Presidential candidates respond to U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic, the Chicago-based magazine published by the Claretians, has put out a special election issue for October featuring an interview with the major parties’ presidential candidates based on questions submitted to each of them by e-mail.

The questions answered by Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama cover a wide range of topics such as abortion, stem-cell research, the death penalty, economy, the environment, health care and immigration. Claretian Father John Molyneux, the magazine’s editor, said he was pleased the candidates took the time to address concerns of Catholic voters. He also said the interview with presidential candidates is a first for the 73-year-old magazine.

“The Catholic Church’s positions don’t fit neatly with either of the two parties,” the priest said in a statement. “Our strong commitment to respect for life is complemented by an equally proud tradition of Catholic social teaching which promotes social justice, a preferential option of the poor, the common good, and peace.”

4 Responses

  1. I am conflicted by Sunday’s Homily regarding abortion, and our [ Catholics ], obligation to vote for candidates who do not support abortion. Do we intend to judge candidates simply by their stand on abortion. Republicans, i.e, Bush is against abortion, and did not make it a priority to do anything about abolishing abortion. President Bush did lie to the country about the issues in Iraq, and consequently sent thousands of young men to die for what McCain and Palin call “victory” in Iraq. Sarah Palin is fervently against abortion. Gov. Palin does not meet even minimum qualifications to be President of the United States. I feel as if I am comitting a sin if I vote for Obama. Do we then vote for someone who approves of torture and lies, who voted with President Bush 90% of the time. I am against abortion, I believe it is a terrible, and an evil choice. I pray that I can make a conscientious choice in November.

  2. Herb,
    I am a Catholic woman who would never have an abortion. I support Obama with a clear conscience. I do not believe it a sin to choose the person I feel would make a better president (and let’s be honest, chances are, Palin would be president due to McCain’s age and health issues). To me social justice is an important component in the fight against abortion. If this country can help the poor, then we wouldn’t have what people feel is an endemic abuse of Welfare, we wouldn’t find as many women who feel trapped because a baby would be untenable in their already hand-to-mouth existence. If the number of women who cry over the decision to terminate their pregnancy can be reduced then we can begin to fight for those who carelessly terminate can be addressed and fought. And I believe that this kind of social justice cannot be undertaken by Republicans. History has shown that whenever Republicans are in power, they do not reform governmental agencies such as Welfare or Medicare, they reduce them to the point of dysfunctionality. I feel that Jesus set this example by befriending the outcasts, changing their lives by showing them that there is a better way, not by shunning the needy.

  3. And when I mean “fight for those who carelessly terminate” I mean to keep them from being able to carelessly terminate. In fact, they shouldn’t be able to abort a child.

  4. I wish that the Catholic Church would take a stand as, “Church Militant” and assist the People of God with difinitive statements about the Politicians, instead of trying to curryfavor Politicians and/or Parties, so as not to ruffle feathers of the Golden Goose. Where is Oscar Romero when you need him ?

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