Fr. Peter West has chosen to calumniate me:
As I have made clear already, Pope Benedict XVI says it is morally permissible to vote to lessen evil:
A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.
This is precisely my position. I *reject* Hillary’s support for abortion. But since Trump (who holds exactly the same position on abortion that Hillary does) is certain to do much graver evil in addition to support for abortion, I believe that a Catholic can, in good faith, vote for her in order to lessen the evil Trump will do. I will not, myself, be voting for her since I don’t live in a swing state. But I have no problem at all defending somebody who lives in a swing state who does vote for her and would, in fact, urge people to do so (bearing in mind that some cannot, in conscience, do so). The only thing I would argue is that support for Trump simply cannot be squared with the Catholic faith.
The irony of Fr. West’s despicable calumny is that Trump is on record supporting Planned Parenthood. And therefore it is Fr. West, who is, in fact, supporting Planned Parenthood since his candidate does.
This is the intractable problem the “prolife” Trumpkin faces. I do not, in fact, support a single evil Hillary supports–including Planned Parenthood. And I have said so, repeatedly. Fr. West, very simply, lies when he says I do support Planned Parenthood and should apologize and retract that lie. I am acting in strict obedience to Benedict’s teaching.
But a Trump supporter like Fr. West really does commit himself to support and defend every evil Trump wills to do, since Trump agrees with Hillary on every evil she support, plus evils she does not advocate such as torture and the deliberate murder of women and children civilians.
Please pray for Fr. West that he finds it in his heart to repent the despicable calumny he has directed against me. For my part, I forgive him and hope he ceases such behavior.