US Church condemns ‘deceptive Catholic abortion’ ad

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led Church voices in condemning an advertisement campaign which declares that “public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value”.

Reacting to the advertisement, backed by a group called Catholics for Choice and running in newspapers across America, Cardinal Dolan said it was “deceptive”.

Stressing  that Catholics for Choice “is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way”, the cardinal added: “It has no membership, and clearly does not speak for the faithful. It is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control…the use of the name ‘Catholic’ as a platform to promote the taking of innocent human life is offensive not only to Catholics, but to all who expect honesty and forthrightness in public discourse.”

The Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas echoed Cardinal Dolan’s condemnation, issuing a strong statement in which it said the ad “misrepresents the truth and what the Catholic Church believes and teaches…This misrepresentation is demonstrated by their statement that ‘Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.”