The opinion from Alan Davis, “Weaponizing Religion”, printed July 1, was troubling from a Catholic perspective. Davis describes himself as a “recovering” Catholic. It might have something to do with what he describes as “extremist American Catholic bishops” who last month voted to clarify existing Church teaching on the worthiness to receive Holy Communion.

But there are a few points I would like to comment on.

Davis is a liberal “Catholic” who is clever at controlling the language. He refers to the American Catholic bishops as “far right” and “extremists”. There has been no change in Church teaching on abortion. Support for legal abortion has always contradicted Church teaching about the sanctity of life. Catholics have always believed that abortion is killing an unborn baby. Catholic bishops consider it an intrinsic evil.

So Mr. Davis, who is the “extremist”? It is not the bishops who are “weaponizing” this issue – it’s the pro-abortion Catholic politicians themselves who are doing that.

Secondly and more importantly, Davis believes respect for women is making sure a woman has the option to abort her unborn baby. What about respect for the unborn female children that abortion destroys?

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Once again, Davis uses deceptive language to mock and politicize the teachings of the Catholic Church and contradict himself. Abortion betrays women and it steals the lives of their children. Abortion disrespects women. Any man who believes otherwise is a true male chauvinist.

I hope and pray our American bishops clarify Church teaching on this issue so all Catholics can strive for greater personal communion with Jesus Christ. Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco said, “We’re looking for conversion of hearts and to protect the integrity of the Eucharist and try to prevent sacrilege”.

St Paul wrote, “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor 11:27). A teaching document on Eucharistic coherence is seriously needed to clarify Catholic doctrine. The salvation of many souls is at stake.

Ken Sims is a resident of Moorhead.

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