Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, released a new book titled Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama, published by the Overlook Press on Sept. 17.
The book chronicles Kmiec's decision to endorse Senator Obama, beginning in early spring and culminating on April 18, when he was denied communion at a Catholic Mass for the endorsement.
Kmiec addresses the reasons behind his decision and the difficult questions he asked himself: Can a Catholic support a Pro-Choice candidate? Can there be a reverence for life that embraces a larger set of values? How does a Catholic citizen balance his obligations to his church and his community?
The book features an introduction by actor and Catholic activist for peace, Martin Sheen. Sheen writes, "Doug Kmiec's Can a Catholic Support Him? may very well become the most important comprehensive document written to date on American Catholics, abortion, and candidates for public office."
Kmiec previously served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the law faculty as well as director of the Thomas White Center on Law and Government at the University of Notre Dame, where he founded the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. The former dean and St. Thomas More Professor of the law school at the Catholic University of America, he is a frequent guest in the media on programs analyzing constitutional, cultural, and political developments.