Pro-abortion Catholic Senator Dick Durbin tries to defend himself and his colleagues from charges of not being good Catholics by saying that when you compare their voting records with the legislative priorities outlined by the US bishops’ conference they all come out looking goof. Ted Kennedy, Durbin, and John Kerry, of all people, get scores of over 60 percent. Of course one problem with this is that it puts agricultural policy on the same plane as the murder of innocent children.
There is a hierarchy of truths here and the right to life is the fundamental moral issue. It hearkens back to the old excuse that at least Hitler made the trains run on time.
Part of the blame for this confusion must belong to the bishops’ conference. Because they spend so much time and energy on issues of marginal and debatable importance, it gives pro-abortion politicians political cover. People of goodwill can disagree on immigration policy without violating the Church’s teachings, even if they disagree with the official bishops’ conference policy, but not so with abortion.