View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Why Catholics can't vote for Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand identifies herself as a Catholic, yet she has taken postions that go against the Church's teachings, including on the issue of abortion.

The latest update on her activities from her office provides further proof:

"She led the fight in the Senate to defeat the Stupak Amendment, which would have severely rolled back women’s reproductive rights."

Catholics and pro-lifers can't in good conscience vote for her.

3 Comments:

Blogger Padraic Mac Aodhagain said...

Lee, I'm confused. Recently you were pleased by the election of Scott Brown, a Republican with a pro-choice record. At the same time, you note that "Catholics can't vote for Gillibrand" because she has a pro-choice record. Can Catholics vote for those with a pro-choice record but only if they are Republicans?

12:56 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

No need to be confused.

The situation with Gillibrand is that she is a staunch supporter of abortion even as she describes herself as a Catholic. That is a betrrayal of her faith.

Brown is pro-choice, true, but far more moderately than she is, and given his radical opponent, he was the better choice in the Massachusetts race.

I have in the past staunchly oppposed pro-choice Republicans like Giuliani, for example, or opportunistic ones who switch positions on life issues, like Romney.

I'm registered with neither major political party. I vote for the person I think best in each race, no matter what party. Sometimes, neither candidate is ideal, so I'm forced to pick the least problematic one.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Though I do suppose if the Republicans nominate a Nazi or someone who holds her exact same views Catholics would be hard pressed about who gets their vote.

Then I would say we should vote third party. (I have done that.)

5:32 AM  

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