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fellow Roman Catholics,
upcoming presidential election is weighing heavily on my mind and probably on
yours as well. But recent events have pushed me past some “line in the
sand”, and I feel I have to do more than just vote. So I’m appealing to
my fellow Catholics!
and death moral issues are at stake in this election. Take, for instance,
elective abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
George Bush has the decency to recognize it is wrong for people to kill their
unborn children, and he has actively opposed such crimes against innocent
life. How has George Bush acted on his convictions? Two examples:
in 2001 he banned federal funding of stem cell research that would kill unborn children; he also
signed the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003.
I wish President Bush would achieve more success on these issues, but at least
he has been speaking and taking concrete action in the right direction.
Perhaps he thinks he’s doing everything he can, given the political climate.
candidate Senator John Kerry also says he believes that abortion is
wrong. He speaks passionately about his “Catholic faith”, and how he
believes “life does begin at conception”.
But throughout his service as a senator, he has consistently supported “a woman’s
right to choose” -a vile euphemism for license
to deliberately cause the death of a child! How can a man who believes
that life begins at conception and that abortion is wrong, argue that people
have a “right” to kill their own unborn children? Here’s how John Kerry
defends that position:
can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a
Protestant or a Jew or an atheist".
position is incoherent as well as evil. We’re not talking about forcing
people to accept Catholic theological beliefs. No, we’re talking about
the most important duty of civil society: to protect the basic human rights of
its members! And the first of these rights is Life, without which no
civil right has any value.
may feel he has ‘good reasons’ to steal a car, rape his neighbor, or murder a
business rival, but our nation has laws designed to protect its members against
those who would violate their basic rights. We don’t concern ourselves
with whether everyone agrees that theft, rape, and murder are intolerably
immoral. We simply prohibit these crimes, and punish those who commit
them. Anyone who thinks such crimes should be tolerated for the sake of
those who choose to commit them, is dangerously unfit to hold high public
office. John Kerry consistently has sided with those who refuse to
respect the self-evident, inalienable rights of the unborn.
Senator Kerry’s support of abortion, it’s not surprising that he also supports
research that kills unborn children while they are still embryos. He
endorses this because of the possibility that such research may lead to new
treatments of serious diseases. So, for John Kerry, it’s acceptable to
kill children if their death may someday provide someone else a cure.
This monstrous policy morally is similar to the death-dealing medical research
conducted by the Hitler regime. But Catholics know that a good goal
cannot justify evil means.
October 4, John Kerry said that President Bush “is making the wrong choice to
sacrifice science for extreme right-wing ideology”.
In case any Catholics hadn’t yet gotten the message, the senator now has made
unmistakably clear that he regards the moral teaching of his own Church as
“extreme right-wing ideology”. Obviously Catholics are extreme,
right-wing ideologues who believe science must not reduce persons to
objects. In the Kerry regime let
Christians be dismissed as extremists, let the defenseless be silenced, and let
science advance where it will without challenge.
will Catholics and other Christians of good will rise up and with one voice loudly
denounce elective abortion and the killing of human embryos for medical
research? When will we make it
stop? When will our nation hear the
voice of reason and decency rise from Christians and put a halt to the
profess to be Roman Catholic, but I know that just saying so doesn’t make me
Catholic. Being truly Catholic means believing and living the faith
handed down by Jesus Christ through His Apostles, as taught by the Pope and the
bishops in union with him. Anyone who knowingly rejects the doctrine of
the Church separates himself from the Church, and is mistaken or dishonest to
consider himself Catholic. That’s just the way it is.
Kerry is not Catholic in his beliefs or in his voting record. His
pretending to be a faithful Catholic while supporting intrinsically evil policies
is a scandal. Any Catholic who thinks he can legitimately support such a
candidate either is ignorant of the faith or not interested in living it.
Sean Patrick O’Malley, the bishop of Boston
and John Kerry’s own bishop, recently wrote:
have not said for whom I shall vote, but I will tell you for whom I will not
vote. I will not vote for any politician who will promote abortion or the
culture of death, no matter how appealing the rest of his or her program might
be. They are wolves in sheep’s garments, the K.K.K. without the sheets, and
sadly enough, they don’t even know it.”
also will not vote for John Kerry, and I encourage you to join other Catholics
in bringing a powerful message to the polls on election day:
“We will defend Life.
We will defend the defenseless.”