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DOUG KMIEC: Catholic Reasons for Hope in the General Election Comments

"As a matter of Catholic teaching, who’s right? None of us. Who’s wrong? Also, none of us. Catholic teaching simply does not supply a single, definitive answer." Continue Reading

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  1. Michael
    6 years ago

    None of us are right? None of us are wrong? Sounds like relativism to me.

    Catholic teaching doesn't supply a definitive answer? You're wrong Doug.

    Forming Consciences and Faithful Citizenship was written with the Church's tax exempt status in mind. The Statement was purposefully unclear. Unfortunately, in our secular society, the Church is forced to make compromises. What does she REALLY teach? You know it as well as I do! Abortion is an instrinsic evil and must always be opposed. It carries a greater moral weight than your "other issues".

    Why does the Church deny Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who vote in favor of abortion? Because it is wrong to do so. Therefore, it is wrong to endorse pro-abortion candidates, like Obama, and to encourage other Catholics to do the same.

    I don't care who you vote for, but through your editorials and speeches you are doing the Church a great disservice by trying to convince Catholics that Obama is a "natural" for the Catholic vote and the best choice among candidates.

  2. Kate
    6 years ago

    I am constantly amazed at how Obama supporters, rather than looking objectively at Sen. Obama's comments, see what they WANT to see and NOT what he is actually saying. Case in point: Mr. Kmiec says that Obama is an advocate of 'personal responsibility' and that this message would be the best course to deterring abortions. Please tell me where in the world has he been advocating that? His WHOLE MESSAGE is about COMMUNAL responsibility, which places the impetus on some invisible, non-existent entity called the 'community' or 'state' rather than on individuals. His church of twenty years supported this approach, Obama's speeches support this approach, and yet Mr. Kmiec spins this into 'personal responsibility'? If he could give me even three quotes from the last three months where Obama even uses the phrase 'personal responsibility' then I MIGHT be a little less skeptical. I doubt this evidence would turn up. In the meantime, I vividly recall memories of Obama VOTING DOWN a partial-birth abortion ban while a state senator in IL. I recall him saying he would not want his daughter 'punished' with a child if she were to commit a lapse in judgement. I recall lots of empty phrases with lofty words such as 'change' and 'working together' with no explanation of concrete changes or what working together would mean. Mr. Kmiec, please stop drinking the Kool-Aid and understand the words that Sen. Obama is saying, rather than hearing the words you WISH he would say.

  3. Ed
    6 years ago

    An intelligent, balanced, nuanced assessment of the presidential candidates in this election. I commend Doug on his article. It is time that intelligent but unaware voters stop having the wool pulled over their eyes by Republican candidates who pay lip service and not much more to the prolife cause just to get elected. 2004's elections should be enough of an example. Now in 2008 we have an economy in shambles, a currency worth 40% of what it was just a few years ago, out of control energy prices, and rising unemployment. My guess is that sadly, all of these factors will increase the number of woman choosing abortion.

  4. M. Schroeder
    6 years ago

    Well written, lawyerly piece, Doug. I agree with the others. Let's forward your piece to Pope Benedict and ask him whether you are in communion with the Catholic Church.

  5. Karole
    6 years ago

    what's the problem? Is it that you don't have the courage to post someone's opinion who thinks for themselves.

  6. Anne
    6 years ago

    The Partial Birth Abortion Procedure

    Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps.

    The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.

    The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.

    The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole...

    The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted.

    The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse.

    The dead baby is then removed.

    Obama supports the murder of God's creation!!!!!

  7. Connie
    6 years ago

    The problem is that Rome has a problem with the Iraq war as well as with abortion.

  8. crankycon
    6 years ago

    Doug, you are fooling no one but yourself.

    Admit it - you hate John McCain. That is why you support Obama.

  9. Jacqueline Stutmann
    6 years ago

    The issue of abortion trumps all other issues. In the Constitution, Life comes before liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Obama received the endorsement of NARAL, the most visciously pro-abortion group there is! I find it inconsistent with the ethics of Mr. Kmiec to endorse such a candidate, period. The Democratic party is a known as obstructionist and hostile to pro-life legislation, henceforth, Obama would most likely act consistently along party lines when it comes to this. Mr. Kmiec, as well thought out your reasons seem to be, they still don't fly. I'd love to know what Pope Benedict would say!

  10. Robert Strickland
    6 years ago


    Stop thinking like a lawyer, and think like a Catholic. I read your jibberish about abortion. If you are supporting Obama, and his stance on abortion, then in my humble opinion, you are outside of mainstream Catholic theology. The good news is you have a lot of company in the Democratic party: John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, et al. Doug these folks are lawyers, too, and like most lawyers, they know more than the common folk. Perhaps you should forward your article to the Pope and see if he agrees. And, if the Pope agrees with your article, by all means send me a copy of his response. Nota bene, Doug.


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