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Archbishop Lori: Catholics should not vote for candidates who support intrinsic evils

Catholic World News - August 10, 2012

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has told Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online that Catholics should not vote for candidates who support intrinsic evils.

“This is a big moment for Catholic voters to step back from their party affiliation,” said Archbishop Lori. “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.”

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  • Posted by: dagbat - Aug. 18, 2012 1:07 PM ET USA

    Crystal clear and well said. Kudos to Archbishop Lori for his leadership and courage to speak out. More of the Bishops should also be publically saying the same thing. Where are they?

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 11, 2012 10:28 PM ET USA

    The problem is,there are no good choices,the hands of both men are dirty.To not vote at all is tempting but not helpful.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Aug. 11, 2012 1:32 PM ET USA

    This sounds remarkably basic. Yet it is an indication of where we are today. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Catholics who do not exhibit an understanding of, nor any distaste for those things once described as intrinsically evil. Many belong to organizations that support those things and many make enormous sacrifices to express themselves opposition to Church authorities. This is harmful to souls. To many, however, this is simply realizing the American dream.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 10, 2012 8:39 PM ET USA

    The Bishop is so right!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Aug. 10, 2012 3:26 PM ET USA

    I am sure one of the things the Archbishop had in mind was abortion. However the use of articficial contraceptives is intrinsically evil as well. Unfortunately many see nothing wrong with this. Will that come up in debate and the political fray? This is a tactic of the Obama Admn that is using the health care mandate as an issue of contraception. Potentially you could have most candidates saying they had no problem with contraception which is an intrinsic evil. Obama is bad on both issues.

  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Aug. 10, 2012 11:46 AM ET USA

    Don't vote for them, but it's OK to invite them to the Al Smith dinner for an evening of levity!

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