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Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012 - Day 39: Language, Manners and Catholic Action Comments

Politics, like evangelization, is about convincing people to think and act other than the way they generally do.  Wagging your finger at those who disagree only pushes them away, perhaps permanently. Continue Reading

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  1. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    In support of the need to study the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI wrote this in his Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East:

    "The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a necessary and fundamental resource. As I have already mentioned, the study and teaching of the Catechism is to be encouraged, together with a practical introduction to the Church’s social teaching as expressed particularly in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church and in the great documents of the papal magisterium."

    It is in that same document that he said: "It is not fitting to state in an exclusive way: 'I possess the truth'."

    I would disagree with the proposition that Notre Dame should not invite the President of the United States to speak on campus. The President has a political agenda as do others; Catholics have an obligation to understand that agenda and vote according to their informed conscience mandates. In the search for truth one cannot only listen in an exclusive way to those with whom one agrees.

    I often think of Jesus who said: "Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's" Mk 12:17 Jesus does not say: "Caesar is evil because he kills individuals and their families for not paying taxes, promotes pagan gods, supports temple prostitutes, and ultimately will use tax money to execute Himself." In choosing for whom to vote is not a simple proposition, as some would propose.

    Let us grow together in the truth through encounters of love.

  2. True Witness
    2 years ago

    President Obama has not allocated one cent to pay for abortions. In this country, abortions are permitted under the law, but taxpayers are not paying for these. I'm catholic, and I will not impose my credo on others; I will not condem those who perform abortion nor to those who abort. It is an issue they have to resolve with their Creator.

  3. Kasoy
    2 years ago

    There is much the church can still do to educate the Catholic parishioners through parish educational activities sponsored by lay organizations. Catholic schools is an excellent way to promote the proper moral values among young Catholics. Catholics who send their children to public schools will have to take extra effort to educate their children about basic Catholic principles. Perhaps, more Catholics should patronize Catholic schools instead of public schools. With more enrollment, Catholic schools may become more financially capable to expand their operations.

  4. susan
    2 years ago

    I am a hispanic catholic and I do not understand why the latin catholics who are usually very devout catholics do not look real hard at the values of the president. It is as though they are very uninformed. I feel someone needs to hit them hard with the facts on President Obama and his values with regard to abortion and marriage..

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