Father gave a sermon a couple weeks ago about voting in the election. He started off by stating that a few years ago he gave a sermon on the Iraq War that caused one of the parishioners to get up in the middle of the sermon and leave. This person left this parish and went to another one. The priest then said that he is not sorry to have offended this person because he has to stand up for what he believes in. Then he moved on to the main point of his sermon. His sermon was about voting and who we should vote for. He said that while one of the parties may not be good on a “certain issue,” they are good when it comes to protecting Social Security and Medicare, raising taxes on the rich, and social justice in general. Because this party is so righteous in these areas we shouldn’t hold this “certain issue” against them when we go into the voting booth.
I just had to reach out to the priest. He knows me well, he knows my family, so I am not a random person. I have a 10-month-old son. I emailed the priest and asked him, point blank, if he believes that if I were to take my son to the town square and shoot him in the head if that is the same “evil” as if my wife were to have gotten an abortion while she was pregnant with him. I asked him “Do you believe that fetuses have a right to life?” I asked “Are you pro-choice or pro-life?” I didn’t talk about parties; I simply focused on the morality of abortion and wanted to know if he shared the Catholic teaching that abortion is wrong.
He emailed me back and said he was offended by my analogy and basically blew me off. He didn’t deny being pro-choice. He said he doesn’t mix politics into his sermons. I told him he’d be surprised to find out he’s more political than he realizes. So he sent me back an email that said essentially “I will not discuss this further.” What do I do now? Do I leave the parish or should I try to work this out?