Make Way for Liberal Pro-Lifers

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s celebration of a high-profile mass on the US-Mexico border and declaration that immigration reform is “another pro-life issue” may shake up the long-standing alliance between the Catholic hierarchy and the Republican Party.

O’Malley told John Allen of the Boston Globe that serious Catholics could no longer “turn a blind eye to the human suffering and the tragedies that are taking place” regarding the treacherous border crossing and the mass deportation of undocumented migrants. He said serious Catholics need to support immigration reform.

Patricia Miller is the author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church. Her work on the intersection of sex, religion, and politics has appeared in The Nation, Ms., and Huffington Post. She was the editor of Conscience magazine and the editor-in-chief of the National Journal’s health care briefings.

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