A former USCCBureaucracy employee (USCCBureaucrat?) is leading the effort of a new “moderate” (i.e. liberal) Catholic group, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, to publish a Catholic voter’s guide to assure liberal Catholics it’s okay to vote for their favorite candidate. Yes, they don’t phrase it that way, but that’s essentially what it is. It’s all part of the seamless garment approach that creates moral equivalencies where none exist. For example, a Senate candidate may be opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade, but he’s also opposed to the death penalty. So the Catholic Alliance would say that the Catholic voter should “vote for candidates who may hold the ‘wrong’ Catholic positions on some issues in order to maximize the good our vote achieves in other areas.” Unfortunately, the Alliance never tells you that the Church’s teaching on abortion is non-negotiable and clearly defined, while the teaching on the death penalty allows for prudential decisions. In other words, abortion is never permissible, while capital punishment can be.
The Alliance’s guide, which it calls “Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics,” is obviously a response to the guide put out by Catholic Answers Action called “A Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics.” Many analysts have said that the guide was influential among Catholics in the 2004 presidential election and may have contributed to John Kerry’s loss among Catholic voters.
A liberal group with a liberal lineage