Catholics on Nov.4th

More is at stake than our economy.  If Americans and particularly Christians vote to protect their pockets we will have no recourse to God’s mercy.  If we vote to defend innocent life in all it’s stages God will honor how we used our freedom to choose the moral path! His Providence will then provide for our “daily bread.”

Deuteronomy 30

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You, however, must again heed the LORD’S voice and carry out all his commandments which I now enjoin on you.
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Then the LORD, your God, will increase in more than goodly measure the returns from all your labors, the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil; for the LORD, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity, even as he took delight in your fathers’,

I do not downplay the economic crisis. More afterward, but first:

If you have not seen this excellent video, please visit Catholicvote.com

The economic crisis of the past few weeks is alarming. Naturally many of us are anxious. Some have already lost jobs, others fear large losses in IRAs and other retirement accounts. These are serious conerns. However, they will pass.  We cannot–as Catholics and decent citizens–we cannot vote based on the economy when there are far more grave issues of morality at stake. The moral issues will not easily pass–history shows that it takes generations for a moral turn around–if ever. Many nations simply fall into gross immorality and perish. That is where we stand now isn’t it? On the literal brink of gross immorality–how so?

Simply said, it is one thing to have in your culture persons who commit grave offenses against life–it is a wholly other thing to LEGALIZE such offenses as a “right”–this in effect attempts to set forth a whole new order of being-ness. That new order is an anti-God , anti-life ordered society.  If we do nothing to stop this assault on God’s moral order we too are held responsible.  This gravely so for those who live in free societies where we can choose our leadership at the local, state and national level.

What are  those non-negotiable issues?

As identified by the Catholic Bishops these issues are:

ABORTION

EUTHANASIA

EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

HUMAN CLONING

HOMOSEXUALITY

Do you notice that each of these directly impacts LIFE ?  Directly.

Deuteronomy 30:19

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants…”

Here are the key points for all who are tempted to not to vote at all out of pure disgust, or those tempted to vote for Obama because they hope he will turn the economy around or end the war–remember he is the candidate whose sworn first act as president is to enact a universal “choice”  (abortion) act.

The next president is likely to appoint at least two Supreme Court justices–these justices serve life terms. Yes, for life. This means that the next president could appoint a 45 year old candidate who might serve 40 years! That is a generation.   How much damage to our moral fiber can be done by a court determined to engage in social engineering?

The two candidates differ on homosexuality and its legal “rights”.  Obama supports legal parity for homosexual unions, though he stops just short of letting them call it “marriage.”  But never forget that once homosexual unions are legalized under ANY form, those unions are then normalized and taught in school, portrayed in movies aimed at the PG-13 group and represented in all forms of culture.  Is this the culture you want to vote in for your own children and grandchildren?

Obama supports embryonic stem cell research.

Obama said this about Oregon’s assisted suicide decision:
“I am in favor of palliative medicine in circumstances where someone is terminally ill. … I’m mindful of the legitimate interests of states to prevent a slide from palliative treatments into euthanasia. On the other hand, I think that the people of Oregon did a service for the country in recognizing that as the population gets older we’ve got to think about issues of end-of-life care…”

Obama pushes for universal health care–do you think that when the government controls health care that it will legalize euthanasia for patients that are very old, ill or disabled so as to not “drain” the care coverage for healthy working people?

ON every one of the non-negotiable issues Obama fails.

Scripture is clear. Where people choose death, death of the nation follows. Where the people choose life, God’s mercy is upon them.

WANT MORE STRAIGHT TALK?  Please visit this website from a correspondent:

http://suewidemark.com/the-catholic-vote/

Keep the faith!

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7 Responses

  1. Mary Jo, I really enjoyed the show you did on the recent “Abundant Life” program. I notice in your recent blog you do some straight talking about the Catholic vote. This is what seems to be the most needed because many Catholics do not realize that if they vote for a pro abortion candidate they are committing serious sin (IF a more pro life candidate is running and has a reasonable chance of getting election i.e. isn’t a 3rd party candidate etc).

    The other thing which seems to confuse Catholics is that the party which supports abortion (and wants to make agreement with Roe V Wade a litmus test for choosing judges), is running a candidate whom we know is financed by the abortion industry and is in favor of the horrific partial birth abortion… And there are many Catholics who seem to feel that that THIS pro abortion candidate’s policies or plans toward the poor will cut down abortions more than the other candidate who is basically pro life. The website you suggest tip toes through the tulips but doesn’t come out and straight talk. The video (unless they’ve changed it) talks about moral values and generalizes everything and unfortunately could be misunderstood. I have found that both sides claim they are running on moral issues. That website is at least partially publically funded so they cannot SPEAK OUT boldly and I don’t see where they are going to do much good because every pro choice Catholic I’ve talked to feels that they are voting “pro life” by voting the so called “Seamless Garment”.

    Therefore I have gotten together a website for Catholics which is privately funded (out of my own pocket) and where I am beholden to NO ONE and CAN straight talk and tell Catholics that what the church says is abortion is the FIRST non negotible issue, an intrinsic evil. I straight talked like that to a Catholic man, a PhD who is a raging Democrat – I told him that the Bishops say (and the Holy Father) that if you vote for a pro abortion candidate you are committing serious sin. Because of our talk he IS going to vote for the more anti abortion candidate.

    Would you consider linking my website to your blog? It is:
    http://suewidemark.com/the-catholic-vote

    thanks,
    SueW

  2. It was a joy to see you on EWTN last night Mary Jo. Thank you for not mincing words. I will definitely link to this post.

  3. Voting for obama in the hopes of increasing one’s own financial security with full knowledge of his pro-death stance is called “voting with one’s belly”.

  4. The sad part is that anyone who wants to vote in the interest of their pocketbook is making a huge mistake if they pull the lever for Obama.

    He’s bad for Life. He’s bad for the economy. He’s just bad all around.

  5. OK, I’ve been holding my tongue long enough, and with the polling date looming, I think I need to speak out. In the interests of full disclosure, I am neither a liberal or a neoconservative, and in the upcoming election, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, I plan to cast my vote only in the most local elections.

    Firstly, I do not deny that it is a responsibility of every Christian to defend the right to life and the dignity of human life, and to help create the culture of life called for in Evangelium Vitae. That said, we all may protest loudly when the state attempts to dictate the culture in which we are impelled to live, work, and raise our children, but we contradict ourselves when we call say it is the state’s role to promote and defend the culture of life, or any culture for that matter, through law. And however the laws may change, the culture of America is, from its inception, hostile to a Catholic Church which is historically the promoter and defender of culture. It seeks to assimilate those of other cultures into a broad, vacuous amalgam, in which culture is dictated not by religious leaders or traditional mores, but by Hollywood and university ideologues, and we Catholics have sadly accepted assimilation into this both “culture of death” and “death of culture.” And, enjoying the privileges of our Americanness, we are clearly not willing to to be cultural Catholics, salt of the earth and light of the world, in the midst of this moral vacuum and to renew our ancient and venerable “culture of life,” leaving the authority to do so with an anti-clerical and utilitarian state.

    Secondly, the election is not between Obama and not-Obama, the election is between Obama and McCain. Has anyone read McCain’s biography? About how he did things while in the service that any other officer would have immediately been court-martialled and discharged for? About how he divorced his first wife in order to marry a younger, prettier heiress? About his general irresponsibility, short fuse, and, to sum it up, very poor character. This is the kind of man who would begin a war with, not just some banana republic, but a military power, like China or Russia, just for the heck of it!

    Furthermore, the messianism of Obama’s supporters is justly criticized, but why then do the critics go on to gush over Miss Alaska in much the same manner?

    We all have consciences, and we are all obliged to act in this society in accordance with our consciences and the teachings of the Church. But, please, however you have decided, be consistent, don’t apply double standards, and don’t be hypocritical!

  6. Many Catholics and many Christians are torn this year voting for their candidate. Catholics who believe their Church policy on abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc. will lean toward McCain. Other Catholics and many Christians who believe in the words of Jesus to admonish the wealthy and care for the poor and displaced; they will vote for Obama. In the final analysis it is the individual, their beliefs, their experiences in life that will guide them. The decision for some is easy; for others very hard. May God guide them.

  7. John McCain doesn’t seem that pro-life… he’s only advocating overturning Roe v. Wade. Ron Paul and others have a quicker way of making this a state issue:
    get the Senate and House to vote to remove abortion from federal jurisdiction.

    Please see the post on my blog about this.

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