New Catholic Action: CatholicVote Produces Commercial Supporting Rick Santorum
Informed and morally coherent Catholics can make a huge contribution
We will not be stifled by "political correctness". For example, we will proclaim without equivocation or compromise of any kind the objective truth that every single human person, from conception, throughout every age and stage, up to and including natural death, has a Fundamental Human Right to life. This is not a Democratic or Republican "position", not a conservative or liberal position, it is a human rights position. It is not a "single issue"; it is the lens through which all issues must be considered.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - As the South Carolina Republican Primary vote approaches the vital role of well catechized and morally coherent Catholic voters becomes increasingly clear. I have written for years concerning the pressing need for building a New Catholic Action. I have also spent those years helping to build such a needed movement.
I know that Catholic Social Teaching provides principles for action addressed to the citizens of every Nation, concerning how to live with one another in a manner that promotes the fullness of social life for the entire human community. These are not just "religious" ideas, in the sense of being offered only for religious people. Rather, they find their origins in the Natural Law and are confirmed by Revelation.
This Social teaching is not only for Catholics, other Christians or even just "religious people". It is for all people, offered by the Church to all who seek to build a truly just society. It is called "social" because it speaks to human society and to the formation, role and rightful place of social institutions, beginning with the family as the first society and first mediating institution.
Catholic Social teaching proclaims that there are some unchangeable truths, such as the dignity of every human person and the right to life, from conception to natural death; the primacy of authentic marriage and the family and society founded upon it; and our obligation in solidarity to one another, and, most especially, to the poor and needy in our midst.
It presents an understanding of human freedom as being properly exercised only with reference to the truth and at the service of our obligations to one another. It also proposes social ordering principles such as the principle of subsidiarity which helps in structuring governance in a manner which respects the family fiorst and looks to mediating institutions first.
This principle also has application in helping to build a truly just economic order where participation is continually expanded; an economic order which is at the service of the human person, the family, human flourishing and the true common good.
At the root of every social question, there are fundamental norms of morality which should inform our life together.The idea that "social" and "economic" issues can be separated fails to understand the primacy of the human person in the social question. When candidates claim such a mistaken notion, they reveal a moral incoherence.
The motto of Catholic Online reflects our mission, "Inform, Inspire and Ignite". We will do everything we can in the coming months to mobilize Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and people of good will to build a new culture of life and civilization of love. We will do all we can to help ensure that Catholics take their place in serving the common good through effective and faithful citizenship.
Catholic Online will help facilitate the spread of a New Catholic Action as we approach the critical fall election in the United States. We will help fellow Catholics, other Christians, and other people of faith and good will throughout the world in their efforts toward achieving the same goal.
One way in which we will do this is to call attention to effective efforts put forth by Catholics who take their call to faithful citizenship seriously. One such group is CatholicVote. These enthusiastic and sincere Catholic men and women have shown the kind of courage and creativity which is so desperately needed from lay men and women in this urgent hour.
Here is but an excerpt from their mission statement: "CatholicVote.org is a lay movement, foremost, of committed Catholics who are passionate about living out the truths proclaimed by Christ and His Church in the modern world. We are joined by many individuals of other faith traditions (and no faith tradition) because the common good we seek is universal to all men and women of good will."
"CatholicVote.org is also a community of patriotic Americans who believe our nation's founding principles are good and true, and worth fighting for. Most of all, we believe in the dignity of the human person from conception until natural death, in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and in religious freedom for all people."
"CatholicVote.org also aspires to better apply the principle of subsidiarity in addressing the needs of our fellow citizens. We believe that an authentic Catholic approach to truly helping the needy of our country is best achieved by encouraging private armies of charity, healthier marriages and families, and the flourishing of religion in our culture."
"CatholicVote.org believes in communicating our message with creativity. For this reason, we have pioneered innovative ...
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