Can a Catholic Support Him?: Asking the Big Question About Barack Obama

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"Douglas Kmiec's Can a Catholic Support Him? may very well become the most important comprehensive document written to date on American Catholics, abortion, and candidates for public office." -Martin Sheen

On April 18, 2008, Douglas W. Kmiec was denied Communion at a Catholic Mass in Westlake, California. Ironically, Kmiec had been invited by a Catholic business group to give a dinner address on the Bishop's teaching of "Faithful Citizenship." Kmiec had served as head of the ...

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Overview

"Douglas Kmiec's Can a Catholic Support Him? may very well become the most important comprehensive document written to date on American Catholics, abortion, and candidates for public office." -Martin Sheen

On April 18, 2008, Douglas W. Kmiec was denied Communion at a Catholic Mass in Westlake, California. Ironically, Kmiec had been invited by a Catholic business group to give a dinner address on the Bishop's teaching of "Faithful Citizenship." Kmiec had served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel for both Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush. But now, he found himself rejected by his faith-simply for endorsing the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama.

In Can a Catholic Support Him?, Kmiec offers us a thoughtful explanation of his rationale. He addresses the difficult questions at the core of his decision: Can a Catholic support a Pro-Choice candidate? Can there be a reverence for life that embraces a larger set of values? How does a Catholic citizen balance his obligations to the Church and to community? In asking these questions, he challenges those whose partisan interests are provoking a false rift between the Catholic Church and the Democratic party.

This inquiry could hardly be more timely. Catholics have been on the side of the top vote-getter in the last nine presidential elections, and make up roughly one fourth of the electorate. This provocative book-at once a legal and religious treatise and a sincere and personal journey of faith-will be an irreplaceable contribution to the conversation, in 2008 and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202043
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas W. Kmiec is the Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University's School of Law, and has previously held prestigious positions in the law faculties of The Catholic University of America and of Notre Dame. He served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
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  • Posted February 6, 2009

    A brilliant little book by a brilliant Catholic! Kmiec's painful personal struggle invites readers beyond politics and labels, deep into pro-life/pro choice issues.

    Republican, conservative, smart, and thoroughly Catholic Douglas Kmiec surely is the most unlikely of all people to take us into his own personal struggle with what many simply call the "abortion" issue. Catholics torn by divisive far-right/far-left rhetoric will find his careful, thorough approach refreshing. Cardinal Bernardin once wrote brilliantly about the "Seamless Garment of Life" spanning conception to death. Kmiec takes the same rich view, delving into the ethical, moral, political, and even the legislative and judicial issues involved. It is noteworthy that the bishop/s who stood against him were not joined by the full U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. I thank Doug Kmiec for his courage, but especially for sharing his reasoning with us. I strongly recommend his dandy little book as the finest I have read on pro-life/pro-choice issues.

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