Read here about Catholics voting for Obama, in spite of his extreme views on abortion.
This isn’t difficult. If you are pro-life, don’t vote for Obama. He’s extreme on the issue and there’s Supreme Court judges to appoint. But look, that Catholics might support Obama isn’t exactly news–if every Catholic truly thought abortion was unthinkable–we wouldn’t have abortion in North America.
When the Catholic church speaks out against abortion, this is also not a difficult issue. It’s what they do, or should be doing, whether there’s an election or not (speaking out against taking innocent life–I think there may be something in the ten commandments about that). But enter academics at Catholic universities:
Also in the National Catholic Reporter, Lisa Cahill, a professor of theology at Boston College, wrote that certain bishops have crossed the line from extolling church teaching to becoming political partisans. [W]hen the Catholic Church is perceived to be cheerleaders for one political party a rich faith tradition is badly damaged and loses its prophetic voice.”
Another point that’s not really hard: When any church (and bear in mind, I don’t think abortion is a religious issue) starts to think taking life is AOK–that’s precisely when they lose their “prophetic voice.” But hey, if you want to understand why and how Catholics might not see abortion for the issue it is, look no further than those academics, sitting pretty in their ivory towers at so-called Catholic schools, searching for prophetic voices. Louder than their own, I mean.by