By Father Matthew Schneider November 3rd, 2016
In a distressing 2016 race, Catholics can vote with a clean conscience in one of three ways — voting “against” someone rather than “for” anyone, supporting a third party candidate, or simply not voting for president at all and focusing down-ballot.
If I can’t vote for anyone, can I vote against someone?
The current U.S. election seems to be a race to the bottom. In the past, usually I could see a good argument to vote for one candidate based on character and issues, despite a few imperfections; in this election, the argument to vote against each one of the candidates seems stronger than the argument to vote for either.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia summarized the Catholic conundrum: “One candidate – in the view of a lot of people – is an eccentric businessman of defective ethics whose bombast and buffoonery make him inconceivable as president. And the other – in the view of a lot of people – should be under criminal indictment. The fact that she’s not – again, in the view of a lot of people – proves Orwell’s Animal Farm principle that ‘all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’”