[Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Gerald] Seib told the audience he worried as a Catholic over the longstanding effect the debate may have on the Catholic community. He recounted that when Kerry went to Mass last Sunday, the celebrating priest wondered allowed if the lives of Iraqis killed by U.S. soldiers was considered as sacred as the taking of an unborn life in an abortion.
'You read that this year and wonder if a priest is allowed to say that?' Seib wondered.
According to John Carr, [the secretary for social development and world peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops], there is no ambiguity on that point. A Catholic voter should prioritize and make the abortion issue the number one consideration when it comes time to vote. The bishops outlined that decision by stating the number one theme in Catholic social teaching is: 'Life and Dignity of the Human Person.'
'Take a look at the order and the conjunction -- life comes first,' he said in his address.