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Refrain from saying that voting for Biden is a mortal sin, Father Martin advises priests

September 04, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “It is not a sin to vote for either Mr. Biden or Mr. Trump,” the Jesuit wrote. “Nor is it a sin to be Democrat or Republican.” Father Martin cited the future Pope Benedict’s 2004 memorandum to Theodore McCarrick: “when a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Sep. 04, 2020 7:42 PM ET USA

    Probably dangerous ground but after examining this issue a bit, I cannot find any "proportionate reasons" to vote for a pro-abortion/pro euthanasia candidate. I'm sure Pope Benedict is far, far smarter than me but I find "proportionate reasons" a version of lukewarmness. Our state is pushing for a ban on abortion after 22 weeks. I will not support it because I think it indicates we "can be bought"; it's just a question at what price. In the words of a famous comedian, Change My Mind.