Republicans set themselves up for being undermined by not immediately coming down on Rudy in the primaries and allowing a pro-ESCR guy to win the nomination. They also set themselves up with their arguments for torture and zealous support for an increasingly unpopular war. They undermined their "pro-life" credentials. The logic from there goes like this:
1) The GOP is primarily interested in pro-life votes ONLY seeking to pass laws to pacify that end. They are, after all, politicians seeking votes and seeking to keep voting blocks in place. The GOP has little interest in reducing or eliminating abortion because they will lose a large block of hostage pro-life voters (the reluctant otherwise Democrat-leaning pro-lifers)
2) The laws they have passed have done very little to actually reduce abortion.
3) Other ways to reduce abortions such as fighting poverty and handing out contraception (consider most Catholics reject Church teaching here) and "education" will have more immediate returns in fighting abortion than the "divisive" legal route.
4) Even if we reverse Roe v. Wade then it returns to the states. States that have high percentages of abortions will retain the "right". This will not reduce abortions that much if at all.
In other words, the legal route will do very little and other means will have a better outcome. Consider it "outcome based" abortion elimination. They consider this a more pragmatic solution and thus use it to decide that the "proportionate reason" to support Obama exists because his OTHER policies will bear more fruit in reducing abortions. They also claim that other Obama policies are more in line with the Church. Remember, they don't see him as a platform Democrat. The change rhetoric was designed to set him apart from platform Democrats, and more importantly, set him apart from Bush.
IMHO the US bishops made the case against this reasoning and thus unequivocally against a vote for Obama. They argued the proportionate reason didn't exist ... The way *I* saw it, third party or a *very* reluctant vote for McCain were your two best choices.
Zippy Catholic is right ... the Catholics who voted for Obama have a responsibility to be first in line to fight him on FOCA. I expect others will remind them of their line of reasoning should Obama's policies fail to reduce abortions.
Now that we have a President elect, you see, there is no longer any justification for remote material cooperation in his wicked policies. Justified remote material cooperation with evil may have (I think it objectively did not, but lets set that aside) made it possible to choose him over McCain; but now we have the absolute condition of a chosen President. If proportionate reason ever existed for remote material cooperation with his evil policies before the election, they no longer do now. Now your obligation is reversed, as I alluded to earlier. Now your obligation is to oppose his evil policies with all your heart, mind, and strength; all the more so because of your choice to vote for him.Also, I think it best not to assign evil motive to those who voted for Obama. I might think their reasoning is greatly clouded but its uncharitable to go beyond that. Consider them works in progress and more importantly, ask for your own humility on that which you fail to understand.