Catholics Should Lead Political Defense of Life and Marriage
Catholic Advocate was invited by the Faith & Freedom Coalition to host a panel on the Catholic vote at their Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing held June 3-4 in Washington, D.C. In addition to the panel, Catholic Advocate hosted a Mass on Saturday morning celebrated by Rev. William Gurnee of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and arranged for Rev. Jerry Pokorsky, pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Annandale, VA to offer the blessing at the banquet on Saturday evening.
Catholic News Agency has run several stories on our panel, the latest is linked below. What was not covered in the story was the reaction of conference attendees who immediately expressed their agreement with the main point of the presentation — that Catholics are increasingly frustrated with a lack of leadership on life and marriage issues.
Catholic Advocate is being told by Catholic voters that the 2012 election will be the most important election of their lives. As Deal Hudson said in the panel discussion, Catholics will be as interested in the “worldview” of the candidates as they are in their positions on particular issues. Positions taken by politicians on life, marriage, and family issues reveal much of what they believe about the purpose of life and its relationship to the Creator.
Catholics will be looking for candidates, both presidential and congressional, whose worldview has not been skewered by the radical and academic ideologies of the past forty years. The effort of the present administration, and its supporters in Congress, to create federal funding for abortion, to give up on the Defense of Marriage Act, to quash private industry through unnecessary regulation and oversight, all reflect a worldview out of sync with the average American and, especially, religiously active Catholics.
Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2011 / 03:05 am (CNA).- A panel discussion at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference and Strategy Briefing discussed Catholic action in defense of life and marriage ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Speakers urged Catholics to take leadership on these issues and to participate in the political process.
“Many Catholics are frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of intensity in Catholic leaders about the issue of abortion and same-sex marriage,” panelist Deal Hudson, president of Catholic Advocate, told attendees. “Some faithful Catholics become confused about the priority they give to life and marriage when they see so much energy being spent on other issues like immigration and universal health care.”
This “lack of leadership” on issues of life and marriage causes Catholics to join political groups that have no Catholic affiliation. However, this creates a vacuum in the Church which benefits a truncated idea of social justice “that has distanced itself from the protection of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn,” Hudson said.
The Faith & Freedom Coalition event took place June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.
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