Can a Catholic Knowingly Vote for a Pro-Abortion Candidate?

By Fr. John Lankeit, Rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral:

Catholic brothers and sisters!

Here’s what Pope Benedict XVI said about voting for pro-abortion politicians and worthiness to receive Holy Communion. So many Catholics refer to this statement as some sort of “green light” to knowingly support a pro-abortion candidate/party, even though they are personally “against” but publicly “for” abortion (based on the way they vote). Read carefully:

“A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

Key words: Proportionate reasons.

I challenge anyone, Catholic or not, to tell me what is “proportionate” to (1) the evil of what abortion is, and (2) the frequency with which it is committed. Let’s consider one proportionate reason that is sometimes raised:

Full-scale biological or nuclear war.

But then, let’s ask ourselves:

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How imminent is full-scale biological or nuclear war, when compared to abortion in which–based on 55 million abortions* per year worldwide–105 babies are being deliberately killed PER MINUTE? When was the last nuclear war? When was the first nuclear war? Is it possible? Of course. Is it likely? Not unless we keep our heads in the sand re: countries like N. Korea and Iran.

On the other hand, considering that it may take 5 minutes to read and digest this post, that’s 525 babies who have just been deliberately killed since you started reading.

FACT: There is NO reason proportionate to abortion. Therefore when a Catholic knowingly, deliberately and freely votes for a pro-abortion politician and party–knowing full-well what abortion is and what it does–the “permission” referred to by Pope Benedict XVI above does not apply.

*And those are just the ones we know about!

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8 comments to Can a Catholic Knowingly Vote for a Pro-Abortion Candidate?

  • Dorinda sears

    it is sad to take the word of a priest who is speaking out against an agenda that will continue to cost millions of humans the right to life?? That is sad for you??? You find it joyful to kill innocents ? Can you even hear yourself??????

  • Dorinda sears

    First let me remind you of the definition of sin: individualism (the human conscience) gone amok. Secondly like so many others your use of Ratzunger’s discourse on proportionality demonstrates not only a fundamental lack of understanding as to what Ratzinger was saying but also considerable ignorance of Holy Scripture and the laws of our God. An example of what Razinger meant would be: given two pro choice candidates where both promote abortion but one candidate only approves of abortion laws in the first trimester while the other pro choice candidate will permit laws up to the time of delivery and there is no prolife candidate to pick then you must choose to vote for the candidate who will only permit abortion up to the first trimester. That is proportionality–not the case in this year’s election. This year the choice between the two candidates could not be more stark between The two party’s agendas is the vivid difference between goodness and evil–between the murder of innocents and the fight to end the promotion and support of that carnage.

  • Joseph Reich, Jr.

    It saddens me that in the opinion on some Catholics an unborn child of God does not have a right to life. I challenge you to contemplate what if your mother chose to have had an abortion while carrying you. In my mind you would have been better off because your soul would be in heaven, and now you have to earn your way there, and on this subject you might not be doing a very good job.

  • Chris

    It is certainly possible that the case could arise that all the candidates for an office are pro abortion. If one wants to limit abortion to the first trimester and the other candidate wants unlimited abortion, then it could be justifiable to vote for the first candidate. Christians cannot op out and leave the public sector to the Godless. That would be a mistake as it would be a failure of Christian witness. We must stand up for life!

  • Jan Jones

    You seem just a tad defensive here, something hit a nerve? As far as it not being the priest’s business who anyone votes for, WRONG- it IS the priest’s job to remind people of the truth, because it gets so blurred by the chaos and insanity of our present culture. Your conscience must be formed and led by the teachings of the Church, not by the influence of the media. His point was, if you choose or decide to throw your support to a candidate who supports the brutal murder of innocent, helpless unborn person’s, then you purposefully choose to act immorally. Hey angry person, it’s still your choice. You have the power in your hand to choose life or choose death. Your stand should be taken on that, not judging the person you are gunnysacking against because lets face it, neither one of these “winners” have led a clean life. One is more exposed and unabashed, the other more deceptive and proficient at lying. Good luck figuring this one out

  • Roy Montfort

    When I heard on a recent Raymond Arroy EWTN, that only 32 percent of Catholics are voting for the pro life canadate, it sadden my soul, satan has truely invaded our church.

  • Ken Garceau

    Here is the answer directly from the “Guide to Catholic Voting” (2016) I quote :”The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. It must always be opposed”

  • bill hohn

    Some of your articles were written regarding the last election- Chaput, Paprocki, does church have right to tell me how to vote. How do these men connect what they said in 2012 with now?

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