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Letter: Not 'just' an issue

Abortion -- "just another issue" in regard to Catholic social concerns? Let's tell it like it is; it is murder and should be given top priority.

How did the word abortion, in our nation's churches, become so diluted that thousands of Catholics vote for pro-death politicians? Something is terribly wrong and, with great sadness of heart, I fault a vast number of priests and bishops for failing to inform their parishioners that casting a vote for such an intrinsic evil is a mortal sin.

Every Sunday, in countless churches across America, we pray for an end to war, we pray for the poor, the unemployed and, always, we pray for peace. All well and good, but rarely do we pray for babies in the womb; it has become the "quiet" death. The seamless garment has a hole in it that will never be mended until we end the killing fields of abortion. And, we want to be a nation of peace?

We have a grave, moral obligation to protect and defend the most defenseless, even if it be a great cost to ourselves. Failure to do so will be at our own peril.

Abortion is the systematic and deliberate destruction of the totally innocent. And, as Pope John Paul II said, "Above all the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights - for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right, is not defended with maximum determination" (Christifides Laici, 1988).

Abortion, "just another issue?"