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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Sept. 2, 2022

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America and, most recently, Three Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist.


By making San Diego’s bishop, Robert McElroy, a cardinal, many pro-life Catholics feel Pope Francis has added significantly to America’s many “soft-on-abortion” bishops.  To be fair to our Catholic bishops, it must be acknowledged that they took an emphatic stand against abortion when the Roe v. Wade ruling of the Supreme Court was handed down in January of 1973.

Protestants, in 1973, waffled.  The more liberal Protestants had no real objection to the ruling.  The more conservative were not sure what they should say.  A few years later, however, conservative Protestants (those calling themselves Evangelical) came to realize that the Court’s endorsement of abortion was one more blow – a very great blow – struck against Christianity, and they soon became leaders in the struggle against abortion. …

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