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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. Nadine
    3 years ago

    Jesus would neither have been a Democrat or a Republican.

  2. Josephine
    3 years ago

    Deacon Fournier,
    What has the Republican party done to prevent abortions? They controlled the presidency, the house, and the senate and nothing was accomplished, Roe v Wade still stands. Why should I believe Republicans will do anything in the future? They all say they are pro-life and never follow through with action. You can argue against Democrats, but there is no good argument for Republicans. At least I know where the Democrats stand on the issue, in words and in action. Your notion that you can't be a Democrat and a Catholic is based on a single issue, why do you get to make that judgment, my priest and the USCCB said that our vote should be dependent on many issues, are you saying they are wrong? 52% of Catholics approve of Pres. Obama, are all of us not Catholic? I am anti-abortion, but I will not base my vote on one issue, I will choose a pro-choice, pro-social justice, pro-poor Democrat over an-anti abortion pro-corporation, pro-war, anti-social justice candidate every time. Women get abortions, not politicians, the problem needs to be addressed from the bottom up, providing health care is a great start!

  3. Pete Brady
    3 years ago

    Finally, someone says it as it is. If you vote for the Democratic Party you ARE voting for abortion. And that does not excuse the Republicans. They say they are pro-Life but do NOTHING about it when the lead is turned over to them. For those who still want to address "social issues" the single best thing that can be done is to END THE FED. It's actions are immoral. It is evil. We have for decades been sanctioning the only legally recognized counterfeiter in the U.S. The "private enterprise" counterfeiter doesn't go to jail just 'cause of the crime BUT more to the point because he/she is "competing" with the Federal Reserve. Inflation is immoral. And the culprit behind the fact that the dollar is less than a dime of what it was a century ago IS the Federal Reserve. And the most immediately available and direct path to ending the FED is to make Executive Order 11110 (JFK's executive order to circulate "silver certificates") active right now. It's still "on the books" and all it needs is for the Oval Office to enact it. If enacted "Planned Parenthood" and "Embryonic Stem Cell Research" would drop dead almost overnight. That's my pitch. But the single most important thing said by the Deacon was that this fall a Catholic's vote must be "morally coherent." And that means setting aside decades of "ingrained" thinking and almost "Pavlovian" voting that means a Catholic votes "Democratic." It is morally reprehensible to vote for a political party that enacts policies that kill the unborn or subjects them to "scientific" experimentation ala Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Right on Deacon Fournier!

  4. Robert Klein
    3 years ago

    The time when we could wake-up say our prayers, eat breakfast, love our family and head of to work and everything will be ok has passed. The time to stand up and be counted is here. The progressive movement spearheaded by the democratic party has torn away the moral fiber of this nation. Secularism is growing by leaps and bounds. The current president said he wanted fewer abortions, one week later he signs on to fund abortions in Mexico City and throughout Central America. Since Roe v Wade this country has aborted approx. 50 million of God's children. Please do not equate that to providing healtchcare for everyone. Christ taught us about charity and personal responsibility. The progressives want to redifine marriage and call you a bigot if you stand up for what Jesus taught. They even try to call you anti-christian by twisiting Christ's teachings claiming "who are we to judge others?". We must call immoral behavior what it is. The answer may not be the Republican party but it certainly is not the Democratic Party. Check out THE CATHOLIC ADVOCATE who recently reported on the votes of all of the catholics in the HOUSE and SENATE. The answer lies in voting for Conservatives. A good place to start is with the Tea Party. One fact is for certain that without a strong United States of America the world is a much worse place.
    When we take care of our neighbor is it no better to teach a man to fish than to give him fish. We now have generations of people who rely on the government to provide for their lives. Christ granted us rights and obligations. The government does not bestow rights on us. PRAY AND BE INFORMED. PRAY AND INFORM OTHERS.

  5. techwreck
    3 years ago

    This article ignores the current leadership of the Church in the U.S. and their dangerous influence on the decisions and votes of the faithful. The U.S, Church is led by progressives who are sympathetic to the current Democrat agenda. Their actions extend to backing specific political proposals, such as Obamacare, rather than educating the faithful on moral principles.

    They clearly fail to "teach as Jesus did", leaving the faithful without moral leadership and education.

    I challenge the bishops to produce any evidence that Christ's teaching requires Catholics to support government social programs that are completely devoid of the love of Christ and often violate His teachings. I challenge the bishops to defend their abandonment of the Church's programs that allow the faithful to help the poor, becoming just one more organization competing for government funding under goverment guidelines for Church run organizations like Catholic Charities.

    Under the leadership of the USCCB, current generations of Catholics are largely ignorant of the "poor box", the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the obligation of each of us to help those less fortunate than ourselves, showing them the love of Christ in the process. Instead, we are instructed in our obligation to support annual collections for Catholic NGO's and to lobby our elected representatives for specific (progressive) legislation the bishops support.

    All of this political and management activity seems unrelated to the "mind of Christ" and reflects the progressive social justice gospel of the bishops. I can't find any support for these activities in Scripture.

  6. techwreck
    3 years ago

    Deacon Fournier ignores the current leadership of the Church in the U.S. and their dangerous influence on the decisions and votes of the faithful. The U.S, Church is led by progressives who are sympathetic to the current Democrat agenda. Their actions extend to backing specific political proposals, such as Obamacare, rather than educating the faithful on moral principles.

    They clearly fail to "teach as Jesus did", leaving the faithful without moral leadership and education.

    I challenge the bishops to produce any evidence that Christ's teaching requires Catholics to support government social programs that are completely devoid of the love of Christ and often violate His teachings. I challenge the bishops to defend their abandonment of the Church's programs that allow the faithful to help the poor, becoming just one more organization competing for government funding under goverment guidelines for Church run organizations like Catholic Charities.

    Under the leadership of the USCCB, current generations of Catholics are largely ignorant of the "poor box", the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the obligation of each of us to help those less fortunate than ourselves, showing them the love of Christ in the process. Instead, we are instructed in our obligation to support annual collections for Catholic NGO's and to lobby our elected representatives for specific (progressive) legislation the bishops support.

    All of this political and management activity seems unrelated to the "mind of Christ" and reflects the progressive social justice gospel of the bishops. I can't find any support for these activities in Scripture.

  7. Andy Holland
    3 years ago

    If politicians want to take all the phony money from me I really don't care - but don't expect me to excuse those who kill the least of my brothers and sisters in the mother's womb through lies, indifference, abysmal ignorance, pandering to sexual immorality and craving a lust for power. Three thousand Holy Innocents a day adds up fast - the Herod's of both parties ought to realize those who do nothing for the least of Jesus Brothers and sisters will depart from him during the great livestock sorting of sheep and goats.

  8. Deacon Keith Fournier
    3 years ago

    To NH: Please read the article. The reason we must care about health care for our neighbors, human rights for all persons, compassion and opportunity for the the poor....is because all of these matters concern human persons who have human dignity and human rights from the moment of conception throughout the entirety of their lives and until a natural death! If we fail to recognize the existence of the most fundamental right to life then the entire structure of rights collapses. I am critical of both parties. What I am insisting upon is that we who are Catholic vote in a morally coherent manner. The argument you are making is incoherent. It has also landed us in the mess we are in right now.

  9. Michael D. Mann
    3 years ago

    I think what has made America great is the moral goodness of many of it's people. For a long time, good and decent American's were abhored by such forms of behavior as abortion, homosexual marriage, or thoughts of euthanasia of weak members of society or abusive alcohol and drug use. Today many people, particularily Democrats are trying to bring some of these things into the mainstream. This election, I am going to do my best to meet my moral duty as a Catholic and work to support people who respect life and the dignity of the individual and family. I often think of the legacy of holiness that such Americans as Sts. Elizabeth Ann Bailey Seton, John Nepomucene Neumann, Francis Cabrini, Junipero Serra, Issac Jogues and Katerine Drexel and many, many others have left us. I believe we must honor their legacy and leave a great one of our own. The difference between these saints and the rest of us is they took there duties as Catholics truly seriously.

  10. NH
    3 years ago

    What are you talking about and when did you gain the power to judge the fate of someones soul?

    The current privately owned corrupted healthcare system allows for abortions to take place and funds them as we speak. It is up to the state and the insurance companies to stop funding and/or allowing them.


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