How about Catholics who vote for a pro-choice candidate? Should they be excommunicated? I am curious because I have a close relative who is “very” Catholic, yet is voting for Obama.
Ooops, please disregard my last post....I see my answer. FR is terrific!
I can not answer for those who consider themselves as true Catholics but for me as a Baptist I can not and will not support Abortion in any form.
I also consider that anyone who supports Abortion as not being true followers of Christ.
Further, when on staff of a foreign country Doc was told she had to perform Abortions and she said no.
The Hospital Administrator told her she would suffer the consequences of her actions and she told him “I will not perform Abortions even if it means I have to find another line of work or profession”.
I witnessed my first and last abortion in 1998 and brother no one will ever convince me that Jesus Christ would approve of the gut wrenching horrific procedure or those who support the murder of the unborn.
As a Catholic I can't for the life of me understand anyone who would support a pro-choice candidate.
I would assume they are still not very aware of the teachings of the church, or are unwilling to learn as much as they can. That being said excommunicating those who support pro-choice candidates would be a very difficult task. The priest and the officials would have to know the heart of each individual that voted for these pro-choice candidates.
The difference is huge when a pro-choice candidate publicly supports abortion rights and then expects to receive communion at Mass. It creates scandal in the church for the faithful who are following the doctrine of the church. It's a little more messy when you try to pinpoint voters who are more private in their voting actions.
Hope this helps.