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U.S. Political Season Begins: 'Morally Coherent' Catholics Can Change this Nation Comments

Catholics are not one more "interest group" which can be polled, pandered to and bought. Our social obligation is to promote the true common good, not just use the slogan to sound "catholic" as happened in the last political cycle. We need to promote the truth as taught by the Church no matter what it is labeled in the political parlance of the hour. Our political participation must be committed to human life and dignity, marriage and the ... Continue Reading

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  1. Andy Holland
    4 years ago

    If you cannot see Jesus Christ in the Holy Innocents who are slain 3000 a day in abortion, how can you see Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist? If you do nothing for the least of Jesus brothers and sisters, not even lift your finger in a voting booth, how can you expect to stand with the Sheep when he says, "whatsoever you did unto the least of these my brothers and sisters you did unto me.? Surely those who stand idly by and say and do nothing are as guilty as those who commit the crime, for he will say to the goats, 'whatsoever you did not unto the least of these my brothers and sisters you did not unto me"? We are damned by inaction, saved by personal charity. Herod fed the poor and received the adoration of a crowd and was eaten by worms from his lusting parts (Josephus). How lustful these "liberal" politicians - liberal with morality. We Catholics should raise an army of voters, and DEMAND JUSTICE be done upon those who slaughtered the innocent, and protected the guilty. If you can't defend a nation against baby killers, why defend it at all?

  2. NH
    4 years ago

    +1 to Josephine!

    Thank you for the post.

  3. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    Cyril: Wow! That's "intelligent" --- "I vote Pro-Choice." What again is the Church's clear and unambiguous position on "abortion," AND Catholic politicians (ergo, Catholic voters as well) whose votes promote abortion? Oh yeah, you ought not to receive Holy Communion. Maybe you ought to rethink that whole "intelligent" thing. And, BTW, it IS a "litmus test" for being Catholic. Or maybe your brain was turned off when Pope John Paul II addressed the issue. And that "52% of Catholics" better trickle down to NOTHING, 'cause otherwise you ain't got a snowball's chance in hell of sneaking your "intelligent" outlook past God when you stand before Him at your own 'particular judgment.' "Particular judgment, that's a "Catholic" expression, familiar with it? Most excellent "other issues," Vance, right on. About time that the "I'm not a single issue" Catholics picked up on those and not their usual "clap trap!"

  4. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    This is a good article. Despite that, I agree with certain points made by Josephine, that abortion is not the sole issue. It is a very important one, but nevertheless, can not be the sole factor in determining a vote. Pete Brady, if we Catholics all voted against the pro-choice nominations, we'd get rid of abortion, sure. But what about the other issues we'd neglect? They'd come back to haunt us. They'd become worse. And while we're fighting them with weakening power and persistence, abortion may creep back.
    Also, I can't argue that Obama isn't pro-choice (or as some would put it, "pro-abortion"), but I can argue that he isn't a socialist, and certainly not a Marxist. He is at most a social democrat; he supports stronger government, yes, and he has voiced interest in a fairer economy. That's about it. As for that quote from Pius XI, note that he said "true Socialist". He probably associated certain things like atheism or sympathy for the USSR with socialism. And there are certain Marxian socialist tenets that are generally against Catholic teaching, such as violent revolution and no private property. But today, leftists are much more diversified, and there are forms (such as democratic socialism) that are compatible with Catholicism, at least in theory. I am not a socialist chiefly because the difference between socialism in practice and in theory is profound; it just doesn't work. Even more can be said about communism; almost always, it decomposes into a malignant dictatorship.

  5. Diane
    4 years ago

    If you want to stop abortion vote conservative and Republican. Abortion is part of the Democratic party platform but not the party platform of the Republicans. What that means is if a vote on supporting abortion comes up the Democratic leadership will bring pressure to get all the Democratic congressmen to vote for abortion and not oppose the party line. That's exactly what happened to Bart Stupak to make him change his vote to pass the hc bill without an amendment specifically forbidding abortion funding. That's how political parties work. It matters greatly about the platform of a political party. Sometimes I wonder if a civic lesson isn't needed for us Catholics more than anything. Reality is reality, get your wishful heads out of the clouds and your feet on the ground. Murdering these children in abortion is rotting this country.

  6. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    "52% of Catholics approve of Pres. Obama, are all of us not Catholic?" Are you kidding me? Yes, you aren't Catholic. Obama is at the very least a "socialist," and at the worst a "Marxist," a communist. How any "Catholic" can approve of a politician that is vehemently "PRO-ABORTION," and voted for "infanticide" is beyond me. The economy is in a "meltdown" 'cause of him and his ilk in Congress. His economic policies are socialism. HEAR these words: "No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist" Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 1931. Given the times, it is very appropriate to substitute "Democrat" for "Socialist."

  7. Pete Brady
    4 years ago

    Josephine: Yep, they are WRONG! If every Catholic voted because abortion was the "single issue" it would be gone tomorrow. When we don't, the politicians get the message that they can just continue with business as usual. And abortion never gets corrected. Let's also drop the weak excuse of "single issue." For many the "war" was the single issue in the last couple of elections. People do narrow it done to just "one thing" when they vote; those that don't, are just saying they really don't know what is important, or are being dishonest. For most their "single issue" is this; "I vote Democrat" or "I vote Republican," without ever taking a close look at the rest of the issues. Let's walk the talk. We've spent years saying we're "Pro-Life" but voting like we're not. If you thought it would be corrected as a "back-burner" issue, you were wrong. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Vote this time to "END Abortion." Get that done. Then turn to your other issues. But first things first. I guarantee you one thing. If you don't make it THE ISSUE, the politicians NEVER WILL.

  8. vance
    4 years ago

    I am tired of tthe old Catholic liberal clap trap of "All you can think about is abortion. There are other issues". If you are NOT ALIVE, Obamacare is academic. If you are NOT ALIVE, the fat hog welfare check will do you no good. Jesus never challenged the government of Rome or the government of King Herrod to provide healthcare or welfare for the poor. The Good Samaritan was not a government agent. Jesus told us all that WE, not a government, need to dig into our own pockets and help the poor. Yes there are other issues. GAY MARRIAGE, FETAL STEM CELL RESEARCH, 70% CHILD BIRTHS TO SINGLE BLACK MOTHERS, MORE PEOPLE COHABITATING THAN GETTING MARRIED, MULTI BILLION DOLLAR PORNOGRAPHY INDUSTRY, OUT-OF CONTROL BORDERS, NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY, DOUBLE DIP RECESSION, HIGH UNDER EMPLOYMENT, FANNY MAY AND FREDDY MAC, HIGH HOME FORECLOSURES, ETC. ETC. ETC.

  9. David Cortens
    4 years ago

    A wonderful article.
    I would like to distribute it hundreds of Catholics but it is too long and complex.
    Can you prepare a summary of less than a page?

  10. Cyril
    4 years ago

    Wonderful comment Josephine, you express my opinion of the what has been going on in this country since abortion has become the litmus test for being catholic by the many conservative catholic republicans who populate the majority of the commentors on this site. Thank you for the intelligent explanation of your position on the coming election. Let us hope that the 52% of Catholics who approve of President Obama will continue to support him in the future.

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