In Tony Magliano’s post election column (CR, Nov. 4), he stated that it was quite difficult in deciding who were the most ethical candidates. Unfortunately, Magliano seems to assume that Catholics can assign equal weight to all issues. However this is not true.
The church has repeatedly stated that while there are many important issues, some must be considered first and foremost. Magliano provided a list of issues, but of the most important issues, he included only one: abortion The missing issues were embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning, euthanasia and the defense of the sanctity of marriage. If Catholics had conscientiously voted as the church teaches, many of their decisions for candidates would have been crystal clear. This would have resulted in a number of candidates who are hostile to life and family not having been voted into office.