Pro-Life Democrat Calls Being Pro-Life and Voting for Obama "A Psychological Impossibility"
David R. Carlin, lifelong Democrat, former majority leader of the Rhode Island Senate, and author of the book, Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?, writes at InsideCatholic:
Recently, [Catholic League head Bill] Donohue came across a list of members of Sen. Barack Obama's National Catholic Advisory Council and let out a very loud yelp. For it turns out that more than 15 members of the Council are also members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, where they all have strong pro-choice voting records. In response to Donohue's barking, on May 8 members of the committee -- not just congressional members but those from the academic and other worlds as well -- sent a letter of protest to Donohue, telling him how wrong he is and how strongly compatible with Catholic social teaching Senator Obama's policy stands are.
Although the letter was written by a very distinguished list of politicians, academics, and others, and although it was written in a very sophisticated (or should I say "sophistical"?) manner, it contained little more than the usual drivel that Catholics (or should I say "Catholics"?) trot out when they wish to justify their support for a pro-abortion political candidate.
What it boils down to is this: Abortion isn't the only issue of concern to Catholics; there are many other issues as well (war, poverty, racism, torture, immigration, etc.); and when we weigh all these things together we see that Obama's Catholic quotient, despite his not being perfectly correct on abortion, is much higher than Sen. John McCain's, even if we concede that McCain is more Catholic on the narrow issue of abortion.
It doesn't puzzle me that many people believe in abortion... It doesn't even puzzle me that many sincere Catholics are pro-abortion despite the fact that their religion condemns abortion as a very serious sin.
What does puzzle me, however, is that there are intelligent and well-educated Catholics (like those, I presume, serving on Senator Obama's Advisory Council) who say that they agree with the Church on abortion, yet support a pro-abortion candidate (Senator Obama) for president. How can a sane person who has reached the age of reason believe on the one hand that abortion is unwarranted homicide, yet on the other support a presidential candidate who makes no secret of the fact that he wants to protect and even extend this homicide "right"? Unless you are a moral monster, you can't possibly hold these two things at once, for they contradict one another. It is psychologically impossible both to agree with the Catholic teaching on abortion and to support a pro-abortion candidate for president.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
National Catholic Register: "Obama and Abortion"
Deal Hudson on "How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question"
Obama Catholics Blast Bill Donohue, Blame Conservatives for Failing to End Abortion
Kmiec's Dishonesty [UPDATED]
The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]