Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By David Jones

4/30/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The Republican establishment must stop endorsing and supporting weak (or nominal) Pro-Life Presidential candidates.

Ultimately, politics is about winning.  If Republicans continue to lose Presidential elections, elections which they should have won, maybe, just maybe, they will finally wake up.  Let us pray this occurs.  It is time for the Republican establishment to stop giving lip-service to the dignity of the unborn. They must stop endorsing and supporting weak (or nominal) Pro-Life Presidential candidates. 

The contenders for leading this Nation for four very important years, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

The contenders for leading this Nation for four very important years, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Highlights

By David Jones

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/30/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Mitt Romney, Mormon, LDS, Barack Obama, campaign 2012, election, Republican, Pro-Life, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, David Jones


ST. JOSEPH,MO (Catholic Online) - Fr. Dwight Longenecker is a hero of mine.  I own nearly every book that he has ever written.  I have followed his writings for years.  I am deeply grateful for his many years of public witness of his love of Christ and His Church.  I write this article not so much as a fraternal correction to the errors of Fr. Longenecker's article about Mitt's Mormonism but as a way to lead a dialog about how Catholics should respond to Mitt's candidacy for President.
 
First, please allow me to give some personal background.  I have studied Mormonism for the last 15 years.  I have met with three different teams of Mormon missionaries over the years.  This included dozens of meetings with them spanning over several months.  I developed such a close friendship with one team that I actually visited them in their own apartment! 

I also held other intense discussions, many times lasting several hours, with a fellow Mormon co-worker.  That dialog with him went on for over a year.  I have two entire book shelves of Mormon scriptures, non-fiction and fiction books and movies on or about Mormonism, official Mormon missionary training material, etc.  From both sociological and historical perspectives Mormons are a fascinating group to study.  
 
Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in both the U.S. and in the world.  Unfortunately many of the new Mormon converts are former Catholics.  Their strongest growth tends to be in Catholic countries.  It is not just a global problem for Catholics though, it is a local one as well for those of us here in the Kansas City region.  A new Mormon Temple is being dedicated here on May 6.  A major Mormon public affairs campaign has been underway here for months. 

To combat their aggressive evangelization, the Kansas City - St. Joseph Diocesan catechetical institute (the Bishop Helmsing Institute) under the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn recently hosted a conference on Mormonism.  Many folks are just unaware about what they believe.  Education about what Mormons actually believe is important for us as Catholics to know. 
 
I am not a former Mormon though nor do I claim to be an expert on Mormonism.  If, as a Catholic you desire to learn more about Mormonism I would refer you to the talks and writings of Thomas Smith, Isaiah Bennett, Brian Paul, and Steve Clifford.  I would also recommend getting the booklet Beginning Apologetics II - How to Answer Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons by Father Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham with the Foreword by Patrick Madrid. 
 
In this article I am only sharing some things that I have learned over the years about what Mormons believe and some personal thoughts regarding how we as Catholics should respond to Mitt's candidacy for President.  Mormons believe and teach that the soul pre-exists prior to entering the human body.  The soul enters at birth. 

That is why Mormon politicians can be either Pro-Choice or Pro-Life.  That is why Mormons support embryonic stem research.  That is why Mormons are typically weak on the Life issues.  That is why Mitt Romney was Pro-Choice but now claims to be Pro-Life.  It was politically expedient to be Pro-Choice in Massachusetts but now it is fine to be Pro-Life for his national campaign.  More on this fact later. 
 
Mitt Romney not only served as a Mormon missionary in France but was also considered a high priest, the equivalent of bishop to Catholics.  He actually led his own local Mormon congregation at one time.  It is impossible to reach that level without being a very serious, a very devout Mormon.  To claim that Mitt Romney is not a real Mormon is simply not a credible argument if you know anything about Mormon culture and religious practices. 
 
Tax returns show that Mitt Romney has donated a significant portion of his income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  No one doubts Mitt Romney was and is serious about money.  To believe that he has donated literally millions of dollars to Mormons over the years but doesn't actually believe in Mormonism itself is not a credible claim in my opinion.  
 
Do you know Mitt's own Mormon family history in Mexico? Why did his family leave the United States? To escape not religious persecution but legal prosecution because they were polygamists after it had already been outlawed in Utah. Mitt Romney's own father was born in Mexico. For Mitt to not practice Mormonism would mean abandoning his entire family lineage and history.

In the few speeches that Mitt has ever given directly about his Mormon faith, he emphatically claims that he would never abandon it. I take him at his word about Mormonism, his own personal faith.  It is one of the honest-to-goodness real convictions that he holds, unfortunately it appears as if the rest of his beliefs are like a bowl of Jell-O.  
 
Here are several facts which Catholics must face regarding Mitt Romney:
 
1.  A vote for Mitt is a vote for a non-Christian.  What we know as a hard fact about Mitt Romney is that he is not a Christian from the official standpoint of the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church does not recognize the baptism of Mormons as valid.
 
2.  A vote for Mitt is a vote for someone who does not believe that creation begins at conception.  There is no wonder why Mitt is so weak on the Life issues.  It is rooted in a bad theology, a non-Christian anthropology.
 
3.  A vote for Mitt is a vote for someone who appointed liberal Pro-Choice judges to the bench while he was Governor of Massachusetts.  Can you trust him now to appoint conservative Pro-Life judges to the U.S. Supreme Court or will likely appoint moderates?  Do you trust his record or rhetoric?
 
4.  A vote for Mitt is a vote for someone who discriminated against the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic hospitals, while he was Governor in Massachusetts.  If he had no problems violating the consciences of Catholics then, what will stop him from doing so against Catholics now?  After all government mandated health care is his own model which has now been adopted nationally.   
 
One could argue that not voting at all in the Presidential election this cycle is really a vote for Life.  Not voting would be a vote against Mitt Romney but not a cooperation with evil by supporting a Pro-Choice candidate like our current President.  The Republican establishment must stop endorsing and supporting weak (or nominal) Pro-Life Presidential candidates. 
 
Ultimately, politics is about winning.  If Republicans continue to lose Presidential elections, elections which they should have won, maybe, just maybe, they will finally wake up.  Let us pray this occurs.  It is about time for the Republican establishment to stop giving lip-service to the dignity of the unborn.  Saving the lives of thousands of innocent and defenseless unborn children depend on us and how we vote, or not vote, this election cycle. 

Disclaimer - The opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author and not those of the U.S. Army.

---------------
David Jones holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Institute of Religious and Pastoral Studies, University of Dallas. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Pontifically recognized and approved ecclesial movement. He also runs a popular blog entitled La Nouvelle Theologie. His conversion story is published in the Italian book entitled Sotto Il Cielo D'America (Under the American Sky) written by Marco Bardazzi. The introduction of this book has been translated into English and is available on-line here.  He also runs a popular blog entitled La Nouvelle Theologie http://ressourcement.blogspot.com/ and contributes to Journaling for Faith, Family, and Freedom.http://fffblog.posterous.com/

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

In President Obama's war on religious freedom the people suffer another loss Watch

Image of A July 21 executive order has dealt a huge blow to the cause of freedom of religion in the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama's July 21 executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual-self-identification has lead to strong criticism from several prominent U.S. bishops, calling the executive order "unprecedented and extreme." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Efforts against female genital mutilation could be thwarted by population growth Watch

Image of Due partly to community activism and legislation, the prevalence of FGM, which involves the cutting away of the external female genitalia, and the marriage of girls under the age of 18 has decreased slightly over the last 30 years, UNICEF said.

By Lisa Anderson, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Advances in fighting female genital mutilation, or FGM and child marriage could be offset by population growth unless the rate of progress increases, according to new data released Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (Thomson Reuters ... continue reading


FREE SPEECH VIOLATED: Tea party groups' lawsuit against IRS proceeds Watch

Image of Among the individuals named in the lawsuit is Lois Lerner, who headed the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status at that time.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They're not going to take it - and they're taking their claims to court. A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service. The judge rejected a request by the federal government to dismiss all the ... continue reading


'Suing the president is the right path to go down here,' Boehner declares Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from actions by President Obama. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that if the president takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, ... continue reading


Federal government says state death penalties are 'unconstitutional' Watch

Image of A federal judge has called California's death penalty unconstitutional. Surprisingly though, this judge is a conservative republican, a party that has long opposed federal overreach into state rights.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A federal judge ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional on July 16, claiming that the state's system is arbitrary, unfair, and cruel and unusual because of a lengthy process that leaves prisoners in the dark about their actual death row status. ... continue reading


'American people have a right to know,' Issa proclaims Watch

Image of Darrel Issa says that Simas' testimony was

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California said administration claims that White House political director David Simas was immune from testimony were "absurd" and "deeply disturbing." Defying a subpoena, Issa has now set up a new high-profile fight ... continue reading


Cheat on your taxes? It just got a lot easier Watch

Image of If you still fear a knock at your door anytime soon, it must be noted that one's chances of getting audited vary greatly and are based on income.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you cheat on your taxes - or senselessly worry that some indiscretion in your recent past will have the Internal Revenue Service shortly breathing down your neck - things just got a little bit brighter. The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget ... continue reading


While federal tax revenues are at an all-time high - federal government still running a deficit Watch

Image of What's the old saying?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While federal tax revenues continue to run at a record pace in fiscal 2014, their still no way out of the forest yet. The federal government's total receipts for the fiscal year closed last month at an unprecedented $2,258,565,000,000, according to the Monthly ... continue reading


President Obama accused of being insufficiently engaged in border crisis Watch

Image of President Obama wishes to make clear to parents and adults in Central America that there is no payoff for sending their children on the dangerous journey northward.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With hundreds, if not thousands of unaccompanied children streaming across the United States' southwest border with Texas - and more on the way - America's border security and policies may be in transition. Republicans and some Democrats have since accused U.S. ... continue reading


Put the spotlight - ON ME: Obama uses first person singular 99 TIMES in speech Watch

Image of In President Obama's recent speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"I," "Me," sand "My" were words used by U.S. President Barack Obama in a speech vowing unilateral action. In fact, Obama used the first person singular a whopping 199 times. This figure did not account for instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 44:1, 10-15
1 Next let us praise illustrious men, our ancestors ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
11 Yahweh has sworn to David, and will always remain ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:16-17
16 'But blessed are your eyes because they see, your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 26th, 2014 Image

Sts. Joachim and Anne
July 26: By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter