I am thinking of voting for the Constitution Party’s candidate. I’m sorry, Trump could care less about the pro-life movement and we all know where Hillary stands. Catholics are screwed in this election.
I KNOW the CP’s candidate is truly pro-life. Thanks.
A vote for Trump, though is a vote against Clinton, who is decidedly pro-choice, more pro-choice than any other candidate that has ever run for president. Voting for a 3rd party candidate means nothing because no 3rd party candidate has a chance of winning. If you go that route, you may as well not vote at all. The Church doesn’t require that we vote for candidates that are perfect. A vote for Trump (not pushing him, just pointing out the facts) meets the criteria the Church gives us for voting with a well-formed conscience since he doesn’t promote abortion and he has a chance of winning.
Yes. You can. In fact, I’m personally convinced the pro-life movement would be better served by taking a principled stance against both parties, instead of selling our souls to a candidate who doesn’t actually care about pro-life issues and is just using us to get votes.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.” – Alexander Hamilton
Almost every Catholic I know IRL is voting 3rd party, especially the older ones. Clinton aside, voting for Trump is objectively evil. The notion that one can’t do something wrong for a greater good is a very Catholic one.
Personally, I’m more utilitarian and I do believe that sometimes, the ends justify the means. This point is probably the biggest disagreement I have with Catholic moral teaching, and I really have very few. (Obviously, I have many theological differences, starting first and foremost with the existence of god)