Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Two Catholic Vice Presidential Candidates and One is Being Faithful
The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit either as an end in itself or as a means to a good end
One cannot be a faithful Catholic and deny the Right to Life for our first neighbors in their mother's womb. Nor can one be a faithful Catholic and fail to defend true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. Given our numbers, U.S. Catholics can determine the outcome of this election.
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On the weekend of September 14 - 16, 2012 thousands gathered in Washington, DC for the "Values Voters Summit". On Friday morning, Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's Vice Presidential candidate, spoke to a large, mostly enthusiastic crowd. There were a few protesters who attempted to disrupt the speech. They were escorted out of the hall. He was introduced by a fellow Catholic who has long been active in Public Service, Bill Bennett.
Ryan addressed the Middle East, the economic crisis and many other serious policy concerns. He did so in a down to earth, well informed and comfortable manner. I heard him speak for the first time in Norfolk, Virginia when he was introduced by Gov. Romney as his running mate. I wrote an article entitled "Romney Goes Bold: Pro-Life Catholic Paul Ryan Chosen as Republican Vice Presidential Candidate."
For me, it was the following comments which stood out: "Under the current President, we are at risk of becoming a poor country, because he looks to government as the great benefactor in every life. Our opponents even have a new motto. They say, quote, "Government is the only thing that we all belong to." I don't know about you, but I've never thought of government as something I belong to. As a matter of fact, on the seven occasions I've been sworn in as a Member of Congress, I have never taken an oath to the government. The oath that all of us take is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, under which government is limited and the people are sovereign."
"In the experience of real life, the most important things we belong to have a very different hold on us. I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith - and that's how we all feel about the faiths we hold. In the same way, we Americans give ourselves to every kind of good cause. We do so for the simple reason that our hearts and conscience have called us to work that needs doing, to fill a place that sometimes no one else can fill."
"...Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it. As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group - it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you - people of faith and concerned citizens - in defense of religious liberty."
"When he (President Obama) tries to make big government sound reasonable and inclusive, President Obama likes to say, "We're all in this together." And here, too, he has another handy straw man. Anyone who questions the wisdom of his policies must be lacking in compassion. Who else would question him but those mean people who think that everybody has to go it alone and fend for themselves."
"We're all in this together" - it has a nice ring. For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born. Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party."
"In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion "safe, legal and rare." But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion - at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense...We don't write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice. Every child has a place and purpose in this world. Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life."
There is another Catholic candidate running for the Vice Presidency in 2012 - Joe Biden, wants another four years. He purports to be personally opposed to abortion. He claims to accept the Catholic teaching that all human life must be protected and respected from the moment of conception, throughout life and to a natural death. Yet, in his own words, he "strongly supports Roe v Wade", the Supreme Court decision that entrenched unrestricted abortion as the positive law in America.
He participated in a Presidential debate on April 27, 2008 in South Carolina which contained this exchange and said ...
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