Not Quite That Simple

In Sunday’s edition of the Birmingham News, John Wright Jr. (a man I know and respect) stated that he can vote for Senator Barack Obama based on a quote from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” However, he failed to mention that document also states that:

 “There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons.  Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.”

 Reading over his letter, I fail to see what “grave moral reason” John Wright Jr. sees in the Obama-Biden ticket that trumps what John himself terms as the “greatest desecration of human life perpetrated on society and more particularly on women.” 

While the bishops have said in their statement that they “do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote,” either the editor of the Birmingham News or John has falsely told us who we can vote for, based on some faulty reasoning in my opinion.


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