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Archbishop Chaput: Catholic teaching trumps party loyalty on abortion


FRANCIS X. ROCCA

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Catholic News Service
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
10/25/2012

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ABSTRACTCNS STORY: Archbishop Chaput: Catholic teaching trumps party loyalty on abortion Home    |    About Us    |    Contacts    |    Products        News Items   Top Stories   News Briefs   Vatican   Origins   Africa   Headlines   Also Featuring   Movie Reviews   Sunday Scripture   CNS Blog   Links to Clients   Major Events   2008 papal visit   World Youth Day   John Paul II   For Clients   Client Login   CNS Insider   We're also on ...   Facebook   Twitter   RSS Feeds   Top Stories   Vatican   Movie Reviews   CNS Blog .   For More Info  If you would like  more information  about Catholic  News Service,  please contact  CNS at one of  the following:  cns@  catholicnews.com  or  (202) 541-3250 .   Copyright  This material  may not  be published,  broadcast,  rewritten or  otherwise  distributed,  except by  linking to  a page on  this site. .   CNS Story: CHAPUT-ABORTION Oct-25-2012 (410 words) With photos. xxxi Archbishop Chaput: Catholic teaching trumps party loyalty on abortion Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome Oct. 20. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Church teaching against abortion "requires absolute adherence" on the part of Catholic voters, who must "stand united" in opposition to the practice regardless of party affiliation, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. "(Abortion) really is a big issue today, and I think what it requires of Catholics is a loyalty to the church prior to their political party," Archbishop Chaput told Catholic News Service Oct. 20 in Rome. "We're Catholics before we're Democrats. We're Catholics before we're Republicans," he said. "We're even Catholics before we're Americans, because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us. And this has been the story of the martyr.......