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For whom would the Pope vote?

Catholics are even more vehemently anti-abortion than Mormons. You would think, then, that single-issue voting would dominate Catholic politics.

Not necessarily.

Back in the summer, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a memo that discussed whether Catholics should vote for pro-choice candidates. The answer was basically no, but with, perhaps, an important exception:

"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, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons."

In other words, as long as a Catholic does not share the candidate's pro-choice view, he/she may vote for that candidate if there are "proportionate reasons".

I am no expert on Catholicism, and I know that this statement has been endlessly debated (and that Ratzinger is no Kerry fan) , but to me it seems that the advice is don't vote on a single issue.

Even Evangelicals are being urged to pursue a "biblically balanced agenda" (National Association of Evangelicals.) As Christianity Today puts it: "Abortion is a monstrous tragedy for the nation, but our Christian commitment to a culture of life does not permit us the luxury of abandoning other important issues."

So, Latter-day Saints, be sure to weigh all the issues carefully. Gay marriage and abortion are two, but what about war, justice, social policy, healthcare?

You are not voting for Zion, nor for a Prophet. That you have already. Instead you are voting for a balance of policies that will come closest to benefiting all of God's children, the unborn and the living, Mormon and non. It's a tough one.

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Rebecca said ... (November 01, 2004 8:50 AM) 

The perception as a non-American mormon, is that the majority of Amercian mormons are Republicans because of the abortion (and now gay-marriage) issue. This 'single-issue voting' has always puzzled and slightly annoyed me. In England, members of the church show no bias towards a political party at all. There are politians that are mormon in pretty much all the parties. A stance I like.
If you vote pro-choice it doesn't mean you're condoning abortion. To me there's way more important issues than abortion and gay marriage. They'd be way down my list of priorities when choosing a candidate. I'd be much more concerned about the economy.


Rebecca said ... (November 01, 2004 10:42 AM) 

To add - see - another LDS blog. There's a link to an article that states that abortions went down under Clinton and have GONE UP under Bush - so thinking you're voting pro-life is not always the case!!


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