Politics/United States

From Tim Staples at Catholic Answers:

Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that.

We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play. We called them “the Five Non-Negotiables” of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning, and so-called homosexual “marriage.”

To put it simply: these are “deal-breakers” when it comes to the Catholic voting. These are matters definitively declared by the Church to be objectively and absolutely immoral. That is what we mean by “non-negotiable.” There is no legitimate debate–no “wiggle room”–on these issues. Now then, are these the only “non-negotiables” from a Catholic perspective?

No, they are not. There are many non-negotiables we could speak of, and we mention a couple of them in our Voter’s Guide: “Genocide and Contraception” are specifically mentioned and we could add “pornography” and many other “non-negotiables.”

In fact, in our most recent iteration of the Voter’s Guide we had to add “religious liberty” as another “non-negotiable” with the advent of the recent assaults from our government on our religious liberty. 

Stay posted! With the present trajectory of our government in the United States there will most likely be more coming!

But at any rate, pornography, contraception, genocide, and the denial of genuine religious liberty are also “non-negotiables” in Catholic moral theology because they too are matters that are intrinsically and absolutely immoral, and gravely so. However, the point we make in the Voter’s Guide is that not all matters non-negotiable are matters in play politically generally speaking. Our big five are. Six adding the assault on religious liberty. Thus, we focused our attention on the “non-negotiables” that are in fact in play politically. 

Are You a “Single Issue Voter?”

But wait a minute, Tim, some will say here. “Are you saying Catholics are single issue voters?” Well, no! I’m saying we are at least “six-issue voters!” I say that kind of tongue and cheek, but remember this: There are two things to consider here. First, these “six non-negotiables” I have mentioned are indeed deal-breakers, generally speaking, when it comes to Catholics voting, but we also must consider that Catholics, Christians, men and women of good will, ALL OF US, should be engaged in all the issues of the day. At least, as best we can.

We should be knowledgeable on all of the issues that are in play, such as the economy, war, counter-terrorism, immigration policy and more—we should be deeply involved politically and leading the charge when it comes to these matters and more whether there is an election imminent or not. Remember folks: Public policy is never determined on election-day alone! Election-day is critical, to be sure, but even if the worst of politicians are elected, we still have a voice that can shape the agenda and impede evil legislation from ever being able to be passed on whatever the issue may be.

Politics and Religion

It is inevitable that whenever the topic of politics or anything that may be construed as “political” arises, you will hear words to the effect of—“What does the Church have to do with politics! You should stay out of politics!” To use my best theological language… HOGWASH! The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear that Catholics have an obligation to be involved in whatever capacity we can be in politics inparagraph 2246:

It is a part of the Church’s mission to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it.

In each of these six non-negotiables, we have issues that involve both the salvation of souls and the fundamental rights of man. And very importantly, each of these matters represent points of the moral law definitively taught by the Church making these matters absolutely “black and white” and unchangeable where there is no “wiggle room” for Catholics. Catholics must not vote for any of these six non-negotiables, or for any politician who supports them.

Jiminy Cricket! ….    For the whole article, click here.

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Some of you may have already read this since Ben Stein gave this commentary on CBS in 2005, but it is worth repeating since Christmas is approaching — and because it is good stuff.

I wanted to make sure it was accurate so I checked it out on Snopes and found it was accurate, though some people have added much to it. However, the version below is exactly what he said and you can check me out here if you wish. You can also read the words directly from Ben Stein's website too.

Stein.jpgI am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was  Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me.

I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica [I think these are movie stars he had commented on earlier] and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

 I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

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San Bernardino Terrorist Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

by Steve Ray on December 4, 2015

OK, Obama. It’s time to admit it and get real. It is Islamic and it is terrorism — and it has come to America!

My guess? The ISIS girl looked on-line for a Muslim man she could start relations with and entice him to join her. He goes to the Middle East, marries her and comes back ready to do what they do — jihad. 

Remember Paris, Mali, Twin Towers and a host of others…  How many more are already here just waiting…

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Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

November 23, 2015

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors. Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide! Four [...]

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Acton Institute Analyzes Pope Francis’ Address to Congress, after the fact

October 15, 2015

I can’t lie and say I was overly enthusiastic about the Pope’s address to Congress and the United Nations. There was a lot I wish he would have said that was not. However, I agree with the Acton Institute’s assessment of his address to Congress. Given Washington DC’s nature, Pope Francis’s address to Congress was [...]

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Syrian Archbishop “Disturbed” By CIA Involvement in Conflict 

October 2, 2015

STEVE RAY HERE: After meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem and talking to many people here in the Middle East I conclude that this bishop is absolutely correct. The United States is on the wrong side of this conflict and Russia is on the right side. President Asad has always protected the Christians and toppling [...]

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Fox News Special Shot at Franciscan University of Steubenville: “Losing Faith in America?”

September 25, 2015

STEUBENVILLE—On July 25, a FOX News crew led by FOX anchor Bill Hemmer came to Franciscan University of Steubenville during the Defending the Faith Conference and interviewed Franciscan University faculty, conference speakers, and students, including theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn and sociology professor Dr. Anne Hendershott.   The results of those interviews will be seen in a FOX News Special, “Losing Faith in America?” The [...]

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Fishing with the Government

September 22, 2015

Politics are part of life and part of what Christians should be involved in. I offer no apologies for political cartoons though some think we should leave government and politics to the pagans.

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Debating Doctor-assisted Suicide

September 18, 2015

Here is a great article and list of resources provided by Jimmy Akin on his blog:     After having failed to get a doctor-assisted suicide bill passed earlier this year though the normal legislative process, the California legislators who are in the pocket of the assisted-suicide lobby recently rammed one through in a surprise [...]

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Do Your Part to Defund Planned Parent Slaughterhouses

September 16, 2015

Legislation is expected to come before the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates. Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year (YOUR TAXES) and performs over a third of all abortions around the United States. Recently, a number of [...]

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Why Aren’t Muslim Countries Taking Syrian Refugees?

September 14, 2015

As Europe begins to respond to the need to provide safe shelter for Syrian refugees escaping a brutal conflict, many are beginning to ask why wealthy Gulf states are refusing to accept any refugees, despite the religious, cultural and geographical proximity. “Surely,” wrote Lord Carey in an article published in The Telegraph on 5 September, “if [Gulf [...]

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Planned Parenthood & Pontius Pilate

August 27, 2015

  Planned Parenthood and Pontius Pilate by Dr. Edward Peters The first Station of the Cross, “Jesus is condemned to death”, recalls one of Western history’s most iconic acts of antinomianism, Pontius Pilate washing his hands of Jesus’ blood (Matthew 27: 24). Pilate’s cowardly and contemptuous abandonment of an innocent man to death stands—and will stand [...]

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Countdown to Persecution in America

August 17, 2015

Two excellent articles (Part I and Part II and Part III). There is no doubt our society is rapidly moving away from it foundations and turning into an intolerant, secular society. When that happens Christians are the first to suffer. Over the last few years I have been giving a talk entitled “Swimming Upstream: Living a [...]

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Lobby to Defund Planned Parenthood: If Everyone Speaks out it Might Just Happen.

August 3, 2015

Click on the image to right for an easy and quick way to make yourself heard. Pass it along to everyone you know.

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Expect More of this: “Religious Beliefs belong in your House of Worship or your own Home!”

August 3, 2015

While flying home from Europe two days ago I was reading the USA Today newspaper. There was a section on the new policy of the Boy Scouts to allow openly gay leaders and employees.  One of the comments (see to right) demonstrates two things I have been predicting for a long time. First, we Christians [...]

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Newest Planned Parenthood Video; Bravo to the folks exposing them! Where is Obama’s Outrage?

July 31, 2015

So much to-do about a lion killed and justification for babies killed and their part sold. Here they discuss getting caught and the exclamation as they cut the baby up, “Oh, this was a boy!”

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