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Can a Catholic Support Him?: Asking the Big Questions about Barack Obama

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On April 18, 2008, Douglas W. Kmiec was denied Communion at a Catholic Mass in Westlake, California. Ironically, Kmiec had been invited by a Catholic business group to give a dinner address on the Bishop's teaching of "Faithful Citizenship." Kmiec had served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel for both Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush. But now, he found himself reject ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 17th 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published September 15th 2008)
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Eddie
May 27, 2013 Eddie rated it really liked it
Shelves: barack-obama
Catholicism is not a single-party platform

Mr. Kmiec is provides the Big Answer to the Big Question of can a Catholic support Barack Obama. Mr. Kmiec makes his case for Catholics casting their vote for Obama - guilt free:

"...it violates no aspect of Catholic teaching for a Catholic voter to endorse, support or vote for Barack Obama, even if Senator Obama sees better ways for reducing abortion than pressing for the Supreme Court to reverse Roe. Any claimed Catholic duty to the contrary is nonexist
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Debra
Nov 12, 2008 Debra rated it really liked it
This is a thoughtful book on a difficult subject--how a pro-life Catholic could support Barack Obama's presidential campaign in spite of Obama's support of Roe v. Wade. Kmiec's main point seemed to be that Obama's other positions are far more in keeping with Catholic social teaching than McCain's, and that pro-lifers have mistakenly put all their political eggs into the single basket of overturning Roe, which would in actuality only send the issue back to the fifty individual states, and in no w ...more
Susie
Apr 10, 2009 Susie marked it as to-read
I regularly see Doug at Mass, and he often teaches an adult education class on Sundays at my Church. I was well aware of his political stance last year and the controversy surrounding it. I just read about this book in my Pepperdine alumni magazine, so I think I will check it out.
Nick W.
Jun 18, 2015 Nick W. rated it really liked it
A good read for anyone interested in Catholic doctrine and its interpretation on voting. Certainly timely for the 2008 election, i wish I'd read it back then to be more informed.
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Aug 02, 2011 Sandy added it
The information is helpful, but it could have used careful editing. Very good read for those who seek to balance social justice issues, abortion, and political parties.
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