The blog, Catholics For Ron Paul, took a bit of a break today from their candidacy advocacy to address the question of whether Catholics must vote. The question was spurred by a news article quoting a bishop that seemed to imply that the principle of voting for "the lesser of two evils" is a moral obligation rather than a statement of what might be morally permissible.
I'll assume for the moment that the Bishop has been correctly understood. If that's the case, I think he has made an error. But it raised for me some thoughts I have long mulled about the odd way in which we tend to approach the prudential judgments of the Church. Some like to use their prudential character as an excuse to dismiss them. But others, and this to me seems to go with less scrutiny, univeralize that prudential judgment into a rule. It provoked the following comment from me: