Signs of a Sick Society, Episode XLIX: A Vote for Obama Was "Material Cooperation with Intrinsic Evil"

Reverend Jay Scott Newman.

Priest Blasts Catholic Obama Voters
By Meg Kinnard / November 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

“Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president,” Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.

“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign, many bishops spoke out on abortion more boldly than four years earlier, telling Catholic politicians and voters that the issue should be the most important consideration in setting policy and deciding which candidate to back. A few church leaders said parishioners risked their immortal soul by voting for candidates who support abortion rights.

But bishops differ on whether Catholic lawmakers — and voters — should refrain from receiving Communion if they diverge from church teaching on abortion. Each bishop sets policy in his own diocese. In their annual fall meeting, the nation’s Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights.

According to national exit polls, 54 percent of Catholics chose Obama, who is Protestant. In South Carolina, which McCain carried, voters in Greenville County — traditionally seen as among the state’s most conservative areas — went 61 percent for the Republican, and 37 percent for Obama.

“It was not an attempt to make a partisan point,” Newman said in a telephone interview Thursday. “In fact, in this election, for the sake of argument, if the Republican candidate had been pro-abortion, and the Democratic candidate had been pro-life, everything that I wrote would have been exactly the same.”

Conservative Catholics criticized Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004 for supporting abortion rights, with a few Catholic bishops saying Kerry should refrain from receiving Holy Communion because his views were contrary to church teachings.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said she had not heard of other churches taking this position in reaction to Obama’s win. A Boston-based group that supports Catholic Democrats questioned the move, saying it was too extreme.

“Father Newman is off base,” said Steve Krueger, national director of Catholic Democrats. “He is acting beyond the authority of a parish priest to say what he did. … Unfortunately, he is doing so in a manner that will be of great cost to those parishioners who did vote for Sens. Obama and Biden. There will be a spiritual cost to them for his words.”

A man who has attended St. Mary’s for 18 years said he welcomed Newman’s message and anticipated it would inspire further discussion at the church.

“I don’t understand anyone who would call themselves a Christian, let alone a Catholic, and could vote for someone who’s a pro-abortion candidate,” said Ted Kelly, 64, who volunteers his time as lector for the church. “You’re talking about the murder of innocent beings.”

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

Source / America On Line

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1 Response to Signs of a Sick Society, Episode XLIX: A Vote for Obama Was "Material Cooperation with Intrinsic Evil"

  1. Now that we’re settled in at the hotel, I can at least ‘surf’ a bit; wanted to leave this article here as a ‘positive’ addition to the topic.

    I’m glad you posted this story, Richard. I saw the video; could NOT believe my eyes and ears when I heard it ‘in real time’.

    Now, here’s something I think you’ll enjoy seeing and reading about:

    Racism survivor Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, is honored by Barack Obama


    Thursday, November 6th 2008, 12:57 AM
    Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, smiles at her caregiver James Davis before being interviewed by news reporters at her Atlanta home Wednesday. Bazemore/AP

    Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, smiles at her caregiver James Davis before being interviewed by news reporters at her Atlanta home Wednesday.

    ATLANTA – At age 106, Ann Nixon Cooper doesn’t usually stay awake past midnight. But on Election Night, she had special reason to do so: She was waiting for Barack Obama to mention her name.

    Cooper, one of the oldest voters for the nation’s first black President, had been clued in by the Obama campaign that her story would be told in his acceptance speech. Toward the end, she got her moment.

    “I was waiting for it,” said Cooper. “I had heard that they would be calling my name at least.”

    Obama introduced the world to a woman who “was born just a generation past slavery, a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky, when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.”

    “Tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress, the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can,” he said.

    Cooper beamed Wednesday as she greeted reporters at her southwest Atlanta home, wearing a gold cross around her neck that proudly displayed her age.

    Cooper first registered to vote on Sept. 1, 1941. Though she was friends with elite black Atlantans like W.E.B. Du Bois, John Hope Franklin and Benjamin Mays, she didn’t exercise her right to vote for years, because of her status as a black woman in a segregated and sexist society.

    Instead, she deferred to her husband – Dr. Albert Cooper, a prominent Atlanta dentist – who “voted for the house.” He died in 1967.

    On Oct. 16, she voted early for the Illinois senator, who called to thank her after reading a news article about her.

    Cooper said she believes Obama’s win could finally signal the change she has been waiting for.

    “I feel nothing but relief that things have changed as much as they have,” she said. “After a while, we will all be one. That’s what I look forward to.”

    Cooper’s 107th birthday is in January, just a few weeks before Obama’s inauguration.

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