Doug Kmiec’s Book-Length Obama Defense

kmiecbook.jpgSteve Waldman has excerpts from Douglas Kmiec’s new book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama.

The passages cover Kmiec’s being denied communion over his support for Obama and his defense of the Illinois Senator for opposing the Illinois “Born Alive” Act.

Read God-o-Meter’s interview with Kmiec, a conservative legal scholar and veteran of Republican White Houses.


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posted September 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Are we back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition? Denying a person Holy Sacraments because of his vote?
OH_OH NAZI watch!!

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Mercedes H Barris

posted October 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

That is the hypocrisy of the Catholics that profess to be “Catholics”. They have learned well from their church.

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steve perzan

posted October 14, 2008 at 11:23 pm

I am a Catholic and I study my Catholic faith and I offer this information.: The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a document to serve as a voters guide. It is called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States.” It is well thought out and a Catholic who reads it with an openness of mind and heart will come to the conclusion that: A Catholic Can Vote For Obama With A Clear Conscience.
Some of the things that Catholic’s are reminded of in that document are that Catholics should not be single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support. A well informed Catholic knows that there are many “pro-life issues”. The Catholic Bishops have stated this over and over again., such as: racism, other unjust discrimination; the use of the death penalty; resorting to unjust war, use of torture, war crimes and failure to respond to those who are suffering from hunger or lack of health care and unjust immigration policies. These are all serious “pro-life issues” which the Catholic Bishops tell Catholic voters that “they cannot consider them as optional concerns or simply dismiss them.”
The Bishops say that when these concerns are included in the “pro-life” debate then a Catholic with a good conscience can vote for a candidate who may reject a particular teaching like abortion and vote for that candidate based on these other morally grave reasons.
When all the “pro-life” issues are considered Obama is more in line with catholic teaching then McCain. Obama is more in line with Catholic theology and Catholic Social Gospel teaching then many — I would dare say, even most Catholics. And when it comes to the choice of a “”fundamental option for the poor” which Vatican II called a constitutive element of the Gospel , is certainly something that Obama follows more closely then McCain.
I would hope that if you don’t believe me that you would go out and by the Bishops’ document for yourself.

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