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Catholic Teaching on Voting for Pro-Abortion Candidates
Part 14

This is a very serious matter that will affect the laws of the land for many years to come. In the USA, the courts have been legislating from the bench. And among other things, imprisonment for those who will stand up for true Christian values is on the horizon (penalties arising from hate speech laws, abortion referral laws, same-sex adoption laws, etc.). Whoever is the next President will decide on the make-up of the Supreme Court, which will determine its direction for many years to come. Joe Biden wants to protect Roe v. Wade (and so does Barack Obama), and Obama will make judicial appointments with this as a major consideration. In fact, they will NOT appoint pro-lifers to the bench, because of this consideration. On the other hand, John McCain has the right vision for the bench.

So the electoral choice of Americans for President will not just determine the course of the nation for the next 4 or even 8 years, but for decades to come. Should a Catholic, by voting for pro-abortion candidates now, in effect sentence the nation to live under the culture of death?

God bless.


Courting Votes

For the last time, the U.S. Supreme Court opened its session today with President George Bush in office. After eight years of the slimmest conservative majority, a new season of uncertainty is looming over the nation's highest court. Next year at this time, two-thirds of the Court will be at least 70 years old, and Justice John Paul Stevens will be one birthday shy of his 90th. To say the next president holds the keys to the make-up of this court-and lower ones-is an understatement. As writer Michael Doyle points out, President Bush has placed 316 judges on the bench since 2001, meaning that "one out of three federal judges now owes a lifetime-tenured job to the current president." President Bush's successor will inherit at least 44 vacancies in the federal judiciary-many of them considered "judicial emergencies" by the Office of U.S. Courts. Speaking on behalf of the Obama campaign at the Vice Presidential debates last week, Sen. Joe Biden outlined his judicial philosophy, saying, "...[T]he ideology of [a] judge makes a big difference. That's why I led the fight against Judge Bork. Had he been on the court, I suspect there would be a lot of changes that I don't like... including everything from Roe v. Wade to issues relating to civil rights and civil liberties. ...And that's why I was the first chairman of the Judiciary Committee to forthrightly state that it matters what your judicial philosophy is." At a speech in North Carolina, Sen. John McCain had this to say about his vision for the bench. "I will look for accomplished men and women with a proven record of excellence in the law, and a proven commitment to judicial restraint. I will look for people... [who] understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power, and clear limits to the scope of federal power...They will do their work with impartiality, honor, and humanity, with an alert conscience, immune to...fashionable theory, and faithful in all things to the Constitution of the United States."

Additional Resources

McClatchy: Next president will reshape U.S. courts from top to bottom

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