Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council, made this public statement in The Washington Post, responding to Catholic congressfolk defending the Catholic faith:
"What is at the core of being Catholic is the life issue, and that's something the pope has never strayed from,"
so far, so good. Then he continues:
"While other issues are important -- such as helping the poor, the death penalty, views on war -- these are things that aren't tenets of the Catholic Church."
and then he flubs. The "other issues" he speaks of _are_ the life issue, in the specific case, as are abortion, euthanasia, torture, abuse of the alien, neglect of women alone and fatherless children, and everything else that violates the Gospel of Life and desecrates the dignity of each human being.
Yes, I'm old enough that when I began to be pro-life, abortion wasn't an issue yet; the major pro-life issues were mutually assured destruction, napalm, and forced sterilization. And, if and when abortion is recriminalized, there will still be issues of human life and dignity to struggle for and defend. There's a whole culture that needs converted, so that death and abuse are no longer seen as the solution to social problems.
"He [God] has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty." [Luke 1]