Catholics and the 2016 Election — We’ve Hit Rock Bottom

Deal W. Hudson
September 23, 2016

I never thought that since I became a Catholic thirty-two years ago that I would watch our Church stand by in complicit silence while an aggressive pro-abort, Hillary Clinton, runs for the presidency.

Yes, there have been exceptions, and some of them can be found in the articles listed below.

We reached a new low one week ago when the Bishop of San Diego, Bishop Robert McElroy, published “A Greatness of a Nation.” In this ironically title article, because it subverts the greatness of our nation, Bishop McElroy uses “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” to explain to Catholic voters why they can ignore Clinton’s position on abortion. He doesn’t mention Clinton by name, of course, but the application of his argument is clear. Based on “Faithful Citizenship,” the Bishop writes that “Those who focus primarily on intrinsic evil” are “simplistic” and “misleading.” (Throughout his column, Bishop McElroy exploits the flaws in “Faithful Citizenships,” which I explained in my August 18th article listed below.)

Bishop McElroy writes,

“‘Faithful Citizenship’ recognizes that voting for a candidate whose policies may advance a particular intrinsic evil is not in itself an intrinsically evil act. Voting for candidates is a complex moral action in which the voter must confront an entire array of competing candidates’ positions in a single act of voting. It is crucial that in voting for a candidate who supports the advancement of an intrinsic evil, Catholic voters not have the intention of supporting that specific evil since such an intention would involve them directly in the evil itself. But voters will often find themselves in situations where one candidate supports an intrinsically evil position, yet the alternative realistic candidates all support even graver evils in the totality of their positions.” (emphasis added)

In other words, Catholic voters can vote for Hillary Clinton if they themselves do not intend to support her insistence on abortion-on-demand, an intrinsic evil. My simple question to the Bishop is this: Since the election of Hillary Clinton as president of the United States would clearly and unquestionably lead to the greater availability of abortions, through federal funding and the elimination of the Hyde Amendment, how can this consequence be morally detached from the act of voting for her? Whether a Catholic agrees with Clinton’s view on abortion, a vote for her will, in fact, lead to the death of more innocent children.

Bishops should not encourage Catholics to pretend otherwise. Throughout the nation, Catholic dioceses will not allow any other voting guides that “Faithful Citizenship” to be made available in parishes.   They should also know that by making these arguments they are literally sending shock waves through the faithful.  There will be consequences.

You will certainly not find this kind of spin on “Faithful Citizenship” in “Catholics in the Public Square” written by Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead of Phoenix, which I strongly recommend as a guide to voting with the “mind of the Church.” Bishop Olmstead writes,

“We have a serious obligation to protect human life, and especially the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable among us. Whoever fails to do this, when otherwise able to do so, commits serious sins of omission. They jeopardize their own spiritual wellbeing and they are a source of scandal for others. Should they be Catholics, they should not receive Holy Communion.”

Unfortunately, it’s not the voices of Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler, TX (Sept 14 below), or Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio (Sept 13 below) who are being heard by our nation’s Catholics. Rather a virtual silence has reigned, with the exception of a flurry of statements regarding the Catholics for Choice print ad in major newspapers around the country. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami issued a strong condemnation of the organization. But it should have not taken such a blatant attack on the Church to spur the bishops to action, and, in fact, they have once again fallen silent.

We can only pray that between now and November 8th our bishops and priests will exert leadership that does not confuse Catholics about their voting decision and the intrinsic evil of abortion.

Other articles on the election by Deal Hudson published at

The Church Really Doesn’t Care About Abortion
August 15, 2016

How the Church Helps the Clinton/Caine Ticket
August 16, 2016

The Four Loopholes in the Bishop’s Political Guidance 
August 18, 2016

Have Our Shepherds Been Blown to the Ground? 
August 26, 2016

Another Bishop Addresses the Election and Sows Confusion
September 11, 2016

A Texas Bishop Slaps Down Catholics for Choice
September 13, 2016

A Bishop Who Proclaims Life Really Matters in the Coming Election
September 14, 2016

Some Bishops Deceive Catholic Voters on Clinton and Trump Abortion Views
September 20, 2016

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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