Friday, January 23, 2009

A New Catholic/Evangelical Site of Note

A new web site, has been started. In their own words, the mission of the site is as follows:

In the course of the 2008 presidential campaign, a small group of Catholic and Evangelical Protestant intellectuals and activists, while saying that they personally support legal protection for the unborn and oppose the redefinition of marriage, promoted the candidacy of Barack Obama, who made no secret of his intention to wipe out the entire range of laws restricting or discouraging abortion and embryo-destructive research, or of his opposition to all state and federal initiatives (such as California Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act) to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. These men and women assured their fellow Christians and other social conservatives that Obama's economic policies would reduce the incidence of abortion, and they promised that Obama was being honest when he said that he was opposed to "same-sex marriage."
To the list of Catholic and Evangelical supporters of Mr Obama, we must add any number of Orthodox Christians who expressed their support for his election bid. While I do not doubt they sincerity of those who supported then candidate Obama, I am grieved at the outcome of their support.

While as a citizen and a social scientist I have my doubts about President Obama's economic policies, those are prudential matter over which we can disagree. They are also matters that are (strictly speaking) outside my area of responsibility as a priest since they do not touch directly on the moral teaching of the Church.

But public policy that favors abortion and same-sex marriage run contrary not only to the Gospel but also natural law and human nature and on this matter the Orthodox Christians and the Church as a whole cannot remain silent. It is my hope that those in the Church who supported Mr Obama would use some of the good will that support earned them to encourage policies more in keeping with the moral law.

You can read the rest of the letter by Robert P. George here: Moral Accountability: An Open Letter.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

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