Pro-choice Catholics, why are you in the church?

Re: Catholics who accept abortion

How many members of PETA are lobbyists for the fur industry? How many members of the National Rifle Association fight against gun ownership? How many Audubon Society folks advocate strip mining? You'd think the answer would be none because why would anybody voluntarily associate with an organization with whose core principles they do not agree? Seems to me it would be a waste of time, effort and money.

So then, why does it happen in the Catholic Church? Why do so many people who claim to be Catholic attend Mass but will state they're OK with abortion - sorry, that pro-choice mantra "can't impose my values" bit doesn't work - and publicly proclaim they're voting for people who do everything they can to defend the killing of unborn children? By the way, the man re-elected as president of the United States had a large number of Catholic voters backing him. As an Illinois state senator, he voted against a bill on multiple occasions that would have required medical care for a child lucky enough to still be alive after a failed abortion.

If you're reading this and are one of those "pro-choice Catholics," why do you attend Mass? Over many years I've seen you get up and leave when a priest's homily points out the intrinsic evil of abortion and euthanasia. I've heard about the letters those priests receive complaining about those homilies. Do you really think they're going to stop preaching morals? That the church is going to change its position on life? I'll ask the question again. Why would you voluntarily associate with anything when you do not agree with its core principles?

Brad Salmon

Clifton

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2012