Well, of course it is way more serious. Yet the latest (and certainly not the last) story in the mainstream press about the U.S. Bishops’ strategy for dealing with pro-abortion, “Catholic” politicians would lead you to believe otherwise.
Three years after a few outspoken U.S. Roman Catholic bishops tied together presidential politics, abortion and the Communion rail, leaders of the nation’s largest denomination are starting to speak out again. Only this time, the political climate is much different.
The Catholic presidential hopeful under criticism for championing abortion rights is a Republican instead of a Democrat, the general election might pit two candidates who believe abortion should remain legal, Democrats control both chambers of Congress and immigration reform has surfaced as a major issue.
Yet abortion also could share the spotlight with immigration. U.S. bishops have called for “comprehensive reform” that highlights immigrants’ contributions and promotes a pathway to citizenship, and many have been vocal about it.
“Those bishops who did not feel represented by what some of their brother bishops were saying in ’04 feel this is their opportunity to correct public impressions, to remind people the church is not a one-issue faction,” he said.
We have seen this act before. Last election cycle, those who did not want to dwell upon a candidate’s pro-abortion record because he or she happened to be in their preferred political party took refuge in the dodge that goes something like this: “Well, he is so good on other “Catholic” issues, like redistribution of wealth, socialized medicine, death penalty, and world peace!” (To the reader: it really helps if you re-read that last sentence in a Jeff Spicoli [from Fast Times at Ridgemont High] accent–try it!).
So, advocating, supporting, and voting for the wholesale slaughter of millions of babies, and further ensuring that Judges are placed on Courts to block any attempt to stop the slaughter is OK, as long as one raises the minimum wage by 50 cents?
Hence, the new issue to be added to the seamless garment litany of excuses for pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians is comprehensive immigration reform. Now, regardless the merits of such a cause–and these merits are not the subject of this post– the issue cannot touch the moral seriousness of abortion. Archbishop Burke made this case quite well in his guide on Catholic voting principles, and is worth another read.
Thus, be prepared for the usual tirades of the media against the Church when brave bishops stand up for life against the temporal powers. And be ready for those who will make peace with the world instead. Immigration is just one more excuse to dodge the fight.