Leading up to the election Tuesday, Catholic Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, NY, has implored the faithful to withhold their votes pro-abortion politicians, saying their stance on the issue is "sufficient reason" to disqualify their support.
In a letter published in his diocese, Bishop Murphy said no Christian can, in good conscience or faith, vote for a pro-abort politician, especially those ducking under the "fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’" defense like Hillary's VP pick Tim Kaine.
Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote. Let me repeat that: Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote.
Do you hear that Christians? Nothing outweighs the protection of unborn babies from a Planned Parenthood death mill, not welfare, not Obamacare, not even the death penalty.
"Many issues are very important in our society today," Bishop Murphy wrote. "But none of them can eclipse the centrality of human life, especially innocent human life in the womb or at the end of life."
Bishop Murphy also took issue with the current push on behalf of the left to publicly fund abortion and eliminate religious freedoms with such totalitarian measures like the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.
Above all and over all, the number one issue more fundamental and crucial than any other is abortion – that is the direct taking of innocent life, which is financed by government funds — the diversion of our tax dollars to abortionists like Planned Parenthood as well as government insistence that we Catholics like the Little Sisters of the Poor violate our consciences to advance such programs.
When pulling the lever on election day, Bishop Murphy stated the Christian voter should be asking themselves certain questions about the candidates like "which are more likely to restore justice in those areas that cry out for such a restoration?"
Which ones are willing to lead us in a direction that is more pro-life, more pro-family and more pro-truth? Which ones will recognize and respect the role of religion in the lives of citizens and the Church’s right to mediate the truths of the Gospel and the Church’s teaching as part of the public life of our country, in public ministries like healthcare, education and charitable works, without being forced to adopt and facilitate those cultural practices that are not consonant with Church teaching?
As emails surfaced showing Hillary Clinton's campaign mocking Catholics and her campaign manager John Podesta admitting to launching puppet cells within the American hierarchy to sway their opinions away from battling Obamacare's HHS mandate, the Catholic vote for Hillary has been steadily falling, with 48 percent of Catholics supporting Trump and 37 percent supporting Hillary, though that is still far too many.