Thursday, July 15, 2004

Bishop Victor Galeone - Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

"Can an avid proponent of abortion-on-demand be at the same time a Catholic in good standing with the church?" I answer that question by asking another: Can an avowed racist be a member in good standing of the NAACP? For similar reasons, there are some positions so extreme that they would bar one from being considered a good Catholic, not because a specifically Catholic teaching is being denied, but because a basic tenet of the natural law is being trashed. As members of the human family, we must obey the natural law, written on our hearts: "You shall not take an innocent life."

Source: "Can A Catholic Politician Be Pro-Choice?", by Bishop Victor Galeone. St. Augustine Catholic (Online diocesian magazine). July 2004.