For Catholics only please: Cardinal Edward Egan of New York, the leading Catholic prelate, declared abortion "no less heinous than what was perpetrated by Hitler and Stalin," the Boston Globe reported. The newspaper column was illustrated with a picture of a 20-week fetus. Bishops in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, have warned Catholics against voting for any politician who supports abortion rights - When voting do you support or reject the church's position ?
Not a Catholic but my brother and ex-wife are.
Agreed with utopia that churches should not be able to get involved in politics while enjoying their tax exempt status.
My brother believes that a soul is created every time human sperm and egg meet. He feels that any abortion for any reason and no mater how early is tantamount to murder. The problem here is that since he believes this he considers everyone who has, enables, or allows an abortion to be an accomplice to murder. With this view he feels that he must impose his views on others, including people who do not share the same worldview.
My ex- was more moderate. She said she would never have an abortion but she didn't feel like she had the right to impose her values on other people.
As long as the RCC uses inflammatory language like this it will be impossible to find any common ground..
The irony here is that one of the most ardent supporters of reproductive rights,Planned Parenthood prevents many abortions by providing education and family planning services while the policies of the "pro-life" RCC causes more abortions.
as much as you want only catholics to answer you will have to bear with my answer first.
shouldnt voting be of free will? if a bishop or whatever tells people not to vote for anyone who is pro abortion how can that be free will? bishops have no right to tell people who to vote, its a peoples choice not a religious choice, anyone who does what these bishops want has lost his free will.
The church should have NO position in presidential votes, im not sure how they even allow such publications in the newspaper, it clearly shows the church wants to force its way into the votings and by saying what they said they clearly show support for McCain, which again, shouldnt be allowed.
any person who listens to the church before they vote, should hang their heads in shame and shouldnt be paid to work...a slave doesnt earn money...and thats what they turn out to be slaves to the church...
I'm sorry you prefer Catholics to answer this but, I don't think the Catholic church has any right to get involved in people's political views when voting or abortion.
I'm not Catholic as you know, but, if I was, I wouldn't support the position. Hmm, as far as Abortion, that shouldn't be the church's matter since that should be up to the member whether a woman should be pro life or pro choice. I'm sure the Catholic church is pro life it sounds like but, church and state should be separate and not mixed together.
I thought I'd way in here since I'm not Catholic. It shouldn't matter which party aphiliation members of the Catholic church should be in as long as they look at the issues.
"Bishops in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, have warned Catholics against voting for any politician who supports abortion rights"
I would say based on a this, the catholic church should lose its tax exempt status.
Not all catholics vote based on a single issue, nor do non-catholics. In fact, a recent article in the Long Island Catholic listed important issues to the church, and where each party falls on those issues, and by a large majority, Democrats were more alligned with church teachings that republicans.
BTW, I am a recovering catholic, so I think I qualified for answering...
I would never have an abortion, as a Catholic I believe it is wrong. However, I think church and state should be kept seperate and not all people share my views on the matter. The political party I voted for in New Zealands 2005 election supported gay marriage and decriminalisation of prostitution amoung other things. The way to get people to see the matter the same way I do is not to make it to take their choice away by making it illegal. I doubt that would stop people having abortions anyway, it would just make it less safe for the woman involved.
"The Catholic Church is against abortion"...
WOW, what a news flash!
There are probably few Catholics who will be changing their vote over this pronouncement...
I guess my mom "rejects" it?
Why do you need OTHER people to decide things for you?
THINK for yourSELF :].
Kay thanks bye.
you shouldnt worry about what the church thinks. you should think for yourself.
If this was stated from the pulpit, they should lose their tax exempt status.
As a former Catholic, I never cared what political advice the church gave.
Yes, I reject the Church's position. Now, what's this about voting?