Cardinal Stafford on the 1960s, Roe v Wade: “I weep for America”

The former Archbishop of Denver also remarks on the influence of President John F. Kennedy.

Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, a former archbishop of Denver and former head of two Vatican offices, was recently interviewed by Francis X. Rocca of Catholic News Service:

[Cardinal Stafford] said that the legalization of abortion was itself a result of flawed ideas about freedom deeply rooted in American history.

Cardinal Stafford, 80, spoke with Catholic News Service shortly before the Jan. 25 March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted most legal restrictions on abortion.

He said that Roe was one of a series of cultural, social, political and legal upheavals during the 1960s and early 1970s that left him deeply disillusioned with his native land and alienated from a country that he said once offered unparalleled openness to the proclamation of the Gospel.

“I don’t really feel as at home now in the United States as I did prior to the 60s,” he said.

Here is video of some of the interview:


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