Prompted partly by the election season and some comments from Catholic bloggers, partly by this excellent article by Jonathan Last on the subject of the vanishing pro-life (mostly Catholic) Democrats, and by the recent discussion in the comments of Lydia’s recent post concerning complementarianism, I thought I would briefly discuss the problem of voting for a Democrat for national office (Congress or President) if you are a serious, orthodox Catholic. In short, you can’t do it because to do so would be to support the Democratic Party which stands for abortion on demand and for the redefinition of marriage. Of course, it also doesn’t help that the party’s signature health care law restricts religious liberty, but at the end of the day, given that Catholics must not support evil even if “good” will result (which I don’t believe will result from Obamacare or any other “social program” funded by the federal government, but even if you did believe in the arguments of the liberal Catholics that Obamacare helped reduce the incidence of abortion, you’d still be required to oppose the law) and Obamacare directly provides funds for individuals seeking abortions -- which means our taxdollars are helping kill human beings.
This decision really isn’t all that complicated and why we still have millions of Catholics in this country who are willing to pull the lever for Democratic Congressmen and for President Obama is the real mystery. Again, one has to wonder: our are Bishops and our priests doing their jobs and teaching the faithful about what are prudential matters that can be left to our individual consciences and what are clear matters of church teaching on faith and morals? Apparently not.