Reader Asserts: Democratic Party Is Aligned with Catholic Values

To CE Editors:

I am a long-time Catholic, and it saddens me to see Catholic organizations embracing a party that stands for everything traditional Catholics do not, such as bigotry, oppression of the poor and disabled, a war on human rights, deregulatory policies that have turned this country into a sleazy x-rated sideshow carnival on our airwaves, a disregard for public food and drug safety, disregard for the environment for the sake of industry campaign contributors, all for only one issue: abortion. The Democratic Party has always been a party more aligned with the values of traditional Catholics, so why are Catholic organizations encouraging others to embrace a party that has brought the world nothing but misery?

Name withheld at editor’s discretion.

Dear Reader:

First off, we don’t care about political parties and we aren’t embracing any [Footnote 1]. We care more about what is right than about who is right.

Second, how best to improve conditions for the poor, handle regulations about food, control the airwaves, or any other such “policy issues” are things that Catholics are allowed by Church teaching to disagree on. But abortion isn’t just one policy issue among many — it is murder; it is a Holocaust happening under our noses [Footnote 2]. Our position on it as Catholics is not negotiable — there is only one position on it and we are called by the Church to oppose it and every party, politician, and law that supports it, unequivocally, because failure to do so undermines and will ultimately — if not opposed — result in the destruction of civil society [Footnote 3].

Finally, a political party that favors abortion does not favor the poor for the unborn are the poorest among us, and the unborn of the poor are special targets of the abortion industry [Footnote 4]. It is not against bigotry because it denies the personhood of, and the protection of the law to, a class of human beings based solely upon their state of dependency and their stage of development. And it targets the offspring of minorities for its eugenic agenda of death [Footnote 5]. It does not favor the oppressed for no class of people is more oppressed in this country than the powerless unborn, who are slaughtered at the rate of 1,200,000 per year, 3,288 per day, 137 per hour, 1 every 26 seconds — over 48 million since 1973. It oppresses poor women by supporting funding for forced abortion and sterilization among the inhabitants of Third World countries and oppressing pregnant women in even wealthy countries by colluding in the coercion of them by boyfriends, family members, and even child rapists to kill their babies for convenience or even to cover up crimes.

A political party that favors abortion does not care about the disabled because it wages war against the disabled unborn. It does not care about drug safety because it supports the distribution of the very unsafe RU-486, a chemical cocktail used to cause abortion — which is not only unsafe obviously for unborn human beings, but is also very dangerous to the women who take it with numerous, serious, reported side effects (besides death).

curchflags.jpgIt does not care about human rights because it denies the most fundamental right — the right to life — to millions of Americans [Footnote 6]. It does not care about the human right to due process of law as it allows the unborn to have their home and life taken from them arbitrarily without any legal process [Footnote 7]. It does not care about the right of a person undergoing a medical procedure to have full and complete disclosure of all risks associated with the procedure as it blocks every attempt to give women complete information about the risks and possible consequences to them of abortion and to show them through ultrasounds the visual evidence of the unique humanity of their unborn children. It does not care about the human rights of freedom of conscience and religion of pharmacists who conscientiously object to being forced to be complicit in murder. It does not care about the human rights of parents to guide their underage offspring and seeks to undermine and override parents by obstructing parental consent laws regarding abortion.

Genuine care for the physical environment, if it is to be humane and not idolatrous, must emerge from a recognition that man is the crown of creation and its steward. The historical record bears out that only societies that have reached a certain level of development can afford to be environmentally conscious. Waging war on the unborn causes demographic contraction that shrinks the economy, reducing the resources available to deal with environmental issues. It also destroys the innovation and creativity that unborn humans being carry in their souls — gifts to all of humanity by their Creator — to the point of crushing small skulls and vacuuming out the very brains created to find solutions to the problems we complain about. A determination to destroy human life in the name of the environment could not be further from the Catholic understanding of man and creation.

A political party that favors abortion cannot possibly claim to care about sleaze on the airways because it has a record of obstructing legislation designed to fine purveyors of filth. It also has as one of its most avid supporters Planned Parenthood, which unceasingly targets the children of this country with pornography to sell them on sexual experimentation so that they will “need” the “[anti-]reproductive services” of this murderous company that through duplicity and manipulation sucks tax dollars with a gusto matched only by the rapacity with which it sucks the dismembered bits of unborn children from their mothers’ wombs.

In short, it is a travesty to say that a party that supports abortion is aligned with the values of traditional Catholics and what ought to really sadden you is that so many Catholics, for the sake of party loyalty, have become heartless toward the very least of Jesus’ brothers: the unborn humans awaiting at this moment the horror of unjust execution by the legal — thanks to the Democratic Party — destruction of their precious innocent lives.

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Footnote 1: From Living the Gospel of Life (US Bishops November 1998): “[W]e urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (34).

Footnote 2: This is clear from the Catechism:

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth .2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish .God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.2272 Formal co-operation in an abortion constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae‘ ‘by the very commission of the offence’, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

Footnote 3: Again from the Catechism:

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:

‘The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death. The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.’

Footnote 4: James R. (Ron) Weddington, one of the co-counsels for Roe v. Wade, the famous Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion as a “right” in the United States, wrote to president-elect Bill Clinton in 1992, advocating elimination of the lower class through birth control and abortion:

But you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m, not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies. There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited and… well… so Republican….

Condoms alone won’t do it. Depo-Provera, Norplant and the new birth control injection being developed in India are not a complete answer…. No, government is also going to have to provide vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortions… RU 486 and conventional abortions. Even if we make birth control as ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be unplanned pregnancies. There have been about 30 million abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade. Think of all the poverty, crime and misery… and then add 30 million unwanted babies to the scenario… We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies. (James R. (Ron) Weddington, Letter to President-elect Bill Clinton, January 6, 1992).

Footnote 5: In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born. A black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined. Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history. Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. About 13 percent of American women are black, but they submit to over 35 percent of the abortions (for more on the abortion industry’s genocidal agenda against black Americans visit BlackGenocide.org).

Footnote 6: From Living the Gospel of Life (US Bishops November 1998): “Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues…. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community” (23).

Footnote 7: Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause reads: “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”

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  • SolaGratia

    Very well said, Mary Kochan! The Republican Party is certainly flawed & we must continue to fight for improvements (& against the pro-abort faction trying to remove the party’s pro-life plank again), but the Democratic Party has totally hopped off the trolley.

    It’s like I tell my kids – if you say ‘I love you’, but your actions don’t match, then your love isn’t real. The Democrats say they care about “the little people”, but their actions show that they have no concern at all for the littlest people.

  • deirdrew

    The Democrat party has sadly become the pro-death party. Who is supporting the Dems these days? The super super rich and powerful. It is shocking that pro-life and Catholic people are still numb to what is happening to the core of that party. At least some Dems used to be pro-life. More and more pro-life people are being pushed out. I’d be happy to be a dem, if it was a pro-life party. God save us.

  • Claire

    Very true. Abortion has to be the #1 issue when selecting a candidate. All other issues are secondary.

  • slbute

    I know of people who are Dems and would pull the lever if Hitler was their guy. Sad. Very Sad.

  • steve p

    Go get ‘em Mary!

  • http://www.equipthechurchmilitant.org troymartz

    I too am a long-time Catholic (20 years this month), and one of the reasons I became Catholic is the Church’s unrelenting support for the unborn and the poor. What saddens me is the absolute ignorance that passes for political awareness — Catholics are also called to be responsible citizens and this includes being informed voters.

    Unfortunately, our “Catholic” letter writer seems comfortable with not only abortion but spreading of lies and scandal without the slightest shred of evidence. the writer claims that the Republicans “stand for everything traditional Catholics do not such as:
    1. bigotry
    2. oppression of the poor and disabled
    3. a war on human rights
    4. deregulatory policies that have turned this country into a sleazy x-rated sideshow carnival on our airwaves
    5. a disregard for public food and drug safety
    6. disregard for the environment for the sake of industry campaign contributors

    Not only is this untrue, but the opposite of the truth for anyone who cares to seek truth. While the Republicans are certainly not perfect, they have a history that is worthy of pride on all these issues:
    1. Bigotry: The Republican Party was founded by Lincoln who ended slavery. A greater percentage of Republicans supported the Civil Rights Act than Democrats.
    2. Oppression of the Poor and Disabled: Who is it that promotes abortion in poor neighborhoods and the killing of Downs Syndrome and other disabled children before they are born?
    3. War on human rights: Just a slogan without evidence. By the way, ask the people in Afganistan if they have more human rights now or before liberation. The situation is still difficult but definitively heading in the right direction. Girls are no longer beaten or murdered BY THE GOVERNMENT for going to school or learning to read!
    4. Sleazy Airwaves: I have only one thing to say — ACLU
    5. Disregard for Food and Drug safety: While this charge is unfounded, I would say that the excessive regulation has kept food and drug prices higher than necessary — hurting the poor and elderly especially and keeping vital drugs away from the sick and dying.
    6. Disregard for environment: Look at the world today, the only countries that actually care for the environment are those who have thriving mature industries and enough national wealth to spend on such concerns.

    The biggest difference is that Republicans see Democratic policies as wrong headed and counterproductive while Democrats (including this “Catholic”) label Republicans as evil and intentionally destructive.

  • http://stblogsparish.com JohnBowden

    I’ve been a registered Democrat for more than 40 years. I can still remember a time when I was proud to be a Democrat. I can also remember the time when I finally realized that the voice of that Party had changed. For years now I haven’t voted based on party but cast my vote based on the principles that stand in the record of the candidate. Ignore the pre-election speeches of Presidential candidates and look at their past records. Remember that no matter who is elected President and no matter what they’ve promised they still aren’t in absolute power and must work with the legislative and judicial branches of government to get things done. Ours is a fragile line between democracy and something else but if democracy is preserved it will be as the result of the will of the people. If we have no will, we will eventually have no democracy.

  • Grace Harman

    And still there are Dem’s who claim to be GOOD Catholics??? And “Christians” who would vote for Obama and local Democrats -who support this same agenda of death for the Black babies and the poor??? No, the Party has sold its very soul to SATAN for money and power.
    We also need to pray that many eyes will be opened to the truth about the evil and lies behind the “sex education” agenda in our schools, as well as the evil of abortion on demand. God wants Purity not promiscuity, And respect for All human life -from conception to natural death. Wake up America!

  • Francis

    You CANNOT be Catholic and Pro-Choice!(Pro-Abortion in reality!)

  • James A Gallagher

    The sexual revolution is Satan’s weapon of mass destruction, and abortion is its logical conclusion. Praise the Lord. The voice of His grace trumps all. Open OUR lips, O Lord, that we may announce Thy praise. Mary, God bless you!

  • jim8107

    Is this a reader writing a letter, or is it just the Dems Catholic Outreahc “talking points.” Way to go Mary.

  • joanspage

    Onm isue politics faild every time. Many Catholics say abortions must be outlawed before we tackle o0ther issues. But this hasn’t worked. We had a GOP President, Vongress and Court fot six yeats and nothing changed to haALT ABORTIONS.

    The reader’s issues cannot wait. They mnust be addresed while we fight abiortion/ Both parties are flawed, very flawed. I don’t wish to see either become the oficial party of Our Church.

  • siobhan32

    I did not abandon the Democratic Party, they abandoned me when they because pro-death, excuse me, pro-abortion! Excellent rebuttal Mary! I felt the fire!
    Siobhan

  • celothriel

    Excellent, excellent article. Sad that many people do not grasp the point that Mary makes so clearly, which is that there are policy points about which we can legitimately disagree, and there are intrinsic evils such as abortion, about which there can be no disagreement for a faithful Catholic.

    For those who still believe that the Democratic party is the party of the poor and downtrodden, I would challenge you to read “Who Really Cares” by Arthur C. Brooks.

  • yblegen

    Thank you, Mary, for laying out the facts. I plan to share this with as many as will be open to read it.

  • mkochan

    This was a real letter.

    Joanspage, yes, both parties are flawed, but one is fatally flawed because it is the party of the the culture of death. You are so wrong when you say that the GOP president did nothing to halt abortions — you are simply unaware of all the initiatives that this president and his party have put forward eliminating/blocking funding for abortion both domestically and overseas and putting justices on the SCOTUS who are turning the judicial tide. Please learn more about how our system of government works and the various powers of the various branches. Read more about what is actually going on. The Democratic party is thriving on your ignorance.

    Besides, we need the Catholic Democrats in the Republican party. We have too many Republicans who vote their pocketbook over principle and who really are not pro-life from the heart, even though they may make pro-life noises around election time.

    No one is even saying that the “reader’s issues must wait;” no one is saying that we must not also address health care, education, energy, immigration,etc. at the same time. We don’t have a choice about that because all those things are current and pressing and actions are constantly being proposed, debated, and voted upon about all these other things. Besides it is obvious that the GOP candidate for president and GOP candidates down-ticket as well ARE addressing all those things. So that argument is simply a bogus excuse to ignore the Holocaust of abortion, because we “have to do this other stuff.” The fact is that it is the Democrats who are “one issue” voters; they are dedicated to ignoring the “one issue” of abortion.

  • kaylancor

    The Democrat party does sympathize with the plight of the poor and does encourage neighbor to look out for neighbor regarding programs that help those in need but that is as far as they go regarding goodness. I hate a lot of the things the Republican party is usually associated with, such as support for big business but the Democrat party has sided with ABORTION and GAY MARRIAGE, which are two of the biggest evils of our time. One regarding against life itself, from the unborn, to the disabled and to the rights of the elderly but also against traditional marriage which is the foundation of Catholic spiritual life. As Catholics we look to the Holy Family and the Holy Family symbolizes traditional marriage and LIFE. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE. Sadly, I cannot vote Democrat anymore even though I, too, am against the war in Iraq and believe in welfare programs for those who are needy. Instead, I have to vote according to conscious on matters related to life. And millions of unborn children have lost their life and continue to do so on a genocide scale in this country and it needs to be stopped. Roe vs Wade needs to be overturned (even the lady who brought all this to court from the beginning is pro-life now!) and a marriage amendment needs to be placed so that states can’t make up their own laws regarding what a family is. God already made that decision and our Faith tells us so. :)

  • mkochan

    kaylancor, I dispute this notion that the “Democrat party does sympathize with the plight of the poor and does encourage neighbor to look out for neighbor regarding programs that help those in need.” Welfare reform did more than anything to lift families out of poverty and it was opposed by the the Dems with every ounce of political muscle they could muster — finally the (heartless) Republicans got enough votes to get it done and then Clinton claimed it as his own.

    I remind you that it is Republicans who favor and Democrats who oppose school vouchers which would do more than anything to lift the prospects of the poor by letting their children have the same opportunities for a good education that the children of the wealthy (like Barak Obama) enjoy. Democratic politicians think the public school are good enough for your kids, but not for theirs.

    The research of the book, Who Really Cares, mentioned above found that Republicans greatly exceed Democrats when it comes to charitable giving.

    The book includes a “charity map” of the United States that closely resembles the now-famous electoral map showing blue and red states. Of the 25 states that donated a portion of household income above the national average in 2001, 24 gave a majority of votes to President Bush three years later. This is largly due to the fact that relgious people tend to be conservative and religious people tend to give more to charity, but it also has to do with how you think problems in society should be solved. People who think that the government should be in the business of redistributing wealth tend not to feel such a sense of personal obligation to care for their neighbors.

    See, it is charity when you decide to reach into your own pocket to give your own money; it is NOT CHARITY when you decide to reach into somebody else’s pocket to give his money away. A lot of Catholics are confused by this. They think they have fullfilled their charitable obligation by voting for the government to take somebody else’s money and use it for a government program to “help the poor” and once having done so, they are immune to any consideration of the facts of whether poverty was actually reduced or not. The fact that a political party that relies on the votes of the poor, gotten by promises to the poor, might actually have a reason to want to keep people poor never occurs to them, because they have been brainwashed to think the very mouthing of the words “charity” and “compassion” are some kind of enchantment against the tempation to power.

    And as for caring for our neighbors goes, well, the unborn are our neighbors, too!

  • http://privilegedwhitemales.blogspot.com/ jackster

    Thank you Mary for this excellent summary of truth. It is thorough, concise and well-written. I have added this article to my “favorites” and will be sending the link to more than a few people.

  • Lucky Mom of 7

    Mary,

    I’ve disagreed with a lot of things you’ve written, mainly your comments to other readers and on the forums. I have to hand it you on this one, though. This is a masterpiece. Congratulations.

    You inspired me and I called the local university. There is NO pro-life organization on campus here. I was stunned. This area is overwhelmingly Catholic. I joined Feminists for Life about a year ago and I wanted to collaborate with the existing pro-life club at the local university. Turns out I have more work ahead of me than I had originally anticipated. Fortunately my two teens are already pro-life activists. I know they’ll be enthusiastic about helping.

    Thank you, Mary. Well done.

    Lucky

  • mkochan

    Lucky, I am chastened to think you have disagreeed with me so much. I find I nearly always agree with you!

  • mkochan

    Here’s something else the Dems will be sure to oppose (note copied from American Life League press release):

    The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a rule that defines abortion to include birth control that prevents implantation, according to the New York Times. The federal proposal also reportedly expresses concern about state laws that require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to victims of rape.

    “We’re pleased the Bush administration has finally acted on truth,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “Birth control very often causes abortion – period. The medical community has known for a long time and the government is just now admitting it. We hope this 11th-hour consideration puts a new consciousness in the American people – the pill kills.”

    The proposal protects pro-life medical workers from discrimination and ensures their freedom of conscience to refuse to participate in any activity that could result in an abortion.

    It would guarantee that healthcare facilities receiving federal government aid will not refuse to hire employees who object to abortion and birth control.

    The document goes on to identify abortifacient birth control as the following.

    “Any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”

    Brown commended the proposed regulations for acknowledging that preborn babies are dying before implantation.

    “It is an admission that could have set the standard for everything the Bush administration has been doing for the past eight years,” Brown said. “We hope this sets a precedent for further protection of preborn persons.”

  • mkochan

    Oh, they already are opposing it. Associated Press is reporting:

    Health Proposal Rankles Democrats
    17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that the Bush administration is considering a new federal rule that would withhold government funding from health care providers and organizations that refuse to hire workers who won’t perform abortions or provide emergency contraception.

    Federal law already prohibits discriminating against any individual or institution that refuses to perform abortions or provide a referral for one. The Health and Human Services Department is considering requiring health care providers and organizations to certify their compliance with the law.

    The problem, lawmakers and abortion rights groups said, is that the document defines abortion as including the administration of certain contraceptives; namely, the morning-after pill. If the rule took effect, facilities would be compelled to employ workers unwilling to perform everyday job duties, lawmakers said.

    “If the administration goes through with this draft proposal, it will launch a dangerous assault on women’s health,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    The 39-page document circulating on Capitol Hill was labeled as a draft and a proposed rule. HHS officials issued a statement on the proposal, but they provided little detail about its status.

    “Over the past three decades, Congress has passed several anti-discrimination laws to protect institutional and individual health care providers participating in federal programs,” the statement said. “HHS has an obligation to enforce these laws, and is exploring a number of options.”

  • kc

    Don’t forget the important point that those who see abortion as “just one issue” miss the fact that those who support it invariably support an entire host of other “issues” related. Most every strong public supporter of abortion will also support widespread contraception, gay “marriage,” no-fault divorce, stem-cell research. (While you will find those who oppose abortion often are contracepting themselves, but I find they are far more open to arguements about the ill-effects of contraception on society.)

    Those who are simply uncomfortable about abortion or “personally opposed” might feel better because they recognize some moral weight on the issue, but really, their lukewarmness enables these public figures to advance destructive policies.

    Abortion, actually, is a consequence, not an “issue.” It is a consequence of a twisted thinking about the truth of how Nature (or Nature’s God) has designed the human family and human sexuality. And when you get that wrong, you get a host of things wrong that will ultimately undermine everyone in your society… one issue at a time, until they all converge… as they are currently doing.

  • mkochan

    Oh and this is the best yet, Lifesitenews is reporting “Planned Parenthood in Hysterics over Bush Memo Defining Abortifacient Contraception as Abortion” because they are claiming on their website that:

    1. “The rule would also require entities that receive family planning funding, like Planned Parenthood, to certify that we will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.”

    2. “crisis pregnancy centers” run by “anti-choice zealots” will “receive a massive influx of our tax dollars to expand their deceptive operations and to attract hundreds of thousands of women who think they’ll be getting medical care but instead will receive a large dose of anti-choice ideology.”

    So let’s hear from Catholic Democrats who would like to see these policies overthrown — as Barack Obama would be sure to do.

  • hanley18106

    Wow! I haven’t read through all the responses, but I predicted this one would get everyone fired up. Here’s my two-cents worth…while the Republican party for now recognizes and tries to fight the evil of abortion, I can’t help but wonder how long that will be the case because what the typical Catholic cannot seem to grasp is the fact that abortion will continue to be around as long as the people think contraception is perfectly moral. Where there is contraception, there must be abortion. Of course the wider and more pervasive problem is the turning away of the people from God, and neither party has the answer for that…only the Catholic Church who constantly and gently (sometimes too gently if you ask me) calls us to prayer and repentance and turning our hearts back to God. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties will someday fade away, but God will always be there for us. To paraphrase Hal Moore (of “We Were Soldiers”) who was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on EWTN: May we all live our lives so we can make the final cut (and get into heaven)!

  • Lucky Mom of 7

    Mary!

    I hardly ever post! That makes me ever-so-agreeable. :0)

    Funny.

    Lucky

  • Claire

    I agree with Joanspage that both parties are flawed, and I don’t want to see one party become the official party of the Catholic Church. However, while I used to agree with her view about single-issue voting, I have since come to realize that abortion is in a league all its own, and it is the bottom line every time I vote.

  • mkochan

    Absolutely true Hanley — the party is a tool and really deserves no “loyalty” as such — although individual people within it may prove to deserve loyalty as a function of friendship. The party is a tool and a dangerous tool,too, since it can be used by those whose interest is purely power. There are too many of those in both parties. But right now the only possible political tool for ending legal abortion in the US is the Republican party. That doesn’t mean that other non-political tools are not important. Ultimately we will have to change hearts, too. But the Church says that a society MUST give the unborn the protection of law as a matter of fundamental justice. So fundamental in fact that without it, civil society itself is imperiled.

  • Lucky Mom of 7

    I don’t know that the intent of this article was to argue one party versus another or even the evils of abortion. It was rather, I believe, to demonstrate that the Democratic Party’s ideology is essentially anti-Catholic. Therefore it’s only logical that CE doesn’t feature Dem ideology on this website.

    I know a lot of people who will vigorously argue a pro-life agenda, but how many of us actually DO anything? Mary, hats off to you for using your talents to educate and inspire. For the rest of us just here reading and spouting, let’s log off the computer for 15 minutes and give the time to a pro-life cause today. Then we can come back to reading and spouting. ;)

    Lucky

  • dennisofraleigh

    Wonderful article, Mary.

    Your anonymous protagonist sounds like he’s taking a page right out of Jim Wallis’ book “God’s Politics” in which Chritian “values” are presented on a kind of one-dimensional canvas, all moral issues having pretty much the same value (environmental issues=poverty issues=life issues=sexism, etc. etc.), except Wallis himself is not faithful to his own notion of Christian “morality.”

    Not surprisingly, like the author of the post you quote from, Jim Wallis also sees the Iraq war as the biggest, most aggregious and immediate moral problem, while on the other hand oh yeah, abortion is kinda bad and we shouldn’t support it, and blah, blah, blah, but those murderous, treacherous, greedy, oppressive, warmongering Republicans…and for the next 70+ tedious pages Wallis proceeds to catalogue every perceived social sin after social sin imaginable allegedly committed by the current Republican administration.

    What does this Wallis disciple, who has such a problem with the *Republican* party (the “nothing-but-misery” party), make of the *other* party that is *on record* as defending the defense and funding of abortion-on-demand that results in the execution of hundreds of thousands of innocent unborn American children every year. That isn’t “misery?” That social “crime” is no small thing. We hanged war criminals at Nuremburg and Tokyo for much lesser outrages.

    Truth be told, abortion is actually a major *contributor* to poverty, not the supposed “answer” to a crisis pregnancy. Abortion irreparably rapes the soul of the one who has undergone the procedure, resulting very often in profound psychic disruption that manifests itself in substance abuse, self-hate, child abuse (of children born *after* an abortion), suicide, and a better than even chance the next baby born will be a preemie and in need of *very* expensive post-natal care. There is now an epidemic of premature birth in this country that over 60 studies have conclusively shown can be traced to the fact that the mother had one of her previous babies aborted.

    If that weren’t outrageous enough, this *same party* has also gone on record as supporting the funding, with taxpayer dollars, of the imposition of such barbarism on additional tens of thousands of poor women around the world, under the guise of promoting “reproductive health” and “family planning.”

    Misery, indeed!

  • http://www.rosaryarmy.com Mickey Addison

    Well done, Mary.

    I hasten to add that we shouldn’t fall into the trap of assuming that because I oppose the Dems on principle, I’m a shill for the Republicans. Catholic Dems often use that tactic to shut down debate…it is possible, even necessary, to point out the shortcomings of one political party without campaigning for another.

  • qhrpfu

    Mary, your star is shining brightly this day! Thank you for the beautiful and clear and heroic defense of the truth and of those who support it. Never better. I have been noticing that the Catholic websites seem to be invaded of late by those who are pushing an anti-Catholic agenda, as if to silence us, and demoralize us into accepting the indefensible with “everybody sins” type logic. At best, this emailer is a hypocrite of breath-taking proportions.
    Back when Clinton was running the first time, in the fall, my family, historically independents, had a visit from some aunts and uncles on the Irish side of the family, all of whom were Democrats. At a formal dinner in the dining room, one of my aunts declared that she was one of many, many pro-life Democrats in the party after someone had mentioned what a shame it was that Gov. Casey of PA was not allowed to speak at the convention. After a stunned silence at the table, there was some polite rejoinders made as if one were speaking to the innocently uninformed and ignorant, to the effect that Clinton had promised to push abortion even further than had been done to date and to reverse by executive order all the Reagan policies affecting the issue. To which she insisted that there were many active pro-life Democrats in the party, and that Clinton would never do that. Again stunned silence. But I had had enough. At the risk of a family row, I looked my aunt in the eye, and said “If there are any amount of truly pro-life Democrats left who are active, it is the best kept secret in the country!” I then went on to list some of the obvious evidence of their lack of action within their party. I never heard from her when on inauguration day, Clinton went straight from the podium to a table inside to sign no less than five executive orders affecting government policy on abortion, the picture of which was in every newspaper the next day. Absent were the screams and protests of the many pro-life Democrats.
    Your statements should be read from every pulpit in America.

  • irish_2171

    Way to go Mary Kochan! That is the best article I have read in a long, long, time on this issue. I agree 100%, who cares about political parties? They are a bunch of parasites feeding on whomever gives them the best opportunity to be elected. They don’t care about the issues, they care about getting elected and receiving all of the material things that go along with it. Call the party whatever you want…..the point is NO ABORTION. End of story. Bravo for saying what is right!

  • Ken.Jones

    My Lord, Mary, what a gift to us you are. Today you were exactly where you needed to be.
    Ken

  • janemartin

    Thank you Mary for articulating the truth with boldness and precision.

    Friends who are looking for a concrete way to support life and “do” something can check The 40 Days for Life website to find local campaigns that involve prayer, fasting and vigils at abortuaries.

    http://www.40daysforlife.com

    Peace

  • jamespereira

    Superb educational piece, Mary. Very succinct.

  • PattyK

    WOOOOO HOOOO! YOU GO, GIRL!!!! Mary, that was phenomenal and right on target with facts and truth!

  • MICHAEL

    On the principle issue of life, the Democrat party is in direct opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church. Mr. Obama even supports partial birth abortion. Mr. McCain is a bit better in that he wants to give the abortion decision back to individual states and he has made statements to indicate he is aginst abortion.

    I think the more overarching and longer term solutions are not in the national elections, but first in our local communities. We need to make our voices heard at the local level-town, city, school district. Let’s make our voice heard here and then move onto to the state and national levels. If local state board of health’s or local town zoning boards knew that the community were against abortion clinics they could create all sorts of road blocks administratuvely. All politics is local and this is where we need to focus first.

    We need to re-convert this country, but that conversion will only happen when we first convert ourselves and our families through prayer, fasting and following all the Commandments.

  • Carino

    Once upon a time both political parties endorsed various racist policies as did the majority of the culture. In the course of time, both political parties gave up racist policies as did every other relevant public institution. (For the record it was the republican party who pushed for abandoning institutionalized racism and slavery, but not without pressure from the culture.)

    Today, with the issue of abortion, we are in the midst of a similar kind of cultural shift. But public policy prohibiting abortion will not meet with success unless it is widely supported by the whole culture…that is all the people. Eventually, in the course of time, almost everybody will be pro-life. Just like today, almost everyone is against racism and the laws prohibiting it are supported. Yes, it still occurs, but it is not supported by law or culture. That was not true in the middle of the last century.

    ONE PARTY IS NOT ENOUGH.

    Someday both parties will be prolife…then we can discuss the pros and cons of raising or eliminating the minimum wage and other such triviality that oppress so many. Until then we need to be working on our culture and ALL our leaders wherever and whoever they may be to end this holocaust of abortion.

  • terrygeorge

    WELL DONE MARY!!!
    EXCELLENT, I can’t even keep up with all the posts
    tg

  • http://www.a--optic.com Catholic Chump

    Editors:
    I do agree that many of the points raised in this post are anti-catholic. I will disagree that either party is by any means pro-catholic in their ideology. For example, the republican party has been pro-death penalty for a long time. In the end, we have to vote not on party lines, but by weighing the issues against each other and figuring out who has more pros than cons. Ron Paul was the only candidate that held our catholic ideology in every aspect (too bad he did not win the primaries). I think for CE to declare one party over the another is a bad move. Each party has its cons, but you vote on the person not the party. We are getting into party politics and not researching the issues of the individual. People need to learn, to look past the party, and whatever the party for the most part may or may not stand for, but instead look at the individual. If we start looking at only the person early on; we may actually have two candidates that represent our catholic ideology.When that would happen then we can then decide on lesser things like how to direct the economy.

    Catholic Chump
    http://www.a–optic.com/

  • mkochan

    Once again kids, let’s rehearse:

    The death penalty is not an intrinsic evil.

    Abortion is an intrinsic evil.

    They are not comparable.

    We can discuss whether or not to apply the death penalty and under what conditions it can be applied or should not be applied.

    We do not have that discussion about abortion.

    Now everyone who still thinks that the execution of a convicted murderer is the moral equivalent of tearing an innocent baby from its mother’s womb, please find the passage in the catechism where it says that “since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every death penalty execution.

    Please locate the passage that says that the death penalty is gravely contrary to the moral law.

    Please find where it says that the death penalty is an abominable crime.

    Please find where it says that “Formal co-operation in a death penalty execution constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.”

    Please find where it says that “a person who executes a convicted criminal incurs excommunication latae sententiae.

  • BH

    The anonymous author of this letter wrote: “The Democratic Party has always been a party more aligned with the values of traditional Catholics.” Oh, really? A brief glance at the History books shows that the Democratic Party, to name but a few examples, is:

    -The party of the most inhuman, cruel practice of slavery in all History
    -The party of the racist Jim Crow laws, effectively extending slavery well into the 20th century
    -The party of the tactical use of terrorism in the 2nd world war, killing 100s of thousands of civilians by fire bombing in order to demoralize the populations of Germany and Japan.
    -The party of the only use of nuclear weapons against civilian populations in History
    -The party of Japanese internment, 3/4ths of whom were naturalized American citizens (born here).
    -The party who brought us the Vietnam war.

    This is the Party that has always been more aligned with traditional Catholic values? This should not be taken as a defense of the Republican party. Personally, the only candidate I found morally acceptable was Ron Paul, who was ignored to death. And he is about as far out of the modern Republican mainstream as it is possible to be. But to proclaim that the Democratic party has “always been a party more aligned with the values of traditional Catholics” is to proclaim an invincible ignorance of History.

    The first “Progressives” were, for the most part, Republicans. They pushed for token reforms, in order to prevent truly meaningful reforms that would have been in line with actual Church teaching; Teddy Roosevelt persuaded business leaders to go along with his “progressive” initiatives in order to preempt the radical movements of the time, and so was correct in saying the “Progressive” movement was, at its heart, truly conservative. Today, the Democratic party claims to have taken the Progressive mantel from the Republicans of the early 20th century. While the motivation of the earlier progressives was to forstall more radical reform, is the motive of modern Progressives any better? Is anyone so
    naive as to think the modern Progressives who lead the Democratic party actually care about social justice? Early Progressives gave lip service to social justice in order to protect the status quo, today, they promote their
    reforms in order to buy the votes needed to maintain the power and position of their elite – the power to keep the lower elements of society under control – and preferably sterilized. Barring sterilization, murdering the unborn,
    especially of the poor, is sufficient to keep their numbers down. How all of these facts make the Democratic party more aligned with the values of traditional Catholics is an absolute mystery to me. Oh, I am sure their are many
    foot soldiers espousing Progressive causes who actually have good intentions. But the leadership is utterly corrupt; the Progressive movement has always been about keeping the poor and downtrodden in their proper place. And what better way to accomplish the boot on their face than to limit their birth rate?

  • irish_2171

    Catholic Chump,

    One of your posts above says “I do agree that many of the points raised in this post are anti-Catholic.” What do you mean by this? It made me wonder, so I went back and reviewed the posts. I don’t think I found any that were anti-Catholic. Did you mean anti-Democratic?

  • irish_2171

    Catholic Chump,

    PS: Your same post says that CE is declaring one party over another. Where does CE’s post say that they were supporting one party over another? I think they are simply offering Catholic rebuttal to the reader’s article.

  • DonHudzinski

    Following the money trail, we find that abortion leads to more divorces, and that means more money for divorce lawers, who are a prime source of money for the Democratic party. The party that put divorce on the books, so that they as the lawers could make more money. These people are money hunger socalist.

  • http://www.a--optic.com Catholic Chump

    mkochan: The Ten Commandments. Also look at the following articles that point that the church is agianst all forms of death:
    http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/SFS/an1000.asp
    http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Apr1999/feature1.asp#F6 (JP2)
    mkochan I can find many things about abortion and the death penalty both evil and morally wrong. In many cases death penalty is out of revenge not love as jesus teaches.

    irish_2171:
    Comment #1: No I think I was not as clear as I thought I was saying that I agree with CE’s post and the points raised (the points they defended) to be anti-catholic. I think you thought I was saying other comment posts … i think I was not too clear sorry about that.
    Comment #2: It is implied within the post and many other posts I have seen on this website.

    In general I think people are rationalizing parities. Irish_2171 I was speaking about being anti-democratic or anti-republican. As Catholics we should be voting on the individual merits and not what party they belong too. I thought that was very clear in my comment.

    mkochan: One last thing, lets rehearse: the pope is our shepard on earth and has stressed that death in any form is against the church focus on life. I think you also are hitting only on one point made in my comment. Since,it was just used as an example that no party has the same view of the world like us Catholics.

    Catholic Chump
    http:/a–optic.com

  • mkochan

    chump, the death panalty is not intrinsically evil. Sorry, but it is church teaching thatthe death penalty may be applied in some cases. It is not Church teaching that all applications of the dp in the past were grave moral wrong. The Church and the pope do not use the same moral language about the dp as they do for abortion.

    I’m not defending the dp or the way it is applied in this country. I am simply saying that no one could ever make the case that it is just as bad to vote for a R. candidate who supports the dp as to vote for a D. candidate who supports abortion.

    That being said — yes you are correct that this country has no “Catholic” party in the sense that there is a party whose platform is molded on Church social teaching.

    But in a way, that is beside the point. The point is that while we don’t have any party that is molded on Church social teaching, WE DO have a party that has created a platform to support everything that the Catholic Church teaches is a grave moral wrong and threat to civil order. It supports “gay marraige”, gay adoption, embryonic stem cell research, pornography, euthanasia, and abortion. We need to worry a lot more about stopping those things than about ending the dp right now.

    But please don’t try to use the Ten Commandments against the dp – it does not apply. The command is against murder and the dp is not murder. It has never, and is not even now, by the Church defined as murder. In fact the Church has very specifically said in the past that state officials who participate in a lawful execution ARE NOT guilty of violating the commandment against murder any more than is a soldier.

  • Loretta

    My prayer is (well, one of them) is that many people choose to abandon the party-line voting. I, for one, decided to de-affiliate myself with either the Dems or the Repubs. Here, I can declare myself “undefined” (as opposed to “independent”). The more people that do this, the less powerful each party will be, and there will be more chances of a non-party candidate.

    I am dumbfounded to see how many people vote a certain party just because their parents/grandparents did.

    I am also dumbfounded to see that many people do not get this simple connection:
    If you are unwilling and unable to defend the most innocent (the unborn), then you CANNOT convince me that you are willing and able to defend the sick, the poor, and the average American.

  • http://www.a--optic.com Catholic Chump

    Mary,
    My own conviction tells me that all forms of death are wrong. Death cannot be corrected many die innocently. As for “gay marriage”, gay adoption, embryonic stem cell research, and pornography they all are wrong, but can be corrected in may cases by correcting society not legislating (well maybe not all the time ). The difference is a innocent life that is on death row that will be killed and not saved by the grace of god is also a large injustice. To think maybe they could have been saved wither they committed the act or not. The same can be thought with euthanasia. I feel our number one priority is to end the culture of death. Some things like the DP may not be in the Bible/Catechism, but the culture of death may be causing all of this indirectly read more into JP2. His priority was to stop the culture of death that includes abortion, death penalty and euthanasia.

    As you said, “I am simply saying that no one could ever make the case that it is just as bad to vote for a R. candidate who supports the dp as to vote for a D. candidate who supports abortion.” I believe they both are wrong and I would look at other issues at that point or if they are still in the primaries a new candidate from either party. Such as Ron Paul that is against both. To me we should focus on a society that embraces life not death in any form.

    The only thing I want people to do is vote not on the party, but on the individual. A Democrat may have more pluses than a Republican and vis versa, look it is sad very sad only one candidate in the primaries of either party had ALL of values we hold dear, Ron Paul. We need to stand up and vote for these people because we today have two candidates that I think we all can agree are not even 70% winners.

    In the end I think we may disagree on priorities, but we all follow the same path. I am still glad that we can talk about this freely. God Bless America.

    Catholic Chump
    http://www.a–optic.com

  • mkochan

    Well for one thing your feeling that they are both wrong does not constitute Catholic moral theology any more than someone’s feeling that gay marriage is ok. The fact is that in Catholic moral theology they are not the same: one is intrinsically evil; the other is not. Feel away all you like. I will be prefectly happy to seek the end of the dp after abortion is ended.

    This notion of vote for the person, not the party, simply shows a lack of understanding of the way our system works and the current status of party politics in the US. Voting for a person of any party strengthens that party regardless of that person’s own views. Pro-life Dems are completely shut out of influencing their party platform right now and have been for about 20 years. Their party is alos dedicated to the judicial usurpation of power that led to Roe v. Wade and to making sure it does not get overtunred.

  • Claire

    I’m not a proponent of the death penalty (except for in cases where it is the only way to protect innocent people). However, the death penalty is not in the same league as abortion, which ends life at its most innocent stage. We have a Magesterium for a reason, because individual feelings and opinions are unreliable for issues which demand a definitive doctrine.

  • kent4jmj

    Mary,
    The Orthodoxy of your faith in the article above is impeccable. Therefor I believe the arguments you use coming from the Truths of our Faith possess clarity and a robust strength invigorating and uplifting.

    It is clear to many that both parties have serious moral deficiencies. Very serious. There is enough hard factual evidence to to convict both parties in many areas. What is not always apparent is there collusion on many issues. Take the FISA fiasco for one. Or the democratic flip flopping on the war for another. Both parties are all too often different sides of the same coin. Usually a wooden nickel trying to pass itself off as a ten dollar gold piece.

    In the area of Faith it is important to start on a solid Foundation. A personal relationship with Jesus that is growing through a good prayer life while being fed, nurtured and guided by the Church and the Sacraments. If one is true to these truths and disciplines one remains free of serious error and has an abundant spiritual life that overflows to everyone around them.

    I believe a similar axiom holds true in the area of Politics. The closer a party or an individual elected official is to the Constitution the more freedom, justice and prosperity flourish for all citizens including babies in the womb.

    This makes perfect sense because Rights, not privileges, are endowed by our Creator. Our most constitutional and forward thinking politicians, which include Alan Keyes, Chuck Baldwin and Ron Paul, argue that these Rights belong not only to human beings after they are born but also before they are born because they are human beings from the moment of conception.

    If we allow the truth of what these men and others like them are saying inform our understanding we can then hold others, including politicians, “feet” to the fire of these truths. Publicly challenging all to step up to the plate and letting them feel our displeasure when they don’t. Lobbyists do it all the time so why shouldn’t we?

    The moral strength of the people of a Nation decides the life or death of that Nation as attested to by many of our founding fathers and others since. They were further convinced that our Rights were not only inherent but came from God.

    “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?” Thomas Jefferson.

    Coming back to my premise that the Foundation is most important in both Faith and Politics I would suggest that the more we fully understand and exercise the foundational axioms and principles the more we will experience Life, Liberty and Happiness.

  • http://www.a--optic.com Catholic Chump

    kent4jmj,
    Well stated.

    Catholic Chump
    http://www.a–optic.com

  • Cooky642

    Congratulations, Mary, on a well-written, concise article. This has got to be your best.

    I just find it sad that the person who wrote the email you were responding to will never read the article. They won’t read past the first few lines, and dismiss you as a “Republican shill”.

    How very, very far we have to go.

  • michele

    I would just like to remind everyone why the Republican party was created. Turns out the Democratic Party of the United States of America refused to abolish slavery. The Republican party then came into being to fight slavery. Another reminder, Lincoln, and all those who fought slavery from the North-Guess what, they were Republicans. For the writer to say that the Democratic Party was always more in line with traditional Catholics is Bogus! But I understand if the writer is confused, most historical textbooks in Classrooms always forget to mention these facts to children. Kind of skim over those shall we say ‘difficult’ parts of our Democratic past. Not the writer’s fault, I think the writer probably believes what the media tells him/her.

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