Saturday, 5 November 2016

Crux: A Catholic may vote for Clinton, Trump, somebody else, or nobody

Crux: A Catholic may vote for Clinton, Trump, somebody else, or nobody

by Charles C. Camosy

Here are just a few of the questions and factors that a faithful, individual Catholic voter will have to consider and weigh when making their voting decisions:

-Which candidates’ proposed policies are likely to save the lives of prenatal children?
-Are the candidates telling the truth when it comes to their views on abortion?
-Are the candidates likely to accomplish their abortion-related proposals?
-Could the pro-life movement recover from Donald Trump becoming its de facto leader?
-Could the pro-life movement recover from Hillary Clinton’s judicial nominees and genuinely pro-abortion Democratic leadership?
-What should we make of the fact that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton support intrinsically evil acts?
-How should the likely relative outcomes with regard to abortion be weighed against the likely relative outcomes with regard to, say, the threat of nuclear war? The freedom of Muslims and other religious minorities? The separation of powers and the stability of our Republic?


Some Catholics really need to cool down and recognize that the American election is not a simple choice between pro-life and pro-abortion. There are plenty of good reasons why a Pro-life Catholic might vote for Clinton, not least because because of doubts about the sincerity of Trump's pro-life convictions.

Conservatives also need to acknowledge that Roe v Wade did not get overturned when Scalia was around. Appointing another conservative judge to the Supreme Court may not be enough to end abortion.

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