Protecting “the innocent is a matter of justice that imposes an obligation on all members of society,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, adding that abortion is not just another US political issue.
“It is time to stop creating excuses for voting for pro-abortion politicians,” he said.
“I do not see how it is possible to find another issue that can ‘balance’ the devastation of 50 million human beings killed by abortion,” he told Catholic News Service. “There simply is no other moral issue of that magnitude confronting us today. … Catholics should draw a bright line between themselves and abortion by refusing to vote for any candidate who supports abortion rights.”
He added, “We will never build a culture of life by voting for politicians who support a culture of death. It is time we make the right to life non-negotiable.”
Anderson made the comments in response to questions from CNS as a follow-up to his report to the 134th international convention of the Knights of Columbus in Toronto, held between 2nd and 4th August.
In that report, Anderson also highlighted the organisation’s charitable contributions, its protection of Catholic families, the need to defend religious liberty at home and around the world, and the Knights advocacy work on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Regarding abortion, he said that Catholic politicians who support keeping abortion legal are out of touch with many of their Catholic constituents on the issue, he said, noting that “at a rate of three to one, practicing Catholics overwhelmingly agree that abortion is morally wrong.”
“The confusion arises on the question of what to do about it politically,” he continued. “I think some politicians have sought to encourage that confusion by treating the issue of abortion as a matter of faith rather than a matter of justice. Catholic teaching maintains it is always wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being as a requirement of justice.
“And it is science – not faith – that leads us to conclude that the life developing in the mother’s womb is a human being.”
With regard to restrictions on abortion, “the national consensus favours substantially restricting abortion,” Anderson said.
Picture: Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is seen addressing the Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto on 4th August. Abortion is not just any election issue, he said, urging Catholics to “stop creating excuses for voting for pro-abortion politicians.” (CNS photo/courtesy Knights of Columbus).