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Story was ‘disservice’

To the editor:

I believe that Mike Latona has rendered a significant disservice with his two-part series of articles regarding Catholic political responsibility. The first part of the series, appearing in the September issue, leaves the impression that one could weigh a candidate’s support for intrinsic evils such as abortion on the same scale as a candidate’s positions on a variety of other issues.

In the second article, appearing in the October issue, Mr. Latona addresses the U.S. bishops’ recent clear distinctions between intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, etc., and other issues, but then immediately proceeds to undermine the bishops’ efforts. For example, Mr. Latona makes the case that a McCain Presidency would lead to greater poverty, which would in turn lead to more abortions, thus justifying a vote for Obama.

This is a dubious claim, as there is no evidence tying Republican success to greater poverty or more abortions. But even if Mr. Latona’s assertion in this regard were true, it still could not justify voting for someone who supports an intrinsic evil. That is, Catholic moral teaching does not allow us to use an evil means — voting in support of legalized abortion — in order to achieve the good end of fewer abortions overall. This is the point that the Pope and the U.S. bishops have been trying to make — that one cannot support intrinsic evils, no matter how much one prefers a candidate’s positions on issues of prudential judgment, such as when to wage war or how to combat poverty.

Unfortunately, Mr. Latona seems more interested in justifying support for pro-abortion candidates than he is in promoting an authentically Catholic approach to voting.

Guy Amisano Jr

Stillwater Drive

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Latona is a reporter, not a columnist like Father Richard McBrien. Columnists are free to express their opinions, but journalistic ethics forbid reporters to do so. Instead, a reporter’s obligation is to accurately report the statements and opinions of named sources. All claims found in these two articles — and in any other Courier news story — are those of the named sources, whether people or documents, NOT of the newspaper’s reporters and editors.

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