Why do so many Catholics on the left think pro-life conviction on the Catholic right is insincere?

Are conservative pro-life Catholics exploited? Certainly.

Can they be blind to other evils? Absolutely.

Do most of them TRULY believe it's murder and want to save lives? YES. 1/
I'm in total agreement with those who point out that some Catholics have a very myopic view of abortion, and neglect (and often reject) other vital social issues.

But it's also wrong to downplay the gravity of abortion, which @Pontifex has compared to "hiring a hit man." 2/
Failing to take abortion seriously is a betrayal of a consistent ethic of life.

Working to build a home for future generations that is more just, more peaceful, that serves the poor and needy, that respects human dignity, and has a healthy ecosystem is not optional. 3/
But that doesn't permit us to ignore the unborn.

It's counter-productive to tell "single-issue" Catholics that their issue isn't important, or that you "know" they really don't care about the issue, that they really only care about money or power.

It's a lie. Stop it. 4/
True, in many cases the GOP's "pro-life" advocacy is just a cynical ploy to pursuade people who care deeply about abortion to sell their souls on other issues.

But so-called "seamless garment" Catholics bear much of the blame when they treat abortion as a minor issue. 5/
It's pretty obvious to me that our two parties have changed Catholics much more than Catholics have charged them.

Our faith and values must come first.

Can we please stop criticizing Catholics on the other side for believing something we should also believe? 6/6
Addendum, since this thread is being taken out of context:

This is a response to those who saw Archbishop Cordileone's statement yesterday as about politics and not *really* about abortion. Say whatever else you want about the statement, but he is sincerely opposed to abortion.
If you believe abortion is morally OK, this thread isn't directed at you.

I'm not defending conservative Catholics for embracing Trump’s policies, I'm trying to EXPLAIN their approach to politics, and attachment to the the GOP. If you don't care why, this thread isn't for you.
My thread is primarily analytical, and is primarily meant for socially conscious, social-justice oriented Catholics who can't understand why any Catholics support Trump or GOP policies, and doubt that abortion is the real reason. My position is that it really is.
My thread got quote-tweeted by a pro-choice congresswoman with a lot of followers, so 2/3 of the comments here are taking my points completely out of context.

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1 May
I haven't finished reading this yet, but thus far, much of it needs to be said by Catholics on the left and the right.

It's a shame that it has to come at a time when we are so polarized and politicized in the Church and in our culture.
It is a shame that the Catholic voices of those who speak out most strongly on behalf of the unborn are typically the most Trumpified, Burkified, and Viganized in our Church, and have aligned themselves with schismatic conspiracy theorists against the Church and human dignity.
(And I'm only about halfway through, so I'm saying all this while acknowledging that it might get weird later on.)
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Video of the new Wilmington bishop-elect, Msgr. William Koenig, preaching his farewell homily as the rector of St. Agnes Cathedral last year.

2010 Facebook video of then-Fr William Koenig talking about faith formation.

And here's the Cathedral's YouTube channel.

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This isn't a flippant question, by the way. I believe that both Küng and Burke, at their core, were ideologically motivated to reject traditional Catholic teachings on magisterial authority on doctrine and discipline. Both developed theories of authority to justify that dissent.
Obviously, Küng's theories were much better developed and were written over a longer period of time, but Burke has developed his own sort of "Theology of Disobedience" in the last several years, most comprehensively articulated in a 2018 speech.


"If, a member of the faithful believes in conscience that a particular exercise of the fullness of power is sinful and cannot bring his conscience to peace in the matter, 'the pope must, as a duty, be disobeyed'"
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It's not just liberals and progressives who should be challenging the increasingly reactionary views of Archbishop Chaput. His public statements have, at many points, put him at odds with Pope Francis and in certain cases have clearly sought to contract the pope's mission.
He tries to put forth a public image of support for Francis, but anyone who was watching closely noted his dissenting view of Amoris Laetitia, attempts to cancel the youth synod, and support for Viganò (and absence of support for the pope) in Aug 2018.

Furthermore, he inexplicably praised giving an award for Catholic lay witness to Bill Barr at the National Catholic Prayer breakfast, received during a 1-day break between Federal executions Barr scheduled.

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"This crisis calls for concerted efforts by all to take necessary steps, including an equitable distribution of vaccines for everyone." @Pontifex in Iraq last Friday

Address to the UN, Sept 25, 2020 by @pontifex

Address by @Pontifex to Diplomatic corps, Feb 5 2021:

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The Gospel of MAGA - Fr. Frank Pavone via @YouTube
2. This movement has captured the imagination of so many formerly conservative Catholics and pro-life activists.

3. Fr Pavone is far from the only rogue US priest who is not being held accountable for spreading sensational and apocalyptic conspiracy theories.

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