Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Catholics are not forbidden to vote for Hillary Clinton

Crux: Knights’ leader right on abortion, wrong on Catholic voting duties

by Charles C. Camosy

Though Anderson is absolutely correct about the unique status of abortion, he is absolutely incorrect if he is claiming Catholics have a moral obligation to avoid voting for a pro-choice candidate.

Back in February I wrote a piece arguing that Catholics may vote for Bernie Sanders, and much of that argument applies to Hillary Clinton as well. This is not “making excuses,” but simply following the reasoning of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who in his previous role as head of the CDF, said:

“When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation [with evil], which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

Catholics have many good reasons for rejecting Trump and may have good reasons for favouring Hillary Clinton.


  1. Charles Camosy is excellent, isn't he? It's somewhat unfortunate that he isn't giving the consistently pro-life third-party man Mike Maturen a fair consideration, but usually his moral instincts are pretty good.

    1. I'm not sure if I've read any of his other articles, but I liked this one.