Following on Fr Matthew Olverâ€™s piece posted here last night, I am pleased to present a thoughtful exchangeâ€“intended to be a conversation starter and an aid to reflectionâ€“between Neil Dhingra and Fr Will Brown on the thorny question of how Christians in the U.S. committed to â€œlifeâ€ should approach the question of voting in the presidential election next Tuesday. Neil and Will are inclined to different answers to this questionâ€“the former believing that a case can be made out for â€œpro-lifeâ€ support of Obamaâ€™s candidacy, the latter believing that this is not possible (leaving aside the question of whether or not a case for McCain can be made). But much common ground is shared by both writers, as well.
What else can and perhaps should be said? We invite your comments, and wrestling along with Neil and Will and others of us. How to move along the conversation? Is the strategic question of how to vote something about which we can reasonably disagree as Christians who do not disagree about the blight visited upon American democracy and order by the contradiction of abortion tolerated in our midst?
Lord, give us your mind and your heart, to the end of justice in our country, especially for these voiceless and silenced ones, callously killed in the name of â€œfreedomâ€ and â€œchoice.â€ Forgive us, Lord, for our own complicity in this culture of death. And give us the grace, individually and as a Community of counter-witness, to model for our nation a spirit of repentance, joined to a willingness to make amends for our sins. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.