Was Voting for Obama a Sin?

Go here for my blog post reflecting back on the controversy after Obama’s election when one Catholic priest said voting for him was a serious sin.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • kevin

    Even if I were a “liberal” Catholic, in 2008 I never could have gotten past Obama’s record in the Illinois legislature where he voted to support death for infants born alive. That was all I needed to know. There is something profoundly pagan about the man, despite his superficial charm, nice smile and pant creases.

  • bob c

    this is sickening.

    honestly, hold “conservative” Presidents to that criteria.

    posts like this are part of what people so cynical about faith & politics

  • Richard Johnson

    Indeed, I have yet to see any Catholic Bishop issue a statement inquiring of Newt Gingrich why he instructed Rep. Henry Hyde to refrain from bringing the Human Life Amendment to the floor of the House for a vote before the 1996 election. At the time the GOP had majorities in houses of Congress, the 1996 Presidential Election was underway, and the GOP platform from the 1996 convention continued to include the 1980 Human Life platform plank.

    When Obama loses this year I trust that all of the pro-life Catholics who are making such noise now will continue to make noise when President Romney and the GOP Congress, once again, decide that the economy is more important than the lives of unborn children.

    If they do not then they are simply proving that the millions of aborted children are simply a platform for a campaign, not a moral issue demanding action.

  • kenneth

    It’s one thing for priests to lay out the Church’s teachings and how that should guide them in forming their consciences. It’s quite another when they start naming names and acting as unregistered lobbyists for one candidate or party or another. If they want to get into that game, the Church should lose its tax-exempt status. Partisan political lobbying is expressly forbidden as a tax-exempt entity.

  • Dan C

    This is a pastor who seems too passionately involved in the culture wars.

    Did he remark that all his congregants who masturbated that week participated in a great sin and needed to go to confession?

    What about if they knowingly cheated on their taxes?

    Is this the best pastoral approach even if he chooses to make the voting booth in a representative government a battle field over the Eucharist?

    I reference Sherry Weddell’s comments on the insane “pastoral” direction provided by the bishops of Colorado in 2004 election. (She wrote this in 2006, I believe.)

    The priest erred.

  • kevin

    Dear God, are you seriously equating those two actions with the intentional killing of a defenseless unborn child? In the millions and millions? Wake up and smell the miasma of legalized abortion on demand, which your dear Leader actively promotes and wants us to pay for.

  • SKay

    “the Church should lose its tax-exempt status.”

    I have been waiting for that card to be played by the left. The interesting thing is Kenneth–it all depends on what church you are talking about doesn’t it.
    Some very political sermons and speeches were given by Rev Wright in the church that the Obama’s attended for years– during the last election. I am sure things have not changed. I could also mention a couple of other ministers in the Chicago area that were very political and very pro Obama. Names were mentioned.

    It is clear how Obama and his administration are using powers they were never given by the Constitution to use governent to force Christians and in this case-the Catholic Church to act against it’s own teachings. The Church is beginning to wake up so you use a tax threat.
    The only religion that is acceptable is one that agrees with the left’s agenda. The rest must be brought under control.
    Obama said that he did not like the Constitution as written in an interview in the ’90′s.
    He thought that the problem was –the Constitution enumerated all of the things that the government could not do–but it did not say what the government could do. Apparently one of the things he and those behind him would like the government to be able to do is infringe on religious freedom.
    We ignore that at our own peril.

  • Logan

    “this is sickening” – Bob C. : No Bob, what President Awesome did was sickening. Funny you save your outrage for a priest who’s pissed about a wretched totalitarian of a president who wants to gut the church like a fish.

    “Did he remark that all his congregants who masturbated that week participated in a great sin and needed to go to confession?” – Dan C.

    Yeah, and he didn’t proclaim not to kill Christians in gladiatorial combat! What’s up with that?!

  • http://workingonmyrewrite.blogspot.com/ bob c

    a wretched totalitarian of a president

    honestly, logan, what universe do you reside in ?

    this type of rhetoric, the domain of FOX, Rush and “conservatives” is sad enough, but when mixed with religion. well, it’s a sin.

  • SKay

    http://blog.cardinalnewmansociety.org/2012/01/20/pope-america-increasingly-hostile-to-christianity/

    The Pope says it best. It’s pretty clear to him too.

    He probably doesn’t listen to Rush or Fox, bob c.

  • Logan

    Stand by it Bob. What would you call his Presidency?

    Let’s recap, bob c; to even consider the the potential of sin in supporting a totalitarian President who is actively engaged in tearing apart the Church and a big supporting of abortion is “sickening” – to bob c, the real sin is calling his Presidency wretched and totalitarian. Got it.

    And Bob, nobody hates like the Left. See: OWS, Union thug goons in Wisconsin and Indiana, abortion fanatics, gay militants, extreme enviros, atheists who want to strip religion out of society, etc.

    Also, love the scare quotes around “conservatives”, nice touch.

  • Jude

    Newt the Convert—forget his past.
    THE CONVERT’–G.K. Chesterton
    After one moment when I bowed my head
    And the whole world turned over and came upright,
    And I came out where the old road shone white,
    I walked the ways and heard what all men said,
    Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed,
    Being not unlovable but strange and light;
    Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite
    But softly, as men smile about the dead.

    The sages have a hundred maps to give
    That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree,
    They rattle reason out through many a sieve
    That stores the sand and lets the gold go free:
    And all these things are less than dust to me
    Because my name is Lazarus and I live.


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