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Politics and FAITHFUL, RESPONSIBLE Citizenship

Discussion in 'The Spirit of the USA' started by Beth B, Feb 14, 2016.

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    Beth B Beth Marie

    “the Catholic who chooses not to vote at all, when there is a viable candidate who will advance the common good, although not perfectly, fails to fulfill his or her moral duty”.
    Cardinal Burke
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  3. Dean

    Dean Archangels

    That's why we need to all get out there and support Trump. After all he's the only one who said on stage last Planned Parenthood does lots of good!

    Note: that was sarcastic font. I know, my priest keeps saying I needs to stop that.
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  4. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    On Election Day, our country will make critical decisions about the types of leaders we will have for years to come. If you have not been doing so, it is time to begin looking more carefully at the candidates who will be running.

    To make the right decision when deciding on the candidates whom you will support, it is essential that you look carefully at the positions of the candidates in the race. This step in the process is critical in fulfilling your responsibilities as a faithful citizen, as you must participate in the political process with a fully informed conscience. This includes knowing the positions of the candidates.

    • You can find this information in several places, such as newspapers, television news, voter guides, and on the internet.
    • If these sources fail, you can always contact the candidate's campaign to make an inquiry about his or her position. If possible, this should be done well in advance of the election and should include a request for a response in writing. The reason for this is that, especially in local campaigns, phones can be answered by people who think they know more about the candidate than they actually do. Once you find sources of this information, be sure to review them carefully.

      Frequently politicians make statements like, "I have always been personally pro-life," or, "I would never encourage a woman to have an abortion." Rather than offering comfort to pro-life voters, statements like these should raise red flags, as they are typically followed by, "but I would never impose my personal beliefs on anybody else," or some similar statement. Even in cases in which these words do not follow, they are often implied. In such cases, be sure to look for a clearer statement of the candidate's position, again, in writing if possible.

      And remember, the key question is not simply what the candidate believes. Ask what the candidate will do to restore protection to the unborn.
    • You should also look at a candidate's voting record. This is extremely easy with members of Congress as you can simply contact any one of a number of national organizations that track votes as part of their regular activity. They will be able to inform you how your Congressman and Senator voted on the bills that have come before them. You can often obtain similar information about state candidates from pro-life organizations within your state.
    • Pay attention to what individuals or groups have endorsed, promoted, volunteered for or contributed to the campaign of a candidate. This says a lot about what the candidate stands for. You will know a person by his or her friends.
    • Finally, remember that elections not only put candidates into power, but they put parties into power, too. In voting for a candidate, you should know the positions of the candidate and also the positions of the party to which he/she belongs.

      If you have further questions about how you should evaluate candidates, please contact our office at (888) 735-3448 ext. 260.
    -- Fr. Frank Pavone

    Pro-Life credentials for possible 2016 Presidential Candidates: (in alphabetical order)

    National Right to Life guide on where the Candidates stand on Life (pdf)
  5. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Lol....thank you for seeing through his claim that he is ProLife and his refusal to defund PLANNED PARENTHOOD! Any organization that is cutting up babies and selling baby parts is EVIL! We should not only not be funding them with a HALF BILLION DOLLARS a year...we should be demanding that these baby killing abortion clinics be shut down!

    Trump is NOT ProLife.....!
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    Cardinal Raymond Burke on voting:

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    Priest for Life:

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    Beth B Beth Marie

    A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters


    8. What if none of the candidates are completely pro-life?

    As Pope John Paul II explains in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), “…when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.” Logically, it follows from these words of the Pope that a voter may likewise vote for that candidate who will most likely limit the evils of abortion or any other moral evil at issue.
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