A recent post on the web quoted “A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters by EWTN” as claiming that “it would not be morally permissible for you to vote” for a political candidate who supported abortion.
And yet, in contrast to this the post then quoted then Cardinal Ratzinger's 2003 letter to the U.S. Bishops’ Conference stating that such a vote “can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”
Which view is correct?
Answer by Fr.Stephen F. Torraco on 6/12/2008:
There is no contradiction between the two statements. When then Cardinal Ratzinger spoke of proportionate reasons, he was speaking of those cases in which there were genuine dilemmas for voters; for example, having to choose among candidates all of whom are pro-abortion. In such dilemmas, a voter is morally permitted to choose what he discerns to be the lesser evil.