EWTN Catholic Q&A
re: Pope Benedict XVI and voting comment
Question from linda on 10-05-2012:

I don't have the source but someone told me that Pope Benedict XVI made the comment about it being permissible to vote for a pro-abortion candidate for proportional reason, etc. etc BEFORE he became pope. He wasn't speaking from 'the chair'. Since becoming pope I've heard he's verified the 5 non-negotiable issues: abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, contraception, embryonic stem cell research.

Answer by Judie Brown on 10-06-2012:


The wisest piece of advice I have seen written on the subject of a "proportionate reason" for voting for a pro-abortion politicians, is this from Archbishop Chaput when he was addressing what a proportionate reason might be:

It’s the kind of reason we will be able to explain, with a clean heart, to the victims of abortion when we meet them face to face in the next life–which we most certainly will. If we’re confident that these victims will accept our motives as something more than an alibi, then we can proceed.

see: http://blog.beliefnet.com/pontifications/2008/08/while-cardinal-george- the-pres.html

Judie Brown