CHRIST & NEIGHBOR
Abortion & Last Month's Election

December 1988By John C. Cort

John C. Cort, the father of 10 children, is a Boston-area writer. He has worked as a reporter, editor, union organizer, and Peace Corps and antipoverty official.

The election is over and now we can discuss the question of abortion and partisan politics with­out endangering the NOR’s tax exemption.

Let us take a specific example of the abortion discussion before the election and try to conclude, without rancor or emotionalism, whether or not it measured up to the highest standards of truth in general and Catholic orthodoxy in particular.

In its issues of August 19 and 26, The Pilot, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, ran two editorials on the subject. The first was en­titled “The Catholic Vote” and included the fol­lowing: “There are many moral issues in this year’s campaign. Does the candidate offer a re­alistic plan for world peace? A means of helping those who live in poverty? Does he promise to protect the rights of all people?”

These are good questions. The editorial then makes a valid point — namely, that candidates may agree on the goals and the moral principles involv­ed, but disagree on the “practical, prudential judg­ments” that are involved in achieving the goals.


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