Anti-Abortion Catholics for Obama?

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 7, 2008 9:38am

Coming on the heels of Doug Kmiec’s new book "Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Questions about Barack Obama," Duquesne University School of Law dean Nick Cafardi has written an essay titled, "I’m Catholic, Staunchly Anti-Abortion, and Support Obama."

"I believe that abortion is an unspeakable evil, yet I support Sen. Barack Obama, who is pro-choice," he writes. “I do not support him because he is pro-choice, but in spite of it. Is that a proper moral choice for a committed Catholic? As one of the inaugural members of the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board on clergy sexual abuse, and as a canon lawyer, I answer with a resounding yes."

Cafardi writes that anti-abortion activists "have lost the abortion battle — permanently. A vote for Sen. John McCain does not guarantee the end of abortion in America. Not even close."

So why Obama? McCain and Obama agree on embryonic stem-cell research, he says, so that’s a wash.

"But what about an unjust war? In 2003, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) said flatly that ‘reasons sufficient for unleashing a war against Iraq did not exist.’ McCain voted for it; Obama opposed it.

"What about torture? There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," according to Antonio Taguba, the retired major general who investigated abuses in Iraq. Obama opposes the use of torture in all cases; McCain, himself a victim of torture, voted to allow the CIA to use so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" — a euphemism for torture."

William A. Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, responds today with an essay he calls, "tongue-in-cheek," "I’m Catholic, Staunchly Anti-Racist, and Support David Duke."

- jpt

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