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Problems with "Roman Catholics for Obama".

Washington, D.C.-- As the presumptive candidate for a party which has traditionally been supported by many Catholics, Democratic contender Barack Obama has had his campaign team set up a Catholic National Advisory Council to encourage their co-religionists to vote for him. However, Catholic League president, William Donohue, has revealed that the Catholic "leaders" in this group are in fact dissenters, none of whom agree with Church teaching on the three major public policy issues of abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and school vouchers.

This was underlined by Archbishop Charles Chaput in a Denver Catholic Register article. Confessing to a certain naivete in his own support of "personally opposed" politicians while a young priest, he now looks in horror at the million abortions committed each year in the U.S.A. He urges Obama's Catholic supporters to support the pro-life position and not to overlook Obama's proabortion record in favour of his views on other "Catholic" issues. They should work on converting the senator to their views, he stated.

Obama's track record on life issues is indeed bad news for pro-lifers; he has a 100% pro-choice voting record in the Illinois and in the U.S. Senates. This has gained him the approval of both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. In Illinois, he opposed legislation to protect babies born alive after botched abortions. He has promised that, if elected, he would promptly sign the Freedom of Choice Act which would prevent any federal, state, or local government agency from restricting access to abortion. Further, he intends as president to appoint only pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many Catholic voters may be inclined or driven to support Republican John McCain who tends to the more prolife side of the spectrum.

Many American bishops and pastors are informing their flocks of the Catholic position on pro-abortion politicians as set out in then-Cardinal Ratzinger's 2004 document 'Worthiness to receive Holy Communion." This letter spelled out the "proportionate reasons" rationale to be used in casting their vote. There seem to be no "proportionate reasons" in the case of Barack Obama who is unapologetically for abortion on demand.

( dates,, May 20, 2008)
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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