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Bishop Vasa: Pro-Abortion Candidates are 'Disqualified' Comments

"Abortion needs to be in our country a defining issue and we ought not be afraid to make it a defining issue because when we do that we will have an end of abortion in this country." Continue Reading

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  1. Daniel
    6 years ago

    Dear Ken,
    I thought your message was beautiful and insightful. You really brought into light, what has so much darkness surrounding it, and that is the excuses of the pro-choice camp for murdering unborn children of God. One thing you said in the end confused me however...

    You mentioned that Abortion “is the only issue that we have complete control over,” and even specifically excluded “the issue of the poor” saying, “Jesus said we would always have the poor with us.” I agree 100% that there will always be poor among us, but disagree, my brother, 100% that we can’t make a difference.

    After reading the Scriptures (Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-26), the Early Fathers (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and even St. Robert Bellarmine), John Paul II (The Gospel of Life) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it seems to me that a huge part of the “Culture of Life” is doing all we can to help the poor as a Catholic and as a citizen. Here is what our Catechism says: “2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God.

    We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good. Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance.”

    I feel that along with Abortion, Catholics should always do their best to personally help the poor, sick and elderly. We should also donate and vote for programs that will allow the poor, sick and elderly to maintain the dignity of life that Christ and our Church ask for. Now it should always start off at the local level, but when it is apparent that more help is needed from higher levels, we should be glad to do what we can to assure this takes place, even through the voting booth if necessary. This much we can do as Catholics and for the Culture of Life in general.

    When thinking politically, I think it is ideal not too concentrate to far right or too far left, but to follow the path that Jesus has set for us by being the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. This we can do by studying the teachings of Scripture, The Early Fathers and of course following the Magisterium and not getting to obsessed with keeping to the strict thinking of individual political parties. Take care and God Bless you brother! =)

  2. RobertA
    6 years ago

    Nice try, CCS - No major party candidate is a member of the KKK. And while we are at it, killing babies (what pro-Obama "catholics" call "health care" or "choice") is worse than segregation, because those being segregated were allowed to live.

  3. Ken Hopping
    6 years ago

    In this deeply political climate, a climate that is not at all kind I wish to share my opinion and the reason for my choice in November.

    Firstly let me say that I am not in agreement with many things in the current White House. I do believe that George Bush has been a disaster as leader of this country. However with that said, even the worst of 'managers' succeed in some things. One of those is the reduction in abortion due to the ban on late term abortions. However, I must say it is indeed hard to 'want the same' when I personally lost a business during the Bush administration. Now I am a very rational person, so if it were only my business partner and I that had this issue then it could very well have been due to poor management that we lost the business. However, it is not only Bill and I, we have major corporations closing businesses at an extreme rate, we have a housing market that is crashing around our ears. Just this past weekend the federal government took over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to keep them from failing, or in more truthful terms, the feds took over BECAUSE these two
    companies did fail and our government can not afford to let that failure take place. SO I am not at all blind to the current state of affairs.

    HOWEVER here is the truth as I see it.

    In the history of this planet, financial failures have taken place over and over in all governments and to all peoples. In the history of this world there have been wars and of course we would love to believe that we are a peaceful people,
    but history has proven that we are not yet there. The other truth is these issues will continue to take place no matter what man does to 'control it'. The further truth is that these issues always come to an end. Financial cycles come full circle, wars end and we either learn from them or not, or maybe we truly can not control these things. We may try to be peaceful, we may try too live earnestly as a Christian people, but until the world is converted, which anyone who has read Revelations knows will happen, we will continue to struggle to live in peace and we will continue to provide food by the sweet of our work. These are some of our sufferings, these struggles are part of our cross to bear the Cross that Christ ask us to pick up and carry with him in his footsteps. I am not Brad Pitt or any other beautiful star so my endorsement may mean nothing to you, but I must share, I feel compelled.

    The only issue that is taking place in our Country, in our World that we do have complete control over is an issue that has also taken place since nearly the beginning of time and it is an issue that God has taken a very strong stand
    against over and over. That issue is of course making sacrifice to Satin for
    creature comforts. What in the world is he talking about you may ask. Let me tell you, let me spell it out, because the evil one has painted a pretty picture around this issue and too many Americans are fighting for this 'pretty picture'. In ancient history the sacrifice was done by laying an infant in the arms of a brass god named Molech, the statue was hollow, the statue was surrounded by wood, the infant was laid in his arms and the wood was lit on fire. The infant would burn to death in the arms of Molech. Appalling isn't it? What kind of people could do that to children to the infants? What
    kind of people could believe that by sacrificing an infant to a false god the crops would be better, the wealth of the country would be greater and the
    future of the people would be protected? How could any human believe such a thing? This type of sacrifice has taken on may different forms, but the
    sacrifice is the same no matter what 'mask' it is wearing.

    We are that kind of people, the present day mask is abortion. We call it a right. We fight for a 'woman's right' to decide what happens to her body. We
    tell the world that our work, our wealth, our futures are more important than our unborn children. We fight for the 'right to choose'. This is the pretty picture that the evil one has painted for us. BUT, he painted it with the colors that we provided him. God's people, God's creation have chosen killing his children, not our children his, in order to provide ourselves with our creature comforts. We have chosen to allow our stewardship of God's children to be one of infanticide. We are as guilty as if we were laying the infant in the arms of Molech and lighting the fire. It matters not that 'you would never have one' it matters only that we allow our government to allow murder of our innocents for our comfort and call it a right. We are all accountable for this sin against humanity and we have complete control over this out come.

    This is the only issue that we have complete control over, not the issue of the financial cycle of the American or the worlds 'way of life', not the issue of our 'enemy's' attacking us or even the issue of the poor, Jesus told us we would always have the poor among us. These issues will correct themselves and we will learn to live together as we learn to care for each other. It is our duty, our calling to correct the issue of abortion, it is our sin, we must make atonement for it. We must stop choosing infanticide and calling it a right. We must correct this wrong.

    Don't buy into the 'pretty picture' that the evil one has provided us from our self will run wild. The Democratic ticket would have you to believe that
    your 'rights' are being taken away, when the truth is, we have never had the right to murder. Remember what God said to Cain, "Your brothers blood cries out to me from the ground what have you done?"

    I pray for God's grace to give us the ability to right this horrible wrong.

    In Christ Love
    Ken

  4. CCS
    6 years ago

    So if I'm an African-American Catholic in Louisiana and a local candidate who claims to be pro-life is also a well-known member of the Ku Klux Klan, I'm required to vote for the KKK member because he makes the right noises about abortion and his opponent doesn't? His being a member of an anti-black terrorist organization does not qualify as a "proportionate reason" to vote for the other guy?

  5. +Anthony T Farr
    6 years ago

    It is good to see many bishops beginning to stand up and loudly proclaim the true position of the Church on abortion. However, the entire Bishop's conference, indeed all the bishops, need to stand up and condemn so called pro choice catholic politicians and do that now. In a report on EWTN last evening, Raymond Arroyo noted that the Bishop's Conference will not take up the issue until after the election. That, if true, certainly sounds like cowardice to me. The conference needs to firmly come out now, before the elections, with a firm statement against voting for any pro choice or pro abortion candidates. Not to do so is to allow for the possible election of pro abortion candidates and then who answers to Almighty God for the slaughter of innocent beings in the womb. A bravo to those bishops standing up to people like Speaker Pelosi and Senator Biden but where are the rest of you? And yes, it's time to stop allowing them to receive the Eucharist.

  6. Anne
    6 years ago

    Thank you for the article and thank you, Bishop Vasa!!! May all Catholics heed your truthful words, which not only serve to protect the unborn but also serve to protect our souls!!!


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