Abortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops

Religion News Service | 11/13/2019 | Staff
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BALTIMORE (RNS) — Global warming is an important issue but not urgent, said the leader of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Abortion, on the other hand, is their preeminent priority.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the outgoing president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who was succeeded by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez at the conclusion of the group’s three-day meeting in Baltimore, gave his comments on global warming in response to a question from Religion News Service at a news conference Monday (Nov. 11).

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At the meeting, the bishops also approved a letter saying that “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives it destroys.”

In their letter, the bishops clearly indicated that they see abortion as the most important issue, although, they added, “We cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty.”

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The letter will be distributed with the reissuing of their 2015 statement on political responsibility, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The documents are the bishops’ attempt to guide the political actions of Catholics, including voting in the 2020 election cycle.

At the meeting, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago attempted to insert into the letter a paragraph from Pope Francis’ encyclical “Gaudete et Exsultate.”

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In the paragraph, the pope criticized the “ideological error” of believing that “the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend.”

“Our defense of innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate,” continued the pope. “Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert...
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