There is a spirited debate in the Catholic church among the leadership, on the topic of the meaning of life and also on supporting Democrat Joe Biden as a candidate for President, which should show an exodus from the Democrat Party in general, for the Party’s very broad pro-abortion choices.
Biden, who at one time was pro-life, chose a running mate, Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris, who is highly advanced in support of abortion, actually being an activist for Planned Parenthood, the country’s leading provider of abortions.
Lifesite News reported:
Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, Wash. has spoken out against Bishop Robert McElroy’s recent downplaying of the importance of abortion in a virtual meeting on October 13.
During the meeting, McElroy, the bishop of San Diego, Calif., questioned the claim that “candidates who seek laws opposing intrinsically evil actions automatically have a primary claim to political support in the Catholic conscience.” Additionally, he lamented the fact that many have publicly denied Democrat vice presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Catholic identity, saying, “Such denials are injurious because they reduce Catholic social teaching to a single issue.”
In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Bishop Daly said McElroy’s comments “effectively constituted a defense of Biden and other prominent Catholic elected officials who publicly support unrestricted abortion.” Daly disputed McElroy’s minimalist view of what it means to be Catholic, saying the belief that “life begins at conception and must be protected and reverenced until natural death … forms who we are as Catholics.”
Biden is seen as attacking Catholicism around the globe.
And there are Catholics who simply can not support him because of this association with Planned Parenthood activism.
How Catholics have voted in past elections:
- 2016: 52% of Catholics voted for Donald Trump and 44% voted for Hillary Clinton
- 2012: 50% of Catholics voted for former President Barack Obama and 48% voted for Mitt Romney
- 2008: 45% of Catholics voted for John McCain and 50% voted for Obama
Source: Pew Research Center
Dispatch News Reported:
Dispatch News reported about Catholics,” they’re simply not a block of the electorate,” Leege said. “Catholicism represents so many different ethnic groups in this country, and that also means they’re spread all over the lot politically.
Rulong feels like many Catholics are voting for Trump due to one issue: abortion.
“When you weigh the other 20 issues versus one thing, it seems crazy,” he said.
Among Catholic Republicans, 63% think abortion should be illegal, while 77% of Catholic Democrats think it should be legal in most or all cases, Smith said.
Though abortion is a sticking point for some when voting, Smith said there is no indication in research that Catholics on average are prioritizing abortion over any other issues.
Surveys show that Catholic voters tend to adopt the positions of their political party, even when they run counter to the Catholic church’s beliefs, Smith said.
“That’s been true for a long time,” he said. “You cannot assume Catholics agree with all the teachings and positions of the church.”
or Pam Maltinsky, 70, who lives near Clintonville, Biden’s faith is what turns her off, even though they are both Catholic.
She says she doesn’t understand how Biden calls himself Catholic. Her vote will go to Trump.
“He’s gone against what the church stands for,” she said of Biden.
Maltinsky has voted for Democrats in the past, but she believes people have to stand up for their beliefs. For her, abortion is a bigger factor in this election than it has been in the past.
“I don’t think it’s the most important, but it ranks right up there,” she said. “If Biden was true to his faith there would be no problem, I’d vote for Biden, but he’s not. He’s following the Democratic agenda.”
Guidance for Catholic voters from church officials, who are legally not supposed to endorse candidates due to religious groups’ non-profit status, has been mixed.
“The church does not engage in partisan politics but witnesses to the truth of the dignity of every human person, created in the image and likeness of God from conception until natural death and at every moment in between,” he said in a statement. “This truth is the foundation of all principles in our political engagement, from the rejection of abortion, euthanasia, and racism, breaking the cycle of poverty, care for the environment, the sanctity of marriage and the family, religious liberty, efforts to end the use of the death penalty, and respect for every person.“
He said the right to life, when it comes to abortion and euthanasia, is foundational, because “without it all other rights collapse.”
A Texas bishop and a Wisconsin priest publicly said people can’t be Catholic and Democrats.
As the Bishop of Tyler I endorse Fr Altman’s statement in this video. My shame is that it has taken me so long. Thank you Fr Altman for your COURAGE. If you love Jesus & His Church & this nation…pleases HEED THIS MESSAGE https://t.co/D413G0lfQV— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) September 5, 2020
Meanwhile, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, said he thinks Catholics can vote for Biden.
“I frankly in my own way of thinking have a more difficult time with the other option,” Tobin said in September as part of a panel discussion on the Catholic vote hosted by Boston College, Trinity College and St. Anselm College.
To Tobin, part of the problem with deciding who to vote for as a Catholic is that “no political party represents fully the Catholic moral traditions.”
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“The problem is that we have to vote,” he said, recommending people use prudence in their decision. “You weigh everything in the favor of the overweening value and the overweening value here is the common good.”
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776