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Jul 03, 2004



[N.B. 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.]

Is Cardinal Ratzinger saying that one could vote for John Kerry (or other pro-abortion politicians), as long as one is not voting for them because they are pro-abortion? That appears to be what he's saying... and if it is, I would recommend that you take back your criticism of Bishop D'Arcy in one of your previous posts, since he is only agreeing with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Unless I'm not understanding, in which case I hope you'll correct me, because I fully intend to vote for John Kerry if I can and if the Church tells me that I can, whereas I will not if the Church tells me I cannot. I really don't know why the Church won't just be clear.


No, Nathan, that is not what Cardinal Ratzinger is saying. The key phrase in this sentence is "which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons". This example is laid out in the Vatican's Document on Catholics in Political life and Evangelium Vitae as being the case where both politicians are equally pro-abortion (or pro-abortion to some degree) and the choice must be made to vote for one of them, so you vote for the one who will do the least harm. But in these instances you must be clear not to vote for the Candidate BECAUSE they are pro-abortion, but rather despite their being pro-abortion for other reasons because there is not a pro-life candidate.


Oh okay, I've got it. Thanks Stephen.

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