The names of most are not known yet, but a few are at least partly pro-life, incongruously enough. For those who are unambiguously pro-abortion, we should keep an eye out for which ones might be from our Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Only part of the text is out; Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., has supplied some of it. It is clear that they really need to call their blurb, "Statement of Evasion of Principles..."
They call themselves "part of the living Catholic tradition." That is significant, of course, because by "living" they mean "changing to mean whatever we want it to mean." Their ilk call the U.S. Constitution a "living" document, too.
They also say that "Catholic tradition...expresses a consistent moral framework for life..." That is the "seamless garment" that renders the abortions of tens of millions of American babies not the preeminent issue but just one of many.
Then they actually say, "...we work every day to advance respect for human life..." They should add, "Except for the 4,000 babies whose deaths we facilitate every day."
They go on to claim, "...each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term." Notice how they studiously avoid the word "babies." And they should add, "Year after year, we keep saying we want to reduce the number of abortions -- but we don't ever follow through, so tough pazookies for the babies."
They continue by openly defying Holy Mother Church: "...we seek the church's guidance and assistance, but believe also in the primacy of conscience." They should add,"Notice how we don't respect the Church enough to capitalize 'Church'; and our idea of 'conscience' is what NOW, NARAL and PP tell us it is."
They close by pulling out an old chestnut: "...we acknowledge and accept the tension that comes from being in disagreement with the church in some areas." They should add, "By 'some areas" we mean aborting babies and pushing homosexuality; and by 'tension' we mean that we laugh at your supine failure to call us to account."
The bishop of every one of these traitors to the Church and the Culture of Life should excommunicate them the day the statement comes out. Cardinal Mahony, please do your clear duty if any of these moral monsters are under your jurisdiction.