To the editor:
I'm Catholic and I vote.
The 54 percent of Catholics who do not vote Catholic values helped Barack Obama become our president in 2008. Shame on them.
If the United States bishops were allowed by law to endorse presidential candidates, they would tell you that there are five reasons why voting for President Obama is gravely immoral and contrary to the Roman Catholic faith. These five current reasons concern actions that are intrinsically evil: 1) abortion; 2) euthanasia; 3) embryonic stem cell research; 4) human cloning; and 5) homosexual marriage. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved.
President Obama is rated 100 percent from NARAL, an abortion-on-demand defense group. He is rated 100 percent by Planned Parenthood, who operate the largest abortion mill in the United States. Conversely, he is rated 0 percent by National Right to Life. As a state senator, he voted present on an Illinois partial-birth abortion ban, equivalent to a no vote. He voted against an Illinois Induced Infant Liability Act. He supports Roe versus Wade. He voted no on defining an unborn baby as a child. He voted no on stopping minors crossing state lines for abortions. He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
Archbishop Chaput recently stated, "I certainly can't vote for somebody who's either pro-choice or pro-abortion. As an individual and voter I have deep personal concerns about any party that supports changing the definition of marriage, supports abortion in all circumstances, and wants to restrict the traditional understanding of religious freedom."
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There are some issues about which faithful Catholics can disagree when they involve things that are not intrinsically evil, but are matters of prudential judgment. But when it comes to intrinsically evil actions, we should not support them or support candidates who support them. Our own priests locally have also discussed these issues during Mass. Like the Archbishop, they cannot say openly which candidates you should vote for, but have explained the moral principles that are at the heart of these decisions if we are to be faithful Catholics.
However, unlike our bishops and priests, I can, and like my bumper sticker that proudly proclaims "I'm Catholic And I Vote," I vote Republican to support Catholic values. Will you?