To back President Trump because of his claims to be ‘pro-life’ is to suffer from ‘almost wilful ignorance’ – according to Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky.
The NCR has reported that In an international online seminar on July 31st, Bishop Stowe insisted that Catholics should listen to the definition given by Pope Francis of what ‘pro-life’ means.
“He basically tells us we can’t claim to be pro-life if we support the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border, if we support exposing people at the border to COVID-19 because of the facilities that they’re in, if we support denying people who have need for adequate health care access to health care, if we keep people from getting the housing or the education that they need, we cannot call ourselves pro-life.”
US bishops are divided on whether the single issue of abortion should determine a voter’s choice in the US presidential election in November 2020. Many have criticised the US president for his policy on immigration, especially in relation to the long US border with Mexico – while there is also a view that abortion is largely driven by social deprivation in a vastly unequal US society that Trump’s Republican party has done nothing to overcome.
The webinar (world wide web seminar), on the topic of the church’s future after 2020, was hosted by the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, or ICMICA-Pax Romana, a global lay community of Catholic intellectuals.
For the complete NCR report, click here.