During the run-up to the 2004 and 2008 elections, redoubts of what’s left of liberal Catholicism would distribute dubious Catholic voter guides like those assembled by Catholics United and Jim Wallis’s Sojourners organization. A certain amount of self-selection went into the choices; it’s not like anyone who’s spent more than five minutes with the catechism would be persuaded by the flimsy, partisan doctrines of these Democrat party surrogates. A perusal of this weekend’s bulletin for Cincinnati’s Xavier University, the redoubter’s redoubt, revealed that this year they’re recommending the voter guide produced by Our Sunday Visitor. No, OSV is not what it once was, but they do strive to stay faithful to the Magisterium, and this guide does its best to make sense of the frequently senseless “Faithful Citizenship” document from the USCCB. So consider Bellarmine’s recommendation progress of a sort. Here is how OSV handles the much-discussed “single issue” question:

We are not single-issue voters

“As Catholics, we are not single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support. Yet a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil, such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter to disqualify a candidate from receiving support” (FC 42).

The obvious difference between the two examples cited is that no one is suggesting the promotion of racism is compatible with Catholic teaching.

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