If being pro-choice does not mean you are neccesarily pro-abortion, then why do pro-choicers have such a difficult time accepting crisis pregnancy centers being setup right next door to abortion mills? Why do they attempt to squash sidewalk counselors from helping women, who are seeking abortions, consider "other choices"? The Senator agrees this is a "great moral issue". But he only speaks of the morality of the alternatives and ignores the obvious immorality, to so many Catholics and other people of faith in thus country, of abortion itself. How sad.
Cardinal Ratzinger mentioned "proportionate reasons" in his letter to Cardinal McCarrick regarding why some voters may be able to vote for an anti-life politician. Just what are those proportionate reasons? -- Domenico Bettinelli points us to a Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters by Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD, on EWTN's website, which addresses this issue.
Offering an ecumenical perspective, the Anglican blog Pontifications emphasizes the need for the bishops to resolve this matter:
An Episcopalian is hardly in a position to throw stones; but from the viewpoint of the Pontificator, this has all the look of a public relations debacle. The Catholic bishops had an opportunity to take an important and courageous political position, but instead they adopted a position of pragmatic cowardice. If the Catholic understanding of abortion truly expresses the divine will, then any Catholic who actively supports a public policy that supports abortion must be counted as a traitor to the faith of Christ. The Catholic bishops should have come clean on this years ago. The chickens of catechesis-failure are coming home to roost, and now the Catholic bishops are confronted with the sad spectacle of Catholic politicians who publicly advocate public policies that the Catholic Church deems as intrinsically evil. And the bishops are unsure how to respond. One thing for sure. The problem ain't going to go away. What are they going to do a year from now when President Kerry shows up for Mass!
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.