Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, delivers a homily at the 2016 Steubenville Conference. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco compared the moral depravity of aborting an unborn baby to the lynchings of African Americans in the South in a recent interview, saying both involve “the killing of innocent human beings.”

Life News reports:

CNS News reports the San Francisco archbishop spoke about how both racism and abortion devalue human beings in an interview with America magazine.

“[A] racial slur is racist,” he told magazine Nov. 9. “It’s wrong, but it’s not as bad as segregation, which is not as bad as lynching.”

Cordileone continued: “We’re horrified to think that this was tolerated and condoned in the pre-civil rights South, right? Well, abortion is at the same level of lynching because they both involve the killing of innocent human beings.”

The archbishop brought up the comparison while addressing criticism that the Catholic Church focuses too much on abortion. He explained that some issues have a higher priority because they are greater moral crises.

“I hear criticism from some people that ‘the bishops are laser-focused on abortion; it’s the only thing that’s important to them; everything is invested there,’” Cordileone said. “Well, first of all, in terms of investment, the church invests far more resources in programs to give immediate assistance to the poor than it does for the cause of respect for life in the womb.”

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Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
9 months ago

A reasonable comparison. They are both premeditated killings without any justification.

Dick Safranski
Dick Safranski
9 months ago

When will more clergy, especially Bishops, wake up and follow Christ like this good priest?