Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Why Catholics shouldn't vote for Obama
The Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics, put out by Catholics Answers, discusses issues Faithful Catholics should weigh when deciding for whom to vote. The guide identifies five non-negotiables - there is no wiggle room on these issues.
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There may be situations in which the available candidates all fall short on one or more of these issues, in which case the Catholic voter needs to decide among them based on the issues, strength of the candidate's beliefs, other issues, and so on. In other words, the voter has to weigh and think and research.
But President Obama has failed on three of the five non-negotiables - that we know of - and his views on abortion are strong and extreme.
The only way a good Catholic could vote for him is if the viable alternatives held similar views to the President's. Given the alternatives this time around, even though the other major candidate has flaws, it is clear that thinking Catholics have alternatives and can't in good conscience vote for Obama.
Pax et bonum