I hope a forthcoming issue of Commonweal will forcefully dispel the notion that Catholics are somehow required by moral imperative to vote as a bloc. Despite the U.S. bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” and, even more forceful, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s concluding note in his 2004 document “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion,” misinformation from the media and even some church authorities is likely to convince many Catholics—possibly even a majority—that they are required by their faith to cast their votes on the basis of single moral issues. Ratzinger’s statement is crystal clear on the matter: “When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”
W. D. ILGEN Chapel Hill, N.C.
ROME HAS SPOKEN
Your editorial “Bishops & the Election” (September 26) was informative and timely. The “moral right” of Catholics to vote for a prochoice candidate has been endorsed by the pope and the American bishops (...