Monthly Archives: July 2011

One Question for the Bishops About “Faithful Citizenship” in 2012

7-14-11 Posted by Admin in Blog, Elections 2 Comments
Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Advocate’s Deal Hudson & Matt Smith today released the following statement regarding the quadrennial Faithful Citizenship document:

Every four years the Catholic bishops publish a document entitled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” If tradition holds, a new version of “Faithful Citizenship” is due to be approved at the bishops’ annual Baltimore meeting in November.

We’re told that no substantial edits are being made to the 2008 version of the document, so that we can expect the 2012 version to be roughly the same as its predecessor.

If so, this is a problem and needs to be remedied. The 2008 version of “Faithful Citizenship” contains several passages (Sections 34-37) that are capable of overly broad interpretation. Groups like Catholics United and Catholic Democrats cherry-picked the following passage from Section 35 for prominent display on their web sites and in their printed materials.

“There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons.Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.” [emphasis added]. (more…)

The Washington Times

7-5-11 Posted by Admin in Blog, Elections 3 Comments
Illustration: Catholic vote by John Camejo for The Washington Times

HUDSON & SMITH: Catholic voters hold the power to change elections

Why they need a political ground game

Published by The Washington Times (Commentary Section) on July 5, 2011

It’s natural for Democrats to reach out to Catholic voters – they are found close at hand in urban centers and among the rank and file of our nation’s labor unions. The Democratic Party’s message to Catholics is dependably amplified by the media, friendly clergy and academics long aligned with the political left. The only political outreach to Catholics independent of the party machinery comes through fake Catholic groups funded by labor unions and George Soros-type donors.

The Ronald Reagan years taught Republicans the importance of reaching out to Catholics, but most GOP candidates and their operatives still need to be reminded. That Mass-attending Catholics are now naturally disposed toward the Republican Party is a fact that has never been fully embraced. John McCain’s 2008 campaign made a shallow attempt to lure the Catholic voters who had provided the winning margins for Republican presidential candidates in 1980, 1988, 2000 and 2004. (more…)

Duty of the Laity to Hold Officials Accountable for Same-Sex Votes in New York & Rhode Island

7-1-11 Posted by Admin in Blog, Marriage & the Family 0 Comments
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Last Friday night during his celebratory press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D, Catholic) said, “The legacy of this state is that we’re the progressive capital of this nation…That is the power and the beauty of New York. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.”

Well on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly adopted the “Empire State of Mind” by voting to allow civil unions for same-sex couples while granting the right of religious institutions to ignore its provisions.

The passage of Rhode Island’s language has sent waves through the Ocean State. As Bill Cosby once said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” (more…)