This is really a response from a Catholic priest (Fr Larry Neise). A Catholic priest who is not afraid to speak the truth from the pulpit, who is not afraid to speak the truth of the Eucharist and who holds the sacrament of Reconciliation in high esteem...
Dear Father Larry,
I am a Catholic and am struggling with this upcoming election. My conscience tells me that the is wrong, and I am strongly pro-life. One candidate promises to get us out of the war, but is not pro-life, while the other one supports the war, but says he is pro-life. I am confused. Can you help me sort out the church teaching on these issues as they pertain to an election?
First of all, in this election, it seems to me that we must choose between the lesser of two evils. If you want to look at the war in Iraq , you must look at the war on the unborn. In our country we have 4000 casualties daily. I mean every day! So just by shear numbers, the war on the innocent unborn is by far a greater evil. The bishops have said when you have two candidates whose positions are not totally pro-life, you are to choose the lesser of the two evils. is not totally pro-life. For example, he is for embryonic stem cell research, which is the destruction of human life when taken from newly conceived embryos. Barack Obama, however makes it abundantly clear that he is pro-abortion all the way.
However, John McCain said he will appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, which may help us overturn Roe vs. Wade. Now whether or not he does, that is another story. But is clear that he will appoint pro-abortion judges. He has made that perfectly clear! The most important role the President has is appointing , because they are judges for life. We are one judge away from overturning . If Barack is elected, for sure the war on the unborn will continue for a number of years. Take 4000 babies killed daily in our country and that amount most certainly dwarfs the number of casualties in the war in Iraq.
Now some may not see it that way, because they do not see it as a war on the unborn. When any segment of society is being killed in mass numbers we would consider that war. Look at 9/11 where almost 3000 people were killed, and we considered that an attack on the . The Church is very clear and so is science that . If you think about it and reflect for a moment, ask yourself when did your life begin. It began at a certain point in time.
In Evangelium Vitae, said that the politicians are in a large part responsible for the killing of the unborn, but who puts them in office? It's you and I!
Father Larry Niese