The post prior to this deals with the matter of examining this election in light of Catholic moral teaching. A comment to that post seems to take exception to what I wrote. One line stands out, citing "an erroneous use of Catholic doctrine to try and put pressure on people to vote for Trump". Would it be an erroneous use of Catholic doctrine to pursuade people not to vote for Hillary? This question of mine is not merely rhetorical, especially since Hillary has chosen a pro-abortion Catholic as her running mate and will be likely to snag the votes of many liberal Catholics as did Obama.
This election is not the first one in which "purer than thou" misguided Catholics have decided to shirk their civic duties and stay home, not accepting that the GOP candidates, while far from perfect, were many times more preferable to their rabidly anti-God Democratic opponents. Long-time readers of this blog will recall that I attempted, during those times, to examine that stance, and voting in general, through the lens of Catholic moral theology. I've no doubt that my attempts may well have contained some mistakes, but to the best of my knowledge, I was the only one who attempted such examination - at least openly.
Common sense dictates that matters such as exercise of the voting right/responsibility are so weighty as to warrant such examination and discussion. I realize that many clergy might be inclined to shy away from it for fear of jeopardizing that all-too-important "c3" status. By the way: did we all pick up what Trump said about repealing that onorous Johnson amendment?
Therefore I was delighted to see Father West's post on facebook - the one I copied into my Wednesday post. Father Guarnizo believes that Father West's logic was "atrocious" but cited no reasons for his assertion. I for one find no problem with Father West's reasoning, and it seems other commenters agree. I'm grateful to Father West for taking a stab at looking at this election through the lens of moral theology.
As far as using doctrine to pursue a Trump vote, might it simply be that the application of Catholic moral principles make the truly moral course of action to be as plain and clear as the nose on one's face? Sometimes there is only one moral path to take, leaving no "wiggle room". To those who balk at such a suggestion, I can only say "tough tiddly-winks". The situation is what it is. Deal with it.
For those #nevertrump folks who still insist on digging in their heels and denying reality, I now link to some food for thought by Gerard Nadal. If this shoe fits, please amend that.
The Stumbling Blocks in Front of the Blind
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