Political Responsibility and the Pro-Life Advocate


This November we will go to the polls to determine who will represent us in our government.  Those of us who are pro-life, Catholic or Christian have a heavy responsibility to determine who will represent us and our values.

As God’s stewards on this earth we are responsible for the leaders and what they legislate.  If we elect a person who does not share our values we are cooperating in the evil that these representatives legislate, such as pro-abortion bills that end up killing our unborn children.  This is akin to driving the get-away car for a bank robber; we did not rob the bank but we helped the one that did.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on this:

In Section 2272 of the Catechism it states as follows:”Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. 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,”76 “by the very commission of the offense,”77 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.78 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.”

By voting for a person who supports abortion rights, we are cooperating in this evil, plain and simple. We have a duty to elect only those who are pro-life, if we do not we are cooperating with evil.

Many of my fellow liberal Catholics have responded to this line of reasoning by saying that “there are many other issues, like war” and that is why they vote for liberal pro-choice candidates.  I like to ask those who make this argument this question:

If there were a candidate with everything that you like, philosophy, party affiliation, economics policies, everything that you like, but one – he thinks that all blacks are sub-human and worthy of slavery – would you still vote for this candidate?  One issue, when it’s life and death such as abortion is critical.  Anyone who is not pro-life, is pro-death and must not be elected.  As Catholics and Christians, we are held to a higher standard, God will hold us accountable.  If you vote for a pro-abortion candidate you are cooperating with evil.  You are just as guilty as the get-away driver of the bank robber – you are an accomplice to a crime.

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