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Courtesy Photo On the grounds of St. Matthew Church in Ravenswood, the new “Baby Unborn” memorial stone sits in front of a sea of little white crosses in memory of unborn babies lost to abortion. The crosses were placed for National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children Sept. 12. The parish will hold a 1 p.m. prayer service that day at the church.

There are many issues that Catholics should be concerned about, but that does not mean that some issues are not more pressing than other ones.

By Michael Warsaw, Publisher, EWTN, September 18, 2020

Michael Warsaw Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, and the Publisher of the National Catholic Register.

Michael Warsaw

We are now less than 50 days from the Nov. 3 election, and as Catholics take this time to discern which issues should be our priority when we vote, one issue always seems to come to the fore: abortion.

That should hardly be surprising, as abortion — among all of the issues in our country — is unique: both in its prevalence and in its taking of completely innocent lives.

Still, some Catholics try to downplay the importance of this issue.

Those who support pro-abortion candidates often point to the importance of other issues to justify that support. Some may reference the “seamless garment” approach, which looks at a basket of issues that affect human life, and then argue that abortion is just one of those important issues.  …