Election Time – Catholic Voting
By Thomas Stidl
How many times do we hear our politicians say that they are pro-life? How many of those politicians vote for pro-choice bills and go against their own belief? When asked why they voted in a particular way that is contrary to their beliefs, they always use the same one-liner that they do not wish to impose their beliefs on others.
This is a rather gutless explanation. This is also why we never make any progress in strengthening our moral development. If a politician continues to do this, it is up to the voter to force him to keep his word. This is one of our Catholic traditions. Catholics have a moral obligation to try to live our daily lives practicing our faith.
It is sad that we have a Catholic president who wishes to codify Roe vs. Wade into federal law. We, as Catholic Americans, should begin at the primary election level to support people of faith who will return this country to the principles of our Founding Fathers. Now I know that none of us are perfect. After all, we are all sinners and fall far short of the Glory of God, but the taking of innocent human life no matter how it arrived must be prevented.
Now, I know and you know that voting for the G.O.P. is not voting for GOD. However, the G.O.P. Have more conservative politicians that would vote in accordance with the saving of human life and the principles of the Founding Fathers.
Unfortunately, our Catholic religious education system came under attack by what educators thought was the spirit of Vatican II. We opened the church windows to allow fresh air into the Church. We forgot to put the screens on the windows to keep the spiritual “bugs” from polluting our faith. Hopefully, we have learned from this experience and the Church catechizes its new members and some older ones to form proper consciences under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Now, I am not saying that all Catholics must only vote for all Catholics. I have seen people of other Christian Faiths with higher morals than some Catholics. Therefore, all people of all Faiths must unite and vote for candidates with conservative moral values. We are also looking for politicians who are not under the influence of special interests. These candidates must be willing to impose their strong moral values on others. The socialists and the liberals are not shy about forcing their beliefs on others. So then why should conservatives be shy about forcing their values on others?
What are the values you may ask? They can be summed up in the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy and the two commandments that Jesus gave us. Love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Until next time, Laus Tibi, Christe. Deo Gratias. Praise be to God. See you in Paradise.