Matt C. Abbott
L.A. bishop's troubling distinction
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By Matt C. Abbott
November 7, 2008

A reader sent me some recent correspondence between herself and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark.

A very brief background of the matter: The reader, a member of a parish in the Los Angeles archdiocese, was troubled by her pastor's support of Douglas Kmiec. She spoke to another priest at the parish who told her that being "pro-choice" is not the same as being pro-abortion. She then wrote the bishop, whose response is below.

The only things I omitted from the bishop's letter were the parishioner's name and address; the first paragraph of the letter, which mentions the priest's name; and the same priest's name at the very end of the letter, showing he was sent a copy.

Aspects of the bishop's letter are, to me, highly problematic. I'd like to hear what other pro-lifers have to say about it.






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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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