During this critical election, please pray for our nation, candidates and electorate.
So… I’ve viewed statements and videos from various bishops and priests about the role of the Church as we head into the elections. Some were a bit wimpy; some were ok. Few were strong enough – so I’ll write something.
I’ll start with this: As Catholics, remember that moral issues are hugely important. It’s not “just the economy” that is a concern when we go to the polls. Christian morality has always been fundamental to the roots and foundation of the United States. It’s okay to tell people that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and that these values were embraced by our Founding Fathers as the path that would make our democratic nation outstanding. We were not founded to be a purely secular state and certainly not an atheist one. Christian morality has always been at the heart of American life. Please feel obliged to speak about moral issues that are truly important in our nation. Issues like – the right to life in the womb, the education of our children, the importance of family, the beauty of marriage, the necessity of religious liberty, justice for the poor and marginalized, inclusion of all races and ethnicities and the inclusion of God in civil life.
Okay, ready for it? Here is the position of the Catholic Church when it comes to elections: The Church is prohibited from promoting or endorsing any candidate or political party and Catholics (including priests) are asked to avoid active campaigning while on church property. People have differences of opinion, and we should respect everyone’s right to free speech and recognize the dignity of each person made in the image and likeness of God amidst differing political opinions. The Church also teaches that we have a duty, in our universal mission of the salvation of souls, to inform consciences on issues important to society and for the common good. The Church hopes and prays that people will make informed decisions and offers guidance to help form consciences accordingly.
With that said (as a priest who’s fulfilling my duty to help form your conscience), here is your top issue: Abortion.
Some may say, “Why? Why is that the top issue?” Because it is. One third of pregnancies end in the killing of the baby in the womb. On average 3,200 elective abortions take place every day in this nation. That’s 1.2 million lives lost every year. Abortion is wrong, sad and mean – we are intentionally killing human beings.
The bishops of the United States have affirmed that the threat of abortion remains our top concern because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family and because of the number of lives destroyed.
FYI: There is one party and set of candidates who in general supports the right to life in the womb. There is another party and set of candidates who does not. The latter political party has formally and clearly stated that all of its politicians up for election – on all state and national tickets (Senators, Representatives of the House, Governors and of course the President) – must go “all in” on abortion. Unfettered rights to abortion, with no restrictions under any and all circumstances, is the party platform.
You want to talk about other issues? Go ahead. Make sure you talk about the two major political parties’ positions on things like euthanasia, God in the public sector, religious liberty to teach the Catholic religion in our institutes, and especially, the right to practice our faith and teach the truths of our religion to our children in their homes. One party has gone public on this: Christian moral values have no place in their new America.
One month before the election I can’t formally tell you how to vote. I shouldn’t tell you (in this newsletter or on any social media). But I can help form your conscience. I can tell you this – the party that touted themselves as the party of “the little guy” has gotten far away from that. What about the little guy in the womb?
In closing, abortion is enough to look at when deciding on whom to vote. The slippery slope into senselessness, stupidities and other immoralities feeds off of that one.