I’ve had a very angry email from a reader (who does not have the courage to even give his name) scolding me for supporting particular presidential candidates by name. I was told as a priest that I am not allowed to do this. Furthermore, I am apparently violating tax rules and using my non-profit status to promote particluar candidates, and if I don’t change my ways he’s going to tattle tale to the IRS and he’s even going to write to my bishop!
I totally accept the criticism. I was wrong, and from now on I will not voice my enthusiasm for Sarah Palin as a politician, nor will I criticize Barack Obama or Joe Biden by name. Instead I will simply outline the issues for my readers so that they can make the choice that is most spiritually sound, and most consistent with the Catholic faith.
So let’s be absolutely clear: I believe that Catholics should not vote for a person who votes for partial birth abortion or supports abortion in any way. They should not vote for a party that supports abortion formally on their platform. Especially Catholics should find it abhorrent to vote for a person who proclaims himself to be a Catholic, yet publicly dissents from the Church’s teaching on the matter of abortion.
On the other hand, Catholics should find it easy to vote for politicians who are not only pro life, but who live it out by having a large family. If, for instance there were a politician who had a baby with Downs Syndrome and did not have an abortion, that would be a good example of a pro life person. If their running mate adopted a baby from Mother Teresa’s orphanage–a baby with a severe cleft palate–that also would be a good example of a pro life candidate.
Please note: I am not supporting any particular candidates by name. I am simply outlining the principles of Catholic teaching and giving one or two clear examples for the sake of my readers…