Tonight Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput gave an address at a dinner for the national Catholic women’s group ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), in which he critiqued the arguments of Prof. Doug Kmiec in favor of voting for Senator Obama, despite his stance on abortion. A condensed and adapted version of the address can be found online here at the Witherspoon Institute’s website (the same place one can find the essay by Prof. Robert George on Obama’s abortion extremism which other contributors have previously mentioned).
Rather than recap the entire address by the archbishop, I’ll draw attention to just one portion of the address, notable to me for the strength of their tone and rhetoric:
To suggest – as some Catholics do – that Senator Obama is this year’s ”real” prolife candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse. To portray the 2008 Democratic Party presidential ticket as the preferred ”prolife” option is to subvert what the word ”prolife” means. Anyone interested in Senator Obama’s record on abortion and related issues should simply read Prof. Robert P. George’s Public Discourse essay from earlier this week, ”Obama’s Abortion Extremism,” and his follow-up article, ‘‘Obama and Infanticide.” They say everything that needs to be said.
As I’ve noted elsewhere, the complete irrationality and lack of judgment which is required for someone to hold the positions which Senator Obama does on these matters makes it absolutely impossible for me to vote for him. Yet somehow, this complete, utter and thorough lapse in judgment and sound thinking doesn’t deeply trouble pro-life Catholics like Prof. Kmiec and others. It vexes me. I am terribly vexed.