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A crowd gathers for the 47th Annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (photo: Tia Dufour / Official White House Photo)

A Catholic who claims to be a “Vatican II Catholic” cannot ignore the Council’s explicit teaching that abortion is just “one issue among many.

By John Grondelski, National Catholic Register, October 27, 2020

John Grondelski John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He is especially interested in moral theology and the thought of John Paul II. [Note: All views expressed in his National Catholic Register contributions are exclusively the author’s.]


John GrondelskiAs the 2020 elections go down to the wire, the argument about how Catholics should respond is only getting more vigorous.

That debate was already previewed at last fall’s meeting of the U.S. bishops, when the episcopate issued a letter declaring that “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority.” That language was challenged by several bishops, including Chicago’s Cardinal Blaise Cupich and San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy, who suggested the formulation inclined toward a one-issue politics and was not in keeping with “the magisterium of Pope Francis.”

The effort to change the language failed 69-143, which indicates one-third of the American hierarchy sympathized with the Cupich-McElroy position. …

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