The Measure of Sincerity
November 8, 2008 § 12 Comments
A number of people seem to have misunderstood my last post, so I’m going to make this more explicit.
Catholic Obama supporters justified their support of the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history by appealing to the principle of double-effect. (Even those who did not work this out explicitly must have done so implicitly, in order for it to be justified). In other words, they supported Obama knowing of his wicked and vicious policies on the theory that there were other proportionate reasons to support him. Whether explicitly or implicitly, they appealed to the moral theology of double-effect to justify material cooperation with his vicious policies because they thought it would be good for him to be elected in spite of his vicious policies.
Any Catholic Obama supporters who did not vote for him on this basis were formally cooperating with Obama’s wicked and vicious policies, committed a grave sin, and will go to Hell for it if they do not repent, confess, and do penance. I’m not really addressing those Catholics in my posts, but I do pray for their damned souls, that they may repent before it is too late.
Now that the election is over, the measure of Catholic Obama supporters’ sincerity will be how vocally, publicly, unequivocally, and persistently Catholic Obama supporters oppose his vicious and wicked policies. They no longer have any proportionate reason to cooperate with his vicious and wicked policies, because the election is over. Furthermore, the fact that they materially cooperated with his wicked and vicious policies in the first place brings upon them an especially grave obligation to oppose those policies, just as a country which engages in war has a grave obligation to mitigate and repair damages – however unintended – caused by that war.
And it is in this vocal, public, unequivocal, and persistent opposition to Obama’s vicious and wicked policies that Catholic Obama supporters can count on the help of social conservatives.