"You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion!" That's the slogan we see on the t-shirts of pro-life Catholic young people (and older ones, too).
Catholic young people, as a matter of fact, such as those noble young souls whom ushers a while back wouldn't let enter the Cathedral here (no, not St. Vibiana, which, sadly, is history) because they (the pro-lifers, not the ushers) wore those t-shirts.
(The powers that be finally did let the pro-life kids enter God's house that day.)
If memory serves, the usher fuss was at the not exactly edifying service in the Cathedral for the inauguration of pro-abortion, pro-homosexual-agenda Tony Villar, aka Antonio Villaraigosa, as our alcalde / mayor.
By the way, and it's neither here nor there, but far-left-wingers used to call presidential inaugurations in-hog-urations -- until they got one of their own, BHO, elected.
Anyway, pro-life teenagers who proclaim, "You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion!" now have some company: Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis.
You can see what he said in his column in the July 6 issue of his newspaper, the St. Louis Review (click on this post's title). Here are excerpts:
"Since the first century, the Church has addressed the moral evil of abortion and the killing of a defenseless baby in the womb. People who are casual about the sin of abortion and who choose to view it as a political issue rather than the serious moral issue that it is are guilty of violating the Fifth Commandment.
"You cannot be 'pro-choice' (pro-abortion) and remain a Catholic in good standing. That's why the Church asks those who maintain this position not to receive holy Communion. We are not being mean or judgmental, we are simply acknowledging the fact that such a stance is objectively and seriously sinful and is radically inconsistent with the Christian way of life."The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council said, 'God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and human life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: Abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes' ('Gaudium et Spes,' No. 51.3). "
So: "You cannot be 'pro-choice' (pro-abortion) and remain a Catholic in good standing."
Sure would be nice if every Ordinary of every See in the USA would say the same thing, no?