Cardinal Dolan makes good points but ignores politics of abortion

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, speaks during a news conference in New York on Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(RNS) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York makes many good points in his response to my column calling for a new pro-life strategy, but he ignores the political context of the abortion controversy in the United States.

I am very grateful to Cardinal Dolan for taking my May 27 column so seriously and responding to it with his thoughtful June 8 opinion piece for Religion News Service. He said that he appreciated “any thoughtful conversation and counsel on this pivotal issue” and agreed with some of my suggestions for reducing abortions. I thank him for that.

But he also indicated his “serious reservations about Reese’s strategy, considering it a capitulation to the abortion culture, and a grave weakening of the powerful pro-life witness.” He argues that my proposal to give up efforts to outlaw abortion “and work only to reduce the number of abortions — is an unnecessary dichotomy.”


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