Any serious pro-life Catholic would refuse to join a delegation that includes pro-abortion “Catholics.”
There ARE no Catholics in public life who would refuse to join these pro-abortion “Catholics” in this delegation.
Which means: Serious, principled opposition to abortion—i.e., that treats pro-aborts with the scorn and disgust they deserve as mass murderers—does not (yet) exist in public life in America.
I respectfully disagree. If I had the opportunity to go, I'd go in a heartbeat. I wouldn't travel with them. Or socialize with them. But I'd still go to represent faithful Catholicism in the US. Why should the face of dissident Catholics be the only US face presented to the Holy Father? It's not my role to shepherd these folks. The cardinals in Rome can admonish them about causing scandal--and should IMHO. But I wouldn't let the behavior of others rob me of a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Heck yeah, I'd go in a minute!
Serious, principled opposition to abortioni.e., that treats pro-aborts with the scorn and disgust they deserve as mass murderersdoes not (yet) exist in public life in America
Was it scorn and disgust that turned Abby Johnson prolife? Or any of the other abortion workers that 40 Days for Life has helped to leave the industry? I understand your point. I don't believe in rewarding proaborts, politicians or otherwise. But I'm not sure that scorn and disgust accomplishes a whole lot. It lets me distance myself and view myself as superior, but is that the way the Lord asked us to treat our enemies?
Peace be with you.