Pro-Life Group Blasts Catholic Nuns for Donating to Pro-Abortion Political Group

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group is admonishing a group of Catholic nuns for donating money to a "staunchly pro-abortion political group."

The American Life League expressed outrage Thursday over a financial donation the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters in Michigan made to Emily's List, the nation's largest political network dedicated solely to election pro-abortion women to public office. The sisters claimed they made the donation in order to help women in the political process.

"There is never any justification for supporting a group that maintains a clear litmus test for the killing of preborn children through abortion," said Joseph Starrs, director of American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.

"Supporting a group that promotes abortion never helps women," said Judie Brown, president of ALL.

"There is no confusion about the fact that the goal of Emily's List is to continue to force abortion on our society through the election of pro-abortion women to public office," said Starrs.

Sister Mary Katherine Hamilton told the Detroit Free Press that her order was not trying to make a "political statement" about abortion, but ALL pointed out that the group's actions are in "clear contradiction" with the Catholic Church's teachings.

"There is absolutely no reason for any Catholics, especially an order of Catholic sisters, to support such a group. The bottom line is, you can't be Catholic and pro-abortion," Starrs said.

Brown said she expects the Archdiocese of Detroit and the religious leaders of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters "to address this scandalous action immediately."

"The Church is clear in its teachings about abortion and about lending support to individuals and groups that promote abortion. There is no room for wavering when we are dealing with the life and death of innocent human beings through the violent act of abortion," she added.

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