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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080914767X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809147670
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicholas P. Cafardi is dean emeritus at Duquesne University Law School. Cafardi received his undergraduate education at the Gregorian University in Rome, his master s from Duquesne University, his JD from the University of Pittsburgh, and his JCL and JCD from the University of St. Thomas in Rome. He is the author of Before Dallas (Paulist Press).

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The material is well grounded academically and eminently readable.
Patricia McCann
And I'm grateful to author Nick Cafardi for helping me understand in this book that I am free, as an American and a Catholic, to follow my informed conscience.
Nancy J. Kennedy
If Catholics voted with their informed consciences, we would not be looking at candidates that represent intrinsic evil.
Patsy Gonzalez

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Julianne L. Wiley on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This attractively-packaged collection is by no means nonpartisan. Editor Nicholas Cafardi and most of his contributors are publicly-recognized activists within the leadership of "Catholics for Obama". Several are listed by name as members of the campaign team at barackobama.com.

My central concern is that this book is --- without openly admitting it --- Obama campaign literature.

In their respective chapters,

* Lisa Sowle Cahill opposes the protection of human rights for the unborn as an electoral priority;

* William D'Antonio argues against the bishops' efforts to support pro-life and pro- religious liberty legislation;

* Richard Gaillardetz asserts that Catholic can vote for candidates who support abortion, so long as their policies align with the common good.

* M. Cathleen Caveney argues that intrinsically evil acts may not be gravely evil;

* Bryan Massingale deplores the bishops' comparison of abortion with slavery, since--- he claims--- the "personhood" of slaves and unborn babies was not historically, and is not now, the relevant issue.

* Vincent Miller urges Catholics can "pursue the common good" while accepting cooperation with evil;

* Maureen O'Connell sees it as "antiquated Catholic theology" to focus upon personal salvation, prohibitive admonition, and avoidance of evil;

* Stephen Schneck --- the co-chair of "Catholics for Obama"--- opposes Abp Charles Chaput's call for the indivisibility of Catholic truth in the public square.

The promotion of the "Catholics for Obama" perspective ---like an election-year promotion planted by, say, the Romney/Ryan team --- shows poor judgment on the part of Paulist Press.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patsy Gonzalez on October 9, 2012
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The Cathechism of the Catholic Church expressly states that "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication of this crime against human life".(CCC#2272). Voting for a pro-abortion candidate makes the voter complicit in the act of abortion through the laws that sanction it. It is not the only issue in an election, but it represents the most basic of human rights. What other right supercedes that? A Catholic can never vote for a candidate that espouses the destruction of human life and the legal recognition of homosexual unions. If Catholics voted with their informed consciences, we would not be looking at candidates that represent intrinsic evil. They simply would never get the Catholic vote. The writers do not represent the true teachings of the Catholic Church. My question to them is, why do they remain in the church that teaches what they do not believe. The world is full of other sects that dissented from Catholic teaching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Father Joseph on October 10, 2012
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The book description mentions that election season is the time when "political campaigners attempt to exploit the Catholic conscience in order to achieve victory at the polling booth." That is exactly what this book is doing, though the authors would say that others are the political campaigners. But the issues are so clear that there shouldn't be any need for campaigning to Catholics. If you want to know what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. If you believe, teach, or practice something else, you are not Catholic. If all Catholics knew and practiced their own faith, none would be deceived by such a book a this. It is disingenuous (to say the least) to publish a book by Obama supporters directed toward Catholics, whose faith clearly indicates that several causes he champions are evil, to show how voting for him somehow indicates their "holiness." We seem to have fully entered here into the world of Orwellian double-speak, at the peril of both individual souls and our society as a whole.
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By Darlene Reynolds on February 17, 2014
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Terrible book -- totally from the progressive left perspective. Had to stop reading it. Made me to angry. Most Catholics are not progressives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Pat Gleason on October 10, 2012
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This would be a great book if you are a liberal and looking for a way to justify voting for Obama, the empty suit in the White House who is a proponent of killing babies.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tess on October 9, 2012
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This book is a well documented collection of thought-provoking and well grounded essays on Catholic-Christian moral theology as it applies to electoral participation. This book presents Catholic moral theology in applicable ways to our present society. So often, it's easy just to think of the practice of the faith as just for an hour on Sunday, or in charitable donations: but this book shows that in our complex society, Catholic moral theology is present and dynamic. This book presents teachings often missed of Catholic moral theology and I highly recommend it to those seeking a better understanding of such an essential aspect of our faith.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nanc on October 9, 2012
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I am reading this book again! It is helpful support for Catholics with the tough decisions in voting, local and federal, in this 2012 election. Thanks for publishing this terrific collection! I'm ordering copies for friends.
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