EWTN Catholic Q&A
Re: Sin..Abortion...Voting
Question from Don on 04-23-2013:

Judie. Below is the reference that you've given to substantiate that it is a sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate. I am very sorry to say, but reading the below quote by Bishop William Lori... he does not state that it is a sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate. He says that they should not vote for such. Below is the referenced writeup: -------------------------------------------------

Yes, Catholics, It IS a Mortal Sin to Vote for Obama! Bishop William Lori addressing the convention of the Knights of Columbus in August:

“The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”

Catholics who vote for Obama are choosing the most radically pro-abortion candidate in history. He not only approves of abortion in all circumstances; he favors the murder by neglect of newborns who survive abortion. A vote for Obama is a vote for abortion, an intrinsic evil. Anybody with half a brain knows exactly how radical Obama's position is. He has gone out of his way to support and reward Planned Parenthood, the leader of the abortion industry.

Obama appears to have no fear of God. Will Catholics follow him as their replacement Messiah?

Answer by Judie Brown on 04-25-2013:

Dear Don

Lest there be a misunderstanding, Archbishop Lori is not the only reference we have used. Here are more:

Father Matthew Habiger http://www.ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/SINTOVOT.HTM

Father John Ehrich: http://frjohnehrich.com/?p=190

Father J. Scott Neman http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2008/11/priest_calls_vote_for _obama_a.html

In addition, the complete quote from the Archbishop is this:

For Catholic voters in November, Lori advises, “The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”

THe use of the word SHOULDN'T implies that if one does so anyway, there is a price to be paid eternally. Parsing words does not change reality.

For the complete article see http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/baltimore- archbishop-catholic-voters-cant-vote-for-a-candidate-who-stands-for-an- intrinsic-evil

Judie Brown

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