To the editor:
I have written and taken a strong position against pro-choice Catholic politicians, like Sen. John Kerry. Yet I was troubled reading in the December issue of the Catholic Courier when Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo stated: “This moment for us, is very important because the triumph of Bush was only because of moral values.”
I disagree strongly with this thinking for several reasons. First, President Bush supports the death penalty.
Secondly, President Bush’s policy of pre-emptive and first strike attacks is similar to a pro-choice strategy, by solving problems through violence. His policies of war has turned a deaf ear to the pleas of Pope John Paul II. There have not only been a loss of over 1,000 American lives through the war in Iraq, but there have been estimates from 30,000 to 100,00 Iraqis that have been killed.
Thirdly, President Bush may be considered by some people as anti-abortion or pro-birth, but in his views, he is not truly pro-life. He has stated that he will support abortions for rape and incest. President Bush has stated he will require no litmus on the pro-life issue for his judicial nominees. Pro-life voters tend to forget that this same reasoning of supporting President Bush was used to support a supposedly strong anti-abortion President, Ronald Reagan, who in turn eventually appointed Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Kennedy to the Supreme Court. Also George H. Bush appointed David Souter. If they had been pro-life judges, they could have in 1992, if not before, overturned Roe v. Wade.
President Bush’s approach to stem cell research has actually removed the ethical restraint of using taxpayers’ money to destroy life. That is why a passage in Faithful Citizenship sums up my view: “At this time some Catholics may feel particularly homeless, sensing that no public party and too few candidates share a consistent concern for human life and dignity.”
Father Jim Hewes
St. John the Evangelist Church
To the editor: