Morally Coherent Catholic Voters Should Decide the 2012 US Presidential Election
Anyone who thinks the teachers of the Catholic Church are not clear on our duty as Catholics to vote in a manner which is morally coherent has not read Catholic teaching or simply rejects it
One simply cannot be a faithful Catholic and hold what is euphemistically called a "pro-choice" position on abortion or fail to defend true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. The same elite who currently control the Democratic Party - which abandoned its one time support for all the poor, including children in the womb - has now abandoned true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. They will reflect this in their official party platform during their convention in September.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - I write this article as a private citizen. I still have a right to speak out on such matters, thank God. And this website had enough foresight to organize itself as a "for profit" business. It has avoided the growing hostility toward Christians who speak out.
What I am about to say will make some waves; I hope so. Though said almost every four years, this actually IS, in my opinion, the most important presidential election in my lifetime. What is at stake is the very idea of this Nation and the values upon which it was founded.
On Wednesday, August 8, 2012, in Denver, Colorado, the President of the United States sent an unambiguous signal concerning his complete disrespect for Catholic voters who understand their faith and take it with them into the public square. He was introduced by Sandra Fluke at a campaign event.
Fluke, the former 30 year old Georgetown University Law student (she graduated in the spring) and past President of Law Students for "Reproductive Justice" gave testimony before Congress last March. She bemoaned allegedly having to spend $3,000 a year for contraception. She turned it into a contrived argument in support of compelling all Americans to pay for it through the Affordable Care Act.
Her testimony was an embarrassment to Catholics. Georgetown purports to be a Catholic institution. She is now a surrogate for the Obama reelection campaign. The "Affordable Care Act" mandates, through the implementation regulations of HHS, that Catholic Colleges and other Catholic outreaches dispense contraception, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization under the ruse of providing "health care".
This is a flagrant violation of the Free Exercise Clause found in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. The one year last minute "safe harbor" offered by the Administration was a convenient way for the administration to table the multitude of lawsuits from Catholic institutions under a legal theory that the constitutional issues are now not "ripe" until 2013.
Fluke gave an interview to the press the day before and spouted the Obama administration's propaganda, "This is a pivotal moment for us. We have a choice between someone who has stood up for women's health and defended our access to affordable healthcare and a candidate that has outright promised to turn back the clock on women's health and women's rights."
Given their numbers, U.S. Catholics can determine the outcome of this election. That is if we act in a manner which is, to use words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "morally coherent". That phrase was used in an instruction released in 2002 entitled a "Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life".
That teaching document was directed to "the Bishops of the Catholic Church and, in a particular way, to Catholic politicians and all lay members of the faithful called to participate in the political life of democratic societies." The teaching in the instruction also informs the "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" sections pertaining to the political participation of Catholics. (See, e.g. #565-574) Anyone who thinks the teachers of the Catholic Church are not clear on our duty as Catholics to vote in a manner which is morally coherent has not read Catholic teaching or simply rejects it. Here is an excerpt:
"The social doctrine of the Church is not an intrusion into the government of individual countries. It is a question of the lay Catholic's duty to be morally coherent, found within one's conscience, which is one and indivisible. "There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called 'spiritual life', with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called 'secular' life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity."
"In fact, every area of the lay faithful's lives, as different as they are, enters into the plan of God, who desires that these very areas be the 'places in time' where the love of Christ is revealed and realized for both the glory of the Father and service of others. Living and acting in conformity with one's own conscience on questions of politics is not slavish acceptance of positions alien to politics or some kind of 'confessionalism', but rather the way in which Christians offer their concrete contribution so that, through political life, society will become ...
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