The Faithful Scribbler

A Catholic Mother In A Secular World

Catholic Voting

on October 29, 2012

Below you will find a letter from my pastor, to the congregation, as it appears in our local church bulletin.  (With a little digging, you can find out which prish the Scribblers attend, if you’re interested, which I’m sure you’re not!).

Election season is upon us, here in the US, and as Catholics, there are certain issues that are simply non-negotiable.  Please take a moment to pause and consider carefully your options.

**The Faithful Scribbler does not endorse any particular candidate, however, she does personally abhor any party or candidate in favor of the practice of abortion.  This reprehensible practice must be erradicated from our society.  The best way to do so is to love and educate those in favor of it, and to use your votes very very carefully, during this and all election seasons.

 

Dear Parishioners,

As we approach the election, please consider these words

of Archbishop Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and a former

Priest and Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. Here is the

first part of a homily he gave on October 14

 

th at the

Basilica in Baltimore:

On this beautiful autumn Sunday in which the Scripture

readings speak to us about the wisdom of God, we have

gathered from near and far on pilgrimage to this august

basilica, dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of

God, the Seat of Wisdom. With Mary’s loving

encouragement, we have come together to pray to the

Holy Spirit for an outpouring of divine wisdom and for

prudence, that we may have the understanding, the

creativity and the courage to defend the God-given gifts of

life and liberty in the context of our times. For some time

now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an

overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and

money, but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and

divine: a secularism that relentlessly seeks to marginalize

the place of faith in our society. In rejecting the wisdom of

religious faith, in seeking to contain and diminish it,

secularism has, at the same time, foolishly devalued

human life. When man and woman are no longer

perceived to be created in the image of God, then, sooner

or later, their lives and their liberties become dispensable.

Asserting its power over what reason, science and faith

tell us about the humanity of the unborn child, secular

culture for the past 40 years has assailed innocent human

life through abortion, made legal by the infamous 1973

Supreme Court decision

 

Roe v. Wade, a decision which

Justice Byron White called “an exercise of raw judicial

power.” Since then, over 50 million unborn children have

lost their lives through abortion, and now the secularist

assault on human life threatens the chronically and

terminally ill and the frail elderly by the promotion of

laws in various states to legalize physician-assisted

suicide. Human life is further undermined by the

dismantling of the most fundamental unit of society, the

family, by seeking to upend marriage as a God-given

institution that is

 

unique for a reason, namely, as a

relationship of love between one man and one woman

whereby children are welcomed into the world and

nurtured. All these things have been done in the name of

freedom of choice, the “right to choose.” It was said that

those who want an abortion should have the right to do so

and that such a choice would not affect those who

conscientiously object to abortion. But now that is

changing, and the HHS preventive-services rule is a

harbinger for that change. Increasingly, anti-life and antifamily

rules are being imposed on people of faith. Our

“right to choose”—our right to choose to practice the faith

we profess—a right guaranteed by the First Amendment—

seems to mean little or nothing to many who wield power.

As all of us know, the U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services issued a rule that will require most

private and religious employers to fund and facilitate

abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraception

against their convictions if they engage in hiring or offer

services deemed by the government to be “secular.”

Indeed, many of the secularist threats to religious liberty

seem to hinge on the Church’s teaching with regard to the

sanctity of human life—whether it’s the Church’s teaching

on the immorality of abortion or the obligation of couples

to be open to the gift of new human life or marriage as

between one man and one woman as

 

the unique

relationship that begets new human life and is meant to

be the matrix in which it is nurtured.

Please keep these issues in mind as you cast your ballots

on November 6

 

th. As Catholics, we are to be a leaven to

our culture. In defending Life, Religious Liberty, and

Marriage, we can be that leaven.

God bless,

 

Fr. LaHood

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