a Catholic, and Sheldon Whitehouse — for supporting what Bishop Tobin called a “very extreme pro-abortion bill.”
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