"Quandary for Catholics At Election Time"
Catholic Online has a couple of new commentaries concerning the quandary Catholic voters face this election year. I don't agree with all the analysis (especially in the second piece), but both editorials provide an interesting perspective that scrutinize what they see as both presidential candidates' weak points when it comes to Catholics.
"COMMENTARY: Quandary for Catholics At Election Time"
... Obama has opposed every effort to protect unborn human life, including the Supreme Court’s upholding of The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. Obama even voted against an anti-infanticide bill to protect the lives of babies who survive an abortion and are born alive.Becoming the Creative Minority
Here are Senator Obama’s own words on the subject:
"Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice [i.e., abortion] and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-choice America…. I will continue to defend this right [to abortion] by passing The Freedom of Choice Act as president."
For those who do not know about it, the Freedom of Choice Act is a federal bill that would mandate all 50 states to permit abortion on demand, without restrictions. Even Bill Clinton did not go this far in his support for abortion rights. Obama would clearly be the most pro-abortion president ever elected in US history, and would nominate Supreme Court justices with these commitments in mind. In short, the election of Barack Obama as President would certainly be the most serious setback to the Pro-Life cause since the Roe v. Wade Supreme court decision  years ago.
These facts can and should give any Catholic voter cause for concern. Are there any circumstances at all in which a Catholic could in good conscience vote for such an extreme pro-abortion candidate?
Yes, but they are rare.
However, by laying down this challenge to Catholic potential-Obama-supporters, I am not pretending that McCain’s record on the Life issues is “squeaky clean.” For example, while Sen. McCain has always voted against abortion, he has at the same time supported (along with Sen. Obama) stem-cell research and experimentation on human embryos. This is a clear contradiction of his stated Pro-Life principles. As the Editor of Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier has written:
"When human persons become objects to be disposed of for parts, we embrace a new form of slavery where an entire class of persons has become less than human. It is intrinsically evil to “manufacture” human embryonic life and to then kill that life for spare parts."
In essence, McCain is for the legalized killing of unborn children in such exceptional circumstances, while Obama essentially supports it “across the board.” Neither one is fully in accord with the Catholic Social teaching on this issue — but Obama is far worse.
... Under a President McCain we could be in Iraq for decades, 50 or even 100 years. All of his foreign policy advisors, his close friends with whom he trusts and depends on, are Neocons. Does anyone doubt a President McCain wouldn't invade Iran?
In my opinion we need a return to a realistic foreign policy like that advocated for by Brent Scowcroft and others. And what about the economy, the mortgage crisis or the price of gasoline? Does anybody think a President McCain will manage the economy better than President Bush?
No there's not much hope to be seen or heard in someone I compare to stagnant pond water. Does he move anyone?
Now let's briefly discuss Sen. Barrack Obama, one of the most if not the most liberal members of Congress. With his radical support of abortion rights including partial-birth abortions he is totally unacceptable.
He is also a major advocate for and supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Pay attention to the address of his website on this topic. As Catholics faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium we must support and defend traditional marriage and families.
The success or failure of our civilization, of our society, of our culture is rooted in the the strength and vibrancy of our marriages and families. Popes PJPII and B16 really understood that.
We are so close to really tipping the balance of the Supreme Court in our favor it's truly sad. The 1-2 justices that Obama will appoint to the bench will not be in the image of Scalia but move the court back to the center left.
Remember though salvation does not come through the Supreme Court or politics in general but in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having to pick between these two choices, these two very fallible human faces, really puts a Catholic in a jam. I feel as if I'm doing the limbo between the City of God and the City of Man.