Part 2 Of The Interview With Cardinal O’Malley
Cardinal Sean recently took over as chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, and we asked him if he sees the need for changes of tone or style in the way the Church presses the pro-life position.
“The Church does not see this as our trying to impose Catholicism on the general population. We see this as a human rights issue,” he said. “[America’s] foundational documents say the basic rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and it’s an inalienable right, which means you can’t take it away, you can’t give it away…. John Kennedy put it so well in his inaugural address, that these rights come to us from the hand of God…. I think most Americans do not endorse the present abortion on demand and unrestricted and unfettered kind of abortions.”
The Cardinal said, “There’s a lot of room for dialogue and conversations and a greater understanding.” But he added: “The Church I think is doing all of society a great service by saying life is precious and we have to take care of it, and every time the government is moving the goalpost, we’re pushing it back.”
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