Monday, September 29, 2008

Is it a sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate for president?

From the "Ask a Priest" Q&A in Living Our Faith September 28, 2008, page 2, Father Paul Hartmann answers,
I would offer two insights. First, sadly the abortion mentality is so pervasive in American culture; a devout, pro-life Catholic may not have a bona fide pro-life choice in elections. Second, moral theology teaches us that there is a difference between direct consequences (i.e. a Catholic cannot vote for someone with the intent of expanding or perpetuating abortion) and indirect consequences (this would be choosing the politician who, when no truly pro-life option is available, is the best on the gamut of issues encompassed by Catholic social teaching).

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's "Living Our Faith" website has a Faithful Citizenship page with links to essays commissioned by the U.S. Bishops on a number of topics.


Anonymous Pope Malcolm X said...

It is a far greater sin to be a complacent, complicit, conservative white male attorney than to be compassionate toward a woman who has little choice but to abort her unborn child.

5:15 AM  

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