Monday, October 13, 2008

No moral equivalence between prudential issues and those involving "intrinsic evil"

"As Catholics we are faced with a number of issues that are of concern and should be addressed, such as immigration reform, healthcare, the economy and its solvency, care and concern for the poor, and the war on terror. As Catholics we must be concerned about these issues and work to see that just solutions are brought about. There are many possible solutions to these issues and there can be reasonable debate among Catholics on how to best approach and solve them. These are matters of "prudential judgment." But let us be clear: issues of prudential judgment are not morally equivalent to issues involving intrinsic evils. No matter how right a given candidate is on any of these issues, it does not outweigh a candidate's unacceptable position in favor of an intrinsic evil such as abortion or the protection of 'abortion rights.' "

- From "Voting as 'Faithful Citizens' " by Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell,
Bishop of Dallas, and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas.

Read the entire letter here.

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