By Peter J. Smith

KANSAS CITY, August 12, 2008 ( – A vote cast for a politician who supports abortion and same-sex “marriage” is nothing less than casting a vote for “evil” says a state conference of Catholic bishops.

In a voter’s guide released for the second time since 2006, the Kansas Catholic Bishops make it clear that Catholics would “commit moral evil” by voting for a candidate who embraces abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning, and same-sex “marriage,” when a morally acceptable candidate is available.

The voter’s guide signed by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, bishops Ronald Gilmore of Dodge City, Paul Coakley of Salina, and Michael Jackels of Wichita sends a strong message to Catholics that advancing pro-abortion candidates and their aims is incompatible with the Catholic Faith. The statement means trouble not only for Catholic politicians like pro-abortion US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but also for the conservative Catholic Doug Kmiec, a well known constitutional law professor who endorsed Obama as a “natural” for the Catholic vote.

The bishops observe that “voting is a moral act” and that in some matters of morality, such as immigration, universal health care, and affordable housing, “the use of reason allows for a legitimate diversity in our prudential judgments.”

Other acts, regardless of the motive or circumstances, always “involve doing evil” and must be opposed: “These choices include elective abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, the destruction of embryonic human beings in stem cell research, human cloning, and same-sex ‘marriage.’”

“Such acts are judged to be intrinsically evil, that is, evil in and of themselves regardless of our motives or the circumstances. They constitute an attack against innocent human life, as well as marriage and family,” state the bishops.

“In light of the above we would commit moral evil if we were to vote for a candidate who takes a permissive stand on those actions that are intrinsically evil when there is a morally-acceptable alternative.”

Catholic voters have to bring a “correct conscience” on matters regarding innocent human life and the family even when faced with the choice of two unacceptable candidates.

“So when there is no choice of a candidate that avoids supporting intrinsically evil actions, especially elective abortion, we should vote in such a way as to allow the least harm to innocent human life and dignity,” the bishops conclude.

“We would not be acting immorally therefore if we were to vote for a candidate who is not totally acceptable in order to defeat one who poses an even greater threat to human life and dignity.”