Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Election year: vote pro-life...

Today I voted (absentee ballot) in the Vatican City State. It was an honor. To really enjoy the moment the ballot was filled out in St. Peter's Square. The employee at the Vatican Post, in thick Roman dialect, mentioned it was the first ballot they got. He asked me who I voted for. The reply was simple: "For the soldier."

Nuff said. But although it's above his pay grade, it's not above mine...

"...and he was filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb."
-Luke 1:15


Anonymous said...

Here's what Archbishop John Onaiyekan, one of the papally apointed prelates to the Scripture Summit, had to say:
“The fact that you oppose abortion doesn’t necessarily mean that you are pro-life,” Onaiyekan said in an interview with NCR. “You can be anti-abortion and still be killing people by the millions through war, through poverty, and so on.”

A past president of the African bishops’ conference, Onaiyekan is widely seen as a spokesperson for Catholicism in Africa. During the synod, he was tapped to deliver a continental report on behalf of the African bishops.

Onaiyekan said the election of an African-American president would have positive repercussions for America’s image in the developing world.

“It would mean that for the first time, we would begin to think that the Americans are really serious in the things they say, about freedom, equality, and all that,” he said. “For a long time, we’ve been feeling that you don’t really mean it, that they’re just words.”

Onaiyekan said he’s aware that many American Catholics have reservations about Obama because of his stand on abortion, but he looks at it differently.

“Of course I believe that abortion is wrong, that it’s killing innocent life,” he said. “I also believe, however, that those who are against abortion should be consistent.

“If my choice is between a person who makes room for abortion, but who is really pro-life in terms of justice in the world, peace in the world, I will prefer him to somebody who doesn’t support abortion but who is driving millions of people in the world to death,” Onaiyekan said.

“It’s a whole package, and you never get a politician who will please you in everything,” he said. “You always have to pick and choose.”

Anonymous said...

I guess being an ocean away does cloud ones judgement.

Anonymous said...

...or gives one a more clear perspective.