San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said this week that for many Catholic voters the issue of climate change is more important than opposition to abortion.
Since “the survival of the planet, which is the prerequisite for all human life, is at risk,” Bishop McElroy declared in an Oct. 13 online meeting, “many Catholics are concluding that in fidelity to future generations they cannot support a candidate for national office who does not vigorously fight climate change.”
Rejecting the idea that abortion should be the preeminent issue for all Catholics, McElroy said that there are several viable contenders for the weightiest issue in the upcoming election, with no clear winner. Some Catholic leaders, he stated, claim that “Church teaching demands” that climate change is “singularly determinative for faithful voting in the election of 2020.”
“Decisions on climate change in the next four years will either irrevocably amplify or arrest our world’s