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Aug 01, 2004

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jcecil3

Greetings!

The letter does not say one can not vote for a pro-choice politician. Rather, it says you cannot vote for a pro-choice politician because of his or her pro-choice stand. In other words, if there is grave reason to vote for a pro-choice candidate based on another issue(such as reducing abortions as opposed to candidate who would increase them, or trying to stop the murder of innocents by the state through an unjust war) you can do so.

Here are the bishops own words from your own link:

If one had a properly formed conscience admitting the grave evil of abortion and euthanasia, as the Church teaches, and does not share a candidates stand in favor of abortion and euthanasia, but votes for the candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation which can be permitted, Cardinal Ratzinger states, if proportionate reasons are present, e.g., the candidate would limit abortions.

Peace!

Chris Burgwald

jcecil3, neither of the reasons you mention ("such as reducing abortions as opposed to candidate who would increase them, or trying to stop the murder of innocents by the state through an unjust war") are considered proportionate means when it comes to abortion. If you read the entirety of Ratzinger's letter (which Bp. Carlson did not quote), you'll see that he specifically refers to the question of war, and distinguishes it from abortion, in that the latter is *always* immoral, while the former is not.

Futhermore, Bp. Carlson himself did not intend to mean that those issues "trump" the abortion issue. Trust me... I work for him.

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