I have this exchange a lot with people. And I get a ton of mail from perplexed prolife Catholics who feel tormented about thinking the Faith somehow obliges them to vote for a criminally negligent Mob Boss, traitor, and swine like Trump whom they know in their hearts to be unfit for office. So I’ve decided to write a series on the moral act of voting from the perspective of a prolife Catholic who believes all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims is revealed by God. My purpose is not to tell you who you must vote for. But it is, emphatically, to argue that there is no moral room whatsoever for voting for Trump. In a future post, I will allow that I think there is moral room for abstaining or voting third party. But I will also argue why I will be voting for Biden with the serene approval of my conscience before Almighty God and, I hope, you will agree with me and do likewise.
This post will stand as a sort of prologue and precis for the whole argument, which I will give in detail in future posts.
When somebody tells me I can’t vote for Biden I always think of that moment where somebody came up to Australian comic Jim Jeffries in a spittle-flecked rage declaring “YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE SECOND AMENDMENT!”
To which Jeffries replied, “Yes you can. It’s called an amendment.”
Similarly, my reply to the claim that I cannot vote for Biden as a faithful Catholic is “Yes you can. He’s the Democratic candidate for President.”
What the critics mean, of course, is that you cannot morally vote for him as a Catholic and that to do so is to, as the saying goes, “support babykilling.”
Except that’s not true.
The issue is pretty simple. There is no prolife party. There never has been. There is the party that gave us both the Roe and Casey decisions, has never overturned them, and has refunded Planned Parenthood every year for decades (including raising that funding every year of the Trump administration to its highest levels in history). That party, led by the Most Prolife President in History, has been rewarded for its record Planned Parenthood funding with the highest Planned Parenthood abortion rate in 15 years.
Then there are the Democrats, who just let all that happen because they don’t have to do anything but uphold what the GOP created. Under Dems, abortion rates have seen their most precipitous drops. Biden’s administration brought it to its lowest rate since Roe. Under the GOP Mexico City policy, abortions in sub-Saharan Africa rise by 40%.
Given that, we are obliged to judge prudently, not who is Catholic, but who will be the more competent president and the one who is not a moral monster and Mob Boss who has killed 180K Americans with his criminal negligence, driven the economy straight into the ground as a result, gone to war with the American ability to vote, and betrayed US troops to Russia-paid bounty hunters, to name just a few of his crimes.
That better candidate is clearly Biden. And so it is perfectly obvious to me that this faithful Catholic not only may but must vote for Biden precisely because it will help lessen abortion along with preventing or healing a host of other evils and corruptions Trump has committed.
Along the way, it will also help prevent the passive euthanasia of COVID patients that the criminal fool in the White House has inflicted on blue state victims and is about to inflict on the children he insists must return to school in the teeth of all public health professional warnings.
This line of reasoning is perfectly Catholic and is precisely what is mentioned here:
“A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour 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.” – Benedict XVI
So don’t be shy about telling the bully who tries to intimidate you that you “can’t” vote for Biden and still be a faithful Catholic. Boldly reply, “My reasons are plenty proportional. Don’t tell me a faithful Catholic cannot vote for Biden over Trump. Trump is the gravest domestic threat to the United States since the Civil War. And no small part of that threat is that he has massively corrupted the ‘prolife’ movement into apologists for mass murder and treason while not doing a thing to prevent abortion. Obama/Biden created a pandemic response plan as well as taking steps to reduce demand for abortion that brought it to its lowest level in history since the Roe decision. Trump has not only not done a damn thing to save a single unborn child, he has, with the willing participation of nearly the entire ‘prolife’ movement been the attending physician to its vast and enormous act of assisted suicide.”
Keep reading over the next few days and we will learn to push back hard against this religious voter intimidation scheme that has gripped the Church for far too long.