The following comes from an August 2 Catholic News Agency article:
Catholics need to stop voting for pro-abortion politicians, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told an international gathering of the Knights of Columbus.
“Pope Francis has emphasized how important it is for Catholics to be engaged in the political process,” Anderson said Aug 2 to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus meeting in Toronto. “His words regarding the importance of Catholics being faithful citizens are especially important for us.”
Anderson said politics does not mean partisanship, but a stand for the common good and for moral and religious values that make free, democratic institutions possible.
Foremost among these values, he said, is “the equal dignity of every human life and the right of every person to freely practice their religion.”
He reflected on the political question of whether one should support a candidate attractive for many reasons but who supports abortion.
“Some partisan advocates have sought to excuse support for pro-abortion candidates through a complex balancing act. They claim other issues are important enough to offset a candidate’s support for abortion,” he said.
“But the right to abortion is not just another political issue,” Anderson said. “It is in reality a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths.”
He noted that 40 million is a figure greater than the entire population of Canada.
“What political issue could possibly outweigh this human devastation?” he asked. “The answer, of course, is that there is none.”