(LifeSiteNews) Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, told an international gathering of the Catholic men’s organization on Tuesday that abortion is the most significant moral issue in the U.S. presidential race and that Catholics cannot vote for a pro-abortion candidate.
Abortion is “in reality a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths,” and not “just another political issue,” Anderson told the more than 2,000 attendees at the annual four-day Supreme Convention in Toronto, as reported by National Catholic Reporter’s David Gibson.
“What political issue could possibly outweigh this human devastation? Abortion is different. Abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale,” Anderson said.
Elected Supreme Knight in 2000 and considered one of the most influential lay Catholics in the Church, the 65-year-old lawyer and father of five is a longtime Republican who has held various positions in the Reagan administration and worked for the late North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms.
“We need to end the political manipulation of Catholic voters by abortion advocates,” he said. “It is time to end the entanglement of Catholic people with abortion killing. It is time to stop creating excuses for voting for pro-abortion politicians.”
“We will never succeed in building a culture of life if we continue to vote for politicians who support a culture of death,” Anderson told the crowd, which included 95 bishops, 11 cardinals, numerous priests, and Knights and their families from across North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. [More]