Anti-abortion Catholics can support pro-choice candidates, as long as they agree with the candidate on a range of other issues.
That pronouncement in an Italian magazine from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's top spokesman on Catholic teachings, went unnoticed in the din of presidential election-year politics.
But it could reverberate in a close election, which pits President George W. Bush, a conservative Christian abortion opponent, against Democratic Sen. John Kerry, a Catholic who favors abortion rights.
In essence, a vote for a pro-choice politician is not necessarily sinful if a Catholic, who is also against abortion, believes the candidate's other positions outweigh the politician's support for abortion rights, Ratzinger said. He heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
John, I seriously doubt that you are going to be condemned by any bishop. The Catholic Church has a wide range of issues that it is pushing. Internationalism and parochial schools. I believe a Catholic Pope said that Catholics are supposed to send their children to parochial schools. I do not like to have to pay for Catholic policies. Whatever the Catholic church wants it is usually wrong, especially about democracy. No one should accuse the autocrats of Rome of being favorable toward democracy.
You should see the article, by the Presbyterian Minister, R. L. Dabney, on my first message.
I am surprised, height could not find the O.N. Dabney commentary on the attractions of popery on the Ian Paisley website! It was on there. It is an excellent article -- in spite of being written in the 19th-century -- which also makes it in the public domain, and a would suggest the politically motivated folks on here, to read it. I hope that people in the Nebraska first district, read it, before they vote for one of the candidates running on the Voucher Party ticket. This of course, means both the Democratic and Republican candidates.
This is an excellent website also:
Reformed Church members will find many articles that they will like on it, besides the Dabney article that the above URL points to.