I must comment on the April 29 letter "End abortion and God will bless U.S.": I find the writer's suggestion that "If all Catholics would vote like Catholics" to be misguided. As the writer surely knows, the church holds positions on various issues that cross the political spectrum. Obviously, there is a voting bloc that believes "pro-life" trumps all other issues when evaluating political candidates.
The problem with this belief is that there is a vast difference between making pro-life decisions as a private citizen versus asking the government to enforce moral dogma -- since government is not a benevolent, high-performance organization. In fact, many government programs have a history of making things worse for the very group they're trying to help, as well as creating new and unintended problems. The Great Society, the War on Drugs, and the Iraq war are notable examples.
The pro-life agenda is not immune, as the end result would certainly be different than the initial intent. For many people, however, the emotional nature of the issue has clouded the unfortunate reality of government.
CHRISTOPHER C. DOLL