At a talk in Madison, Wisconsin Peter Kreeft said that pro-abort Catholics have done more damage to the Church than the sex abuse scandal. Kreeft’s speech focused on whether it is possible for Catholics to be liberals. When talking about abortion he said, “A Catholic cannot be today what is called a liberal about abortion. That’s obvious. That’s a ‘duh.’”
During the Q&A, an audience member brought up the Kennedy political dynasty and how a group of leading theologians and Catholic college professors had met with Kennedy family members in the mid-1960s and came up with a way for Catholic politicians to support a pro-abortion rights platform with clear consciences.
Kreeft said these Catholic advisers “told the Kennedys how they could get away with murder.” Kreeft then made one of his boldest comments of the evening, suggesting the theologians who first convinced Democratic politicians they could support abortion rights and remain Catholic did more damage to the Catholic Church than pedophile priests.
“These were wicked people. These were dishonest people. These were people who, frankly, loved power more than they loved God,” Kreeft said. “Sorry, that’s just the way it is. In fact, I’d say these were even worse than the child molesters — though the immediate damage they did was not as obvious — because they did it deliberately, it wasn’t a sin of weakness. Sins of power are worse than sins of weakness. Cold, calculating sins — that’s straight from the devil.”
I think that pro-abortion (pro-choice) Catholics have caused more harm to the laity, internally, and that it will take a lengthy period of time for the Church to recover from this grave damage to the Body of Christ. I think that the priest sex abuse scandal has done more harm to the Church’s reputation in the short-term than pro-abort Catholic politicians.