Center for Ethics and Leadership

Saturday, September 20, 2008

McCain and Pro-Choice War

Read the above headline carefully. Its says war, not wars. John Kavanaugh, S.J., to whose clear thinking I often refer, has written an open letter to Sen. McCain that follows his open letter to Sen. Obama. You can read both in the online version of America, as the magazine has not restricted them to subscribers.

Had I written "McCain and the Pro-Choice Wars," this might have been another entry on abortion. It is instead about Iraq, which Kavanaugh long ago called George Bush's "war of choice." In his current column, he tells McCain that many Catholics would like to vote for him, but as Obama presents a problem with his stance on abortion, so does McCain with his position on Iraq. So who to vote for? Here is how Kavanaugh puts it:

How are we to treat the least of our brothers and sisters, whether they are unborn, undocumented or citizens of a country we are set to invade?

This is a profound question, and one on which much politics turns.


  • "How are we to treat the least of our brothers and sisters?"
    May I expand the population under consideration to the American poor, the unemployed and under-employed, the disabled, the elderly? How do we reconcile our professed "Christianity" with our domestic and foreign policies? In the two most recent presidential elections my congregation was encouraged to 'vote according to their values', and their candidate won. Close to eight years later, few of the "least of our brothers and sisters" seem better off, but perhaps I need to refine my definition of the population(s) in question.

    By Blogger kobe2, At September 20, 2008 12:02 PM  

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