In one of the most powerful election statements ever made by any Catholic leader in America to date, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila declared that Catholics cannot support candidates who are pro-abortion in good conscience – including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Elaborating on his bold election statement, Aquila called out the extremist abortion platform divulged at this summer’s Democratic National Convention – when Clinton officially accepted her party’s nomination to run for the White House.
“Democrats are aggressively pro-abortion [because they push taxpayer funding of abortions and because they will appoint judges who support abortion]”, the archbishop argued. He was alluding specifically to Clinton, who is spearheading the most extremist pro-abortion agenda in the history of the Democratic Party.
Besides their push to federally fund abortion and their vow to put abortion activists on the bench of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), the Catholic leader points out that Democrats are positioned to take the lives of innocent preborn children on numerous fronts – at all cost.
“Archbishop Aquila also complains about how Democrats are pushing to overturn the Helms Amendment, which prevents forcing taxpayers from promoting and performing abortions in other countries,” Life News reports. “Archbishop Aquila also blasted Democrats for promoting the Obamacare mandate that forces groups like The Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby to pay for abortions and violate their own consciences.”
Aquila reportedly proceeded to show the dichotomy between the pro-death platform embraced by the Democratic Party and the pro-life platform championed by the Republican Party.
“On the other hand, the Catholic leader praises the Republican Party platform for opposing taxpayer funding of abortion and defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, as well as opposing dismemberment abortions and assisted suicide,” he continued.
True Christians vote pro-life
It was further noted by Aquila that despite the proclivity of some Christians to cast their ballots in accordance with their worldview on other issues – such as providing for the needs of the poor – those who truly call themselves Christians must stand against the killing of preborn children at all times.
The pro-life advocate then shared more of his voting statement, touching on the political question that more people of faith have asked him this year than during any other election year that he can remember … who he is voting for. The topic came up recently during a dinner discussion he was having with a group of Catholics – some of whom supported Clinton … and others who backed Trump.
When everyone at the archbishop’s table sat anxiously anticipating his answer to help shine more light on their intense debate, he offered the following wisdom that he spoke about in his election statement.
“First, I shared my aversion for both candidates,” Aquila recounted. “Then I said that they need to reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues. Everyone at the table knew well the teaching of the Church on life and the dignity of life. They knew that Catholics in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion. All pretty much agreed that, when it comes to life issues, Catholic politicians on both sides of the aisle have put party ideology before their faith and living their faith in the public square.”
He then brought up the fact at the table that many did not realize – that a number of critical changes took place in the platforms of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
“[The most important is that this year, the Democratic Party platform calls for the overturning of the Hyde Amendment – a provision that both parties have voted to include in the federal budget and on other spending bills for 40 years,” the clergy member explained. “The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer money from being used for abortion. The platform is aggressively pro-abortion, not only in funding matters, but in the appointment of only those judges who will support abortion and the repealing of the Helms Amendment, which prevents the U.S. from supporting abortion availability overseas. Conversely, the Republican Party platform is supportive of the Hyde Amendment, and just this year, strengthened its support for life by calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, banning dismemberment abortion and opposing assisted suicide.”
True freedom and faith doesn’t end innocent life
He then spoke on religious liberty and the rights guaranteed to every American citizen by the United States Constitution that was drafted by the nation’s founding Fathers – 97 percent of whom were Christians whose ideals were rooted in the Bible and its teachings.
“Our conversation then turned to the understanding of the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience and the ability for faith-based organizations like the Church to provide charity through shelters, hospitals, homes for the elderly, etc., without fear of government interference and the existence of a respect for religious values,” the archbishop continued. “In that vein, the subject was raised of the Health and Human Services mandate. This regulation requires the provision of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortifacients through employer’s health plans. Most surprising to me was that all at the table were practicing Catholics who are involved in their faith, and a couple of them had neither heard of the difficulty the Obama Administration has created for the Little Sisters of the Poor, nor the litigation that has occurred trying to force them to violate their consciences.”
Aquila then exhorted in fellow Catholics in general to be informed voters and to let their faith in God and His Word determine their decisions at the ballot box – not man’s arguments, their political preferences or their personal opinions.
“Catholic voters must make themselves aware of where the parties stand on these essential issues,” the devout Catholic insisted. “The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.”
He parted with a dire warning and godly advice to American voters – especially those who proclaim to be Christians.
“The health of our nation depends on a deep respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the future of our society depends on how we protect that right,” Aquila concluded. “If we don’t, eventually we will go the way of Rome and Greece and other great civilizations that have risen and fallen.”