Archbishop Chaput Warns Catholics on Supporting Pro-Abortion Candidates
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput says pro-life Catholics should only considering backing pro-abortion politicians in very limited circumstances -- such as cases when both candidates are pro-abortion. Even then, Chaput admonished Catholics to lobby the candidate to change his abortion views.
Chaput addressed the thorny issue of abortion and voting during a speech at the new Augustine Institute, a Catholic graduate school in Denver.
Asked whether Catholics should not vote or vote for the candidate who is least pro-abortion, Chaput said "there's no one Catholic answer to the question."
"If you're a Democrat can you legitimately vote for someone who is pro-choice? I imagine so," Chaput told the audience, according to a Rocky Mountain News report.
However, Catholics shouldn't vote for pro-abortion candidates without making a concerned effort to tell them their views are wrong.
"But you have to tell them forcefully you want them to change . . . voting is (just)the minimum," he said, the newspaper indicated.
"If we believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, we need to prove that by our actions, including our political choices," the Archbishop said in one [Denver Catholic Register] column. "Anything less leads to the corruption of our integrity."
"The 'choice' in abortion always involves the choice to end the life of an unborn human being," Archbishop Chaput wrote. "For anyone who sees this fact clearly, neutrality, silence or private disapproval are not options. They are evils almost as grave as abortion itself."
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Bishop Blair Calls Upon Voters to Examine Consciences
Archbishop Chaput: "Better Citizens, More Faithful Catholics"
John Allen Interviews Archbishop Chaput Regarding Catholic Voting Guides
Archbishop Chaput Not Satisfied With Proposed New USCCB Document on Voting
Archbishop Chaput: The Time for Behind-The-Scenes Diplomacy with Politicians Is Over