This morning on NPR, I heard a very brief story about the Vatican removing the restriction on Catholics from voting for people who approve of abortion. The official word is that people can vote for whomever they wish, as long as personally they are against abortion.
On the one hand, I’m puzzled about what it means to be “against” abortion, and yet vote for someone who intends to allow it to continue, if not help it progress. If you’re against it, why would you place someone in power that intends to further it?
On the other hand, I’m not naive enough to think that anyone should really vote for someone based on one issue alone, and this frees Catholics to vote based on a wider range of issues.
I won’t get into whether or not a Polish Pope in Italy should control a huge number of American voters in our Presidential election.