Politics is their Religion

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 18, 2020   

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - One of the last pro-life Democrats to be weeded out of Congress is claiming that politics is replacing religion.

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Rep. Dan Lipinski (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Catholic Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., who was abandoned by the Democratic party in the March primary, told CNA on Wednesday that there's no room in the Democratic party for pro-life candidates. Despite being the incumbent since 2005, Lipinski says Democratic leaders left him alone to unsuccessfully battle a massive pro-abortion lobby.

"They found it very important to get rid of me from the party, so I think that should be a message to the pro-life movement," said Lipinski.

He's calling upon Catholics to form a pro-life coalition that supports pro-life candidates even if they are Democrats. He noted the key issue for Catholics and other moral-minded voters should be pro-life issues, with other issues taking a back seat.

"That's when you're successful, is when you say 'as long as you're with us on this issue, we accept you, we want you as part of our movement,'" asserted Lipinksi. "I think that's important for the pro-life movement to continue to expand." 

He added, "The pro-life movement needs to support pro-life Democrats."

But pro-life voters, unlike Democratic leaders in Congress, are seemingly doing just that with the few pro-life Democrats that can still be found.

I think that's important for the pro-life movement to continue to expand. 

The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), known for its staunch support of Republican Donald Trump's 2016 bid for the White House, lamented the fact that Lipinski lost in March to the radical pro-abortion candidate Marie Newman.

"We offer condolences to our friend, Congressman Lipinski, who fought fiercely and admirably in this race, and to the pro-life citizens of his district who have lost a champion," said SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "Congressman Lipinski has long been a profile in courage, bucking the sad trend of Democrat leaders vying to be the greatest advocate of abortion. We are deeply grateful for his bravery in standing strong."

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Dannenfelser was chosen by Trump in 2016 to head his campaign's Pro-Life Coalition.

Likewise, Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life (AUL) called Lipinski's loss "a loss for Illinois and for our entire nation. Dan Lipinski is precisely the sort of leader America needs in our public square — principled, pragmatic and prudent," said Foster.

Lipinski urged Catholics to put their faith into practice when it comes to voting without placing politics above their religious convictions.

"If we're truly going to be Catholic," declared Lipinski, "we should make sure that we put our Catholic beliefs, and how that moves us when we enter the public sphere — we should put that before partisanship. And I'm just concerned that people are not doing that."

No devout Catholic, no practicing Catholic, can be in favor of abortion.

The admonishment by Lipinksi echoed the teaching from Cdl. Raymond Burke. The former head of the Vatican's Highest Court reaffirmed in January that no Catholic politician can be pro-abortion.

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Catherine Glenn Foster, President of (AUL)

"No devout Catholic, no practicing Catholic, can be in favor of abortion," Burke told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. He was fielding a question by MacCallum on fake Catholic Joe Biden's pro-abortion voting record and his being refused Holy Communion.

Noting the former vice president's "consistent record of being pro-abortion" Burke repeated Church teaching that no Catholic could "justify voting for legislation and policies that promote abortion." 

Catholics Generally Split on Abortion

Regardless of Church teaching, Catholics were divided in the last presidential election between Trump, who was ostensibly pro-life, and radical abortion advocate, Hillary Clinton.

Lipinksi took note of the dismal voting regard of so many Catholics.

"Catholics are very split—almost evenly split—between the Democratic and the Republican Party, but the most important thing is to be Catholic first," affirmed Lipinski.

As pro-life groups may on occasion support a rare Democrat like Lipinski, so pro-life groups like Texas Right to Life (TRTL), are battling Republican in Name Only (RINO) candidates, who do little else than give lip service to pro-life issues. In 2018, TRTL was even targeted by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops for unmasking RINOs who only drag their feet on pro-life legislation.

Lipinski further lamented the polarization of society.

"We live in a very polarized society, and I think that's bad for our society, bad for our country," he said.

But this polarization seems to be coming from the Democratic leadership itself and is precisely over pro-life issues. This polarization by top Democrats gives pro-lifers few options when seeking to support virtually non-existent pro-life Democrats.

Democrats like Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, who wanted Lipinski gone, makes it clear there's no room for pro-life candidates in the Democratic party.

"I support a big tent," she tweeted, "but there's no room under the flaps for anyone who is actively seeking to deny women control over our bodies."

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