Abortion Should be Catholic Voters' Top Priority

Abortion Should be Catholic Voters' Top Priority
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When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held its annual fall meeting, the biggest news from its deliberations was the disagreement between several members over whether it is right to describe the issue of abortion as the “preeminent priority” for U.S. Catholics.

As bishops crafted an introductory letter to accompany “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the U.S.C.C.B.’s document on voting, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego spoke in favor of adding a paragraph to clarify that Pope Francis views a number of other social issues as holding the same moral importance as abortion.

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