Letter To The Editor
Published: March 13, 2009
To the Editor:… With all due respect to Frank Petraglia, I must take umbrage to his letter in the March 5 edition of The Georgia Bulletin. His question: “can the 54 percent of Catholics … who supported and voted for a pro-abortion president … be considered as ‘disciples of the Lord’” is patently offensive.
As one of those 54 percent, one who happens to be pro-life, I cringe at the thought of anyone questioning my belief and faith in the Lord because of my vote for president.
What Mr. Petraglia fails to realize is that the pro-life and pro-choice distinction is but one consideration a Catholic must evaluate when deciding who to support in an election. On many, if not all, of the other issues that a Catholic must support, President Obama is firmly in the Catholic camp. Whether it is an opposition to the death penalty, support of human dignity for all through greater access to health care, … greater use of non-violence to solve international conflict, or the ending of current wars, a host of issues shows that Obama is and was a sound choice for American Catholics to vote for.
Most critically, Mr. Petraglia fails to acknowledge or recognize that of the two major candidates for president, only Sen. Obama had policies that would actually reduce the need for abortions.… Of the two choices we were given for president, neither fully aligned with Catholic teachings. A well thought-out Catholic argument in support of Sen. McCain could easily be made as well. However, to question how faithfully or well an Obama-Catholic can carry out God’s work is not only offensive and disgusting, it is false as well.
Edward B. Hula III, Atlanta