'Catholics for Obama'
There is a certain disquiet in the USA as to how anyone can profess to be pro-family and yet support abortion. It is a question the Obama-Biden campaign is confronting head-on. The feeding of the five million with ‘faith merchandise’ has been referred to as the boldest move since Christ drove the moneychangers out of the Temple, and this postmodern messiah is bathing in the shekinah glory of the media spotlight. The faithful may choose from ‘Believers for Barack’, ‘Pro-Family Pro-Obama’ and ‘Catholics for Obama’ buttons, stickers, banners and flags. And they are currently planning ‘Clergy for Change’ and ‘Pro-Israel Pro-Obama’ merchandise.
It is a crude attempt to win the religious vote – in particular the Evangelical and Roman Catholic contingent - for whom family values and abortion remain the highest of priorities. The Roman Catholic Church has said that candidates who promote fundamental moral evils such as abortion are cooperating in ‘a grave evil’, and so Catholics should not vote for them to advance those evils.
A Catholic voter’s decision to support a candidate despite that gravely immoral position ‘would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.’
The divergence between the Biden / Pelosi view on abortion and that of the Bishops is said to be simply ‘a running debate between Catholics’. But for many, abortion is the only issue: it concerns a fundamental teaching of the Church on justice and peace, serving the poor and advancing the common good — beginning with a fundamental priority on protecting innocent human life from direct attack, which abortion manifestly is.
The Catholic vote has historically been pivotal in deciding who occupies the White House. It has gone to the winning presidential campaign in every race since 1976, except Al Gore’s 2000 bid.
But Cranmer wonders why there are no buttons, banners or bumper stickers saying ‘Muslims for Barack’?