To the editor:
The magisterium of the Church teaches that all life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. Certainly, abortion is the premiere issue. If we do not respect life at its conception, how can we respect it in its later development?
However, while I applaud those Catholics committed to the rights of the unborn, I wonder if they could spare some of that fervor on behalf of the other life issues. The church in the United States has been second to none regarding its condemnation of abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, unjust war, homelessness, poverty, racism, torture, and numerous other social justice problems. And yet, a segment of our Catholic community is critical of the episcopate and the USCCB for its lack of national leadership, especially regarding abortion.
It is obvious to me that those who are critical have not taken the time to research the efforts of the bishops and the clear unequivocal teachings of the Bishops’ Conference. It is also clear to me that these individuals are not interested in the total teaching of the church, but only that which they feel is important. My message to them is this: One cannot pick and choose. If you are “Catholic” you must support the entire Magisterium, without exception; otherwise, you are not “Catholic.”
Robert J. DiFulio