To the Editor:
The USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) has stated that: “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.”
They go on to say: “At the same time we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty.”
I Googled the definition of preeminent, and it is seen universally to mean “surpassing all others” (Oxford English), “more important or powerful than all others” (Cambridge Dictionary), “having paramount rank, dignity, or importance” (Merriam-Webster).
The bishops believe that all life is equally important, as does Pope Francis, however, because abortions directly attack life itself, and they take place within the sanctuary of the family and because of the number of lives destroyed by abortion; the Bishops have prioritized abortion as the one issue surpassing all other social issues.
The bishops went on to say that we can bring our “faith and consistent moral framework to contribute to important work in our communities, nations, and world, on an ongoing basis, not just during election season.”
Although the letter, to the Banner, of Oct. 13, “The Choice for Catholic Voters,” was well written; it left out these important quotes from the bishops’ letter, and thus appeared to be trying to blur the lines for Catholics on this issue.
I think it is clear. Words are important, they have meaning. The threat of abortion is the preeminent priority for a world that believes in the dignity of all.