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Controversial anti-abortion campaigner targets Catholic Church

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A controversial nationally known anti-abortion figure has kicked off a nationwide tour in Cincinnati. Randall Terry calls on Christians, especially Catholics, to vote against Joe Biden.

What do you want to know

  • Randall Terry travels swing states to encourage Catholic voters to vote against Joe Biden
  • Terry called out the Diocese of Cincinnati to speak out against Biden in response to his pro-abortion stance
  • Cincinnati United Catholics say Terry’s views don’t represent church
  • The Diocese of Cincinnati did not respond to Terry’s request but urged Catholic voters to consider several issues

Randall took to the steps of St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Chains to rally local supporters and called on the archbishop to speak out against Biden for his pro-abortion rights stance. He said it wouldn’t stop in Ohio.

“We are going to every diocese in every swing state in the country asking the bishops to publicly declare the truth,” Terry said. “It’s a sin to vote for a candidate who supports the killing of children.”

Terry said he believes Catholic leaders and voters act cowardly so as not to be strong on an issue that their teachings specifically oppose.

“If the Catholic community said that we are no longer going to support any candidate who supports the killing of babies, we would end abortion in America,” he said.

Cincinnati United Catholics disagreed. The group, led by James Heileman, came out to oppose Terry’s message.

“Catholics are represented by more single-issue voters like Randall Terry who actually isn’t a Catholic himself, so I don’t know where he’s getting away with telling Catholics how to vote,” he said. -he declares.

Heileman thinks Terry’s position is oversimplified. He said that while “pro-life” issues are important to Catholics, this issue is not just about abortion.

“There are a lot of what we call life issues,” said Jim Vogt, another member of the Cincinnati Catholics. “In fact, Pope Francis has identified a number of them. Immigration, the environment, nuclear disarmament so to focus on one and say that’s the criterion or the only disqualifying subject, I think it’s is reductive.

The group said their only commonality with Terry is that they too want an end to abortion, but they disagree with how that can happen. The group wants more support for women and those experiencing crisis pregnancies and better health care nationwide.

This is where the United Catholics left a third group who came to picket in front of the cathedral. Stephanie Phillips, along with a small group of protesters, said they came to show that there are those in Cincinnati who believe access to safe and legal abortion is a right.

“I’m not religious and I’m not even really pro-Biden. I’m pro-choice,” she said. “People are going to get abortions even if it’s not legal and they’re going to do it in dangerous ways.”

For Terry though, people like Phillips are not the target of his rally.

“My mission is to get people who call themselves pro-life to vote pro-life,” he said.

After Cincinnati, Terry will travel to Columbus, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He said his final stop would be Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, where he plans to spend three days protesting in his diocese and outside his home.

“We’re going to torment that man,” Terry said. “He’s a Judas. He’s a traitor to the Catholic Church and to Jesus Christ and he has blood on his hands.

As Terry moves on, Heileman asks Catholics to respect all of their values.

“We are concerned about extremists, especially exhausted extremists trying to divide Catholics,” he said.

As for the church’s response, Terry says he has yet to hear from any of the bishops in the diocese where he is planning these protests, but he says he has heard from other Catholic bishops who support him and his message. .

The archbishop of Cincinnati was out of town during the protest, and the diocese has not commented on Terry’s request to expose Biden.

Instead, the diocese sent Spectrum News a link to a guide to Catholic voter issues. The guide comes from the United States Conference of Bishops and covers issues such as abortion, immigration and health care.

The diocese said loyal voters should use this to guide their decisions on candidates.