Last weekend we held a ministry faire at our Catholic church in Manhattan Beach, California. A Catholic woman who had just come out of Mass came to our Respect Life Ministry table wearing an “Obama for President” T-Shirt and told us that, despite her voting for Obama, she respected what we do in our ministry. She then proceeded to justify Obama’s pro-abortion stand, stating the “he was really not for abortion.” I was stunned. She also said that she was a High School teacher. All I could do was to stare at her. I was dumbfounded, to say the least. I asked myself, what do I say to this person with this totally incoherent and contradictory logic? What do you say to someone who tells you that they’re sure that Elvis Presley is really still alive?
After the election results came in and Obama was elected in a near landslide, the media estimated that over 50% of Catholics voted for Obama. I do not argue with this estimate because I’ve seen it for myself in my church that probably half of our church favors Obama. In speaking with fellow pro-life Catholics, we’re stunned that these people can completely ignore the facts about Obama, as well as to ignore the teachings of their own church. Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate for president in the history of the United States. It is a well-known fact that, as an Illinois State Senator, he was the only Democrat to vote against the “Born Alive Act,” a measure to protect babies who survive botched partial birth abortions. The U.S. Senate had earlier voted 98-0 for this same law. Senator Obama also favors homosexual marriage, although he tells everyone that he thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman, but was against Proposition 8 in California, a proposition to amend the California Constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Catholic Church has spoken out forcefully in this election season that anyone who votes for a pro-abortion politician is cooperating with evil. About a half dozen United States Bishops have issued sternly worded warnings to Catholics about the evil of supporting pro-abortion politicians. Bishops such as Charles Chaput of Denver and Joseph Martino of Scranton PA. have been very clear about where the Catholic Church stands on this issue.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2272, states as follows: “Formal co-operation in an abortion constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae’ ‘by the very commission of the offence’, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”
The most common excuse my pro-choice Catholic friends tell me is “there are other issues.” Other issues? What is more important than life? In the war in Iraq,4,000 of our dearest brothers and sisters have lost their lives since 2003, but we kill 4,000 unborn babies every day in the United States alone. Since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade was passed we have killed over 50 million unborn babies – other issues? Will someone please wake up these people from their comatose state?