Monday, May 26, 2008
In a recent column, Denver's Archbishop Chaput responded to a group called "Catholics for Obama" who had quoted him without providing the full context. After confessing his own support (which he now views as midguided) for a pro-choice candidate decades ago and after noting that he "can't name any "pro-choice" Catholic politician who has been active, in a sustained public way, in trying to discourage abortion and to protect unborn human life -- not one," Chaput reiterated that Catholics who support Obama or any other pro-choice candidate "need a compelling proportionate reason to justify it. What is a 'proportionate' reason when it comes to the abortion issue? It's the kind of reason we will be able to explain, with a clean heart, to the victims of abortion when we meet them face to face in the next life - which we most certainly will. If we're confident that these victims will accept our motives as something more than an alibi, then we can proceed."
For his full statement, click here.