As a lifelong practicing Catholic and an opponent of abortion, I still found the true reality represented in Pat Oliphant's Oct. 17 cartoon quite frightening. It reflected the Catholic bishops' stance against John Kerry because of his pro-choice stand.
Unfortunately, these bishops have cited the single issue of abortion at the expense of many other social and economic issues that affect the daily lives of many working-class Catholics. By suggesting support for President Bush -- who favors the death penalty, has a poor record of supporting union workers and set forth economic policies that have had a negative impact on millions -- the bishops have turned their backs on many members of the church.
Some authorities in the Catholic Church seem to have forgotten the papal encyclical, Rerum Novarum, written by Pope Leo XIII and the related teachings of subsequent popes that supported the middle class and addressed many social and economic concerns. If the church is going to be involved in this election, the bishops should be addressing all the issues.