Category Archives: How to Vote Catholic
Doug Kmiec was the leading Obama Catholic in the last presidential campaign. As a former dean of the Catholic University of America Law School and a Reagan appointee to the Justice Department, when Kmiec repeatedly called Obama “pro-life” in the 2008 presidential campaign he provided much needed Catholic cover for an infanticide supporter.
I found Kmiec’s support for Obama so outlandish I suggested publicly that he must be looking for an appointment. When Kmiec objected to my speculation, I had to admit I had no proof of his motivation. However, I once again expressed my wonderment that Kmiec could be putting his Catholic credibility on the line for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate of all time. (more…)
A few weeks ago Catholic Advocate noted the skewered approach to polling Catholics utilized by the Barna Group — “Another Lesson in Misunderstanding Catholic Voters” — an organization of highly respected pollsters in the Evangelical community. (more…)
Defense and Terrorism (Chapter X)
“Finally, the common good requires peace, that is, the stability and security of a just order. It presupposes that authority should ensure by morally acceptable means the security of society and its members. It is the basis of the right to legitimate personal and collective defense” (CCC 1909).
Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001 both terrorism and national defense have become leading issues before the American public. In response to that pre-meditated terrorist attack, our nation’s leadership reaffirmed its fundamental duty of defending the lives of all citizens. A nation’s self-defense is at the heart of seeking the common good. To achieve this goal, the military capacity of a nation should be at least equal to that of its enemy. (more…)
War (Chapter IX)
“All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war. However, as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed” (CCC 2308). (more…)
Calling itself “a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture,” The Barna Group just released what purports to be “Christian Preferences for the 2012 Republican Nomination.”
Barna’s polling of mainline Protestant, non-mainline Protestant (Evangelical), and Catholics is marked by an additional category called “Born again Christians.” These are defined not as people who describe themselves as “born again,” but as those “who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today, and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.” (more…)
The Death Penalty (Chapter VIII)
“Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor” (CCC 2267).
Capital punishment is probably the most misunderstood moral issue in the Catholic Church. This confusion stems from the change made in the Catechism in 1997 to bring the teaching into conformity with the encyclical Evangelium Vitae (1995). (more…)
Population (Chapter VII)
“Thus the Church condemns as a grave offense against human dignity and justice all those activities of governments or other public authorities which attempt to limit in any way the freedom of couples in deciding about children” (Familiaris Consortio, 30). (more…)
Bioethics (Chapter VI)
“[M]ethodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God” (CCC 159).
Bioethics has moved onto center stage in the arena of public policy and morality. The past few years have witnessed highly visible debates on human embryonic stem cell research and cloning. Since the future of such research has a direct impact on the life and death of human persons, it’s a life issue for all Catholics. (more…)
This coming November the Catholic bishops will approve a new version of their “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” document.
The 36-page statement on political responsibility was hotly debated at the bishops’ meeting in 2007, though only four bishops voted against it. At the time, Archbishop Raymond Burke made an impassioned plea for his fellow bishops to reconsider problematic sections of “Faithful Citizenship” to no avail. (more…)
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (Chapter V)
“Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator” (CCC 2324). (more…)