“Catholic voters can’t vote for a candidate who stands for an intrinsic evil”

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori

By Karen Quiner

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori went on the record at the annual Knights of Columbus convention in California stating:

“The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”

(Please read the entire article here.)

There is no room for compromise on the settled issues of our faith. There are two major social issues up for debate this election cycle that are settled issues of our faith. Marriage is between one man and one woman. And life begins at the moment of conception; so, abortion is murder.

It is the Christians, particularly my Catholic brothers and sisters who don’t stand with us on these issues, who distress me the most.

How is it that they can justify the murder of a child in ANY circumstance. One of our faithful readers (an atheist) said this:

“I am against abortion because of science, not religion. Science has proven it is a human being.” (I paraphrased) Also he said, “Christians call this a Christian nation, then how is it that we allow abortion?.” (also paraphrased)

Bob gets it. He also exhibits an intellectual honesty that I appreciate. How is it that so many of my fellow Christians don’t?

It makes me want to weep.


  1. Bob Vance on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Karen: Sorry but this is more a continuation form last night’s talk.

    Thank you and Tom for allowing me to input my views on your blog. I enjoy the banter.
    Just to be clear, my reference to “discriminate” was directed towards your opposition to same-sex marriage. My view is, if you are against homosexuality, then don’t do it. But to use the Bible to force others to live within your religious views in my opinion is discrimination.
    Are you and your church lobbying to close down Red Lobsters? (Lev 11:9-12) How about disbarring all divorce lawyers? (Matt 18:7, Matt 5:31-32,…)
    First off, an assumption is being made without any given proof: That time has a beginning (and an ending). But let’s continue…
    6. Argument from Motion (aka the Domino argument)
    An initial force that started everything in motion doesn’t have to be a God, especially not the Judeo-Christian God. It’s God in your argument because you want it to be God. It could just as easily be some physical phenomenon – such as the Big Bang.
    7. Argument from Cause
    An initial cause that started all effects doesn’t have to be a God… [See 1 above]
    8. Argument from Contingency
    Who caused God to exist? If all things that exist(ed) at one time didn’t exist. Then God couldn’t have always existed. He didn’t exist at one point. So how did he come into existence to bring everything else into existence.
    9. Argument from Perfection (aka the Ontological Argument)
    “Something that is perfect HAS to exist or else it wouldn’t be perfect, being that existence is a requisite for perfection. One, who says that a perfect thing has to exist or else be imperfect? And two, I can conceive of a “perfect unicorn” as well. Consisting of all the qualities that would make the unicorn perfect, setting the standards of “what should be strived for as a unicorn.” In no way, does the fact that I can conceive of a perfect creature alter its state of “exist” or “doesn’t exist.” “
    10. Argument from Design (aka the Teleological Argument)
    This is essentially the one Intelligent Design is based on. “All things must have a purpose, and therefore must have some Intelligent Designer behind it. “ No one knows for sure how the universe started. We do know that our existence is but a blip in the existence of humans here on earth, and that life on earth in but a blimp in the existence of the universe. Just because we don’t know how it happened does not imply an Intelligent Designer. Based on what we know of evolution and its natural progression, it would make more since that the universe evolved in a natural progression also.

    I am off to meet up with my youngest son. We are going to go see the new Will Farrell movie.

  2. Lisa Bourne on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Archbishop.