The Five Non-Negotiables For Catholic Voters

Saint Brigid of Ireland
Patron Saint of Babies

Catholics are called to a moral obligation as citizens of society to participate by exercising their voting rights. “It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom.” (cf. CCC 2239.) The casting of a ballot can accomplish an adherence to that obligation.  However, we are often overloaded with so many political issues before choosing a candidate that the task to decipher how to cast our votes can become formidable.  While we may differ on issues regarding the economy, foreign policy, education and tax issues, as Catholics we can narrow down our choices based on Church teachings, Encyclicals of the Pope and the Catechism. In a letter addressed to U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004,  Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger,) had this to say:

“Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the -application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”

While there may not be a “perfect” candidate with regard to policy adhering strictly to the list of Five Non-negotiables, the following chart should assist you in narrowing down which candidate most heavily weighs in favor of the largest number of items on the list.

The Five Non-Negotiables and where candidates Obama and Romney stand  (click image to enlarge)  The tally reads loud and clear. Obama must go.

Ronald Reagan on Adoption and Abortion

For in-depth reading:

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion – General Principles by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Procon.org – 2012 Presidential Election

Obama’s Carefully Crafted Cloning Contradiction

Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, V. THE AUTHORITIES IN CIVIL SOCIETY

Five Non-Negotiable Issues

The Importance of the Catholic Vote in the 2012 Election

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. – Thomas Jefferson

Never has there been a more important election year for Catholics to “get out the vote.” As the most important voting bloc in the past ten presidential elections, it is imperative that we defend our religious liberty, not only for Catholics, but for all religious persuasions.  Loud and clear was the message from the White House earlier this year that freedom of conscience takes a back seat to government mandates if so deemed. Statism over adherence to our First Amendment rights  protected by the U.S. Constitution is the current order of the day under the Obama Administration.

 
Statistically, the Catholic vote has decided the winner nine times out of the past ten presidential elections. According to exit polls in 2008, Obama garnered the Catholic vote by 9% over Senator John McCain. We cannot let this happen again. At stake are not only issues of birth control and sterilization as mandated by the ACA, but also issues of abortion, school choice, same-sex marriage and free market capitalism. Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters, interviewed by the the Wall Street Journal said, “there is no room in this great country of ours for the institutions our Church has built over the years to be Catholic in ways that are important to us.”  While Obama regularly claims possession of a strong stand on protecting religious freedom and freedom of speech, he refuses to recognize Catholic principles extend past the right to worship and assemble, and apply to every facet of our lives far beyond our places of worship.  These issues are, in fact, the very underpinnings of our faith.  The Church has always been vehemently clear on issues of  protecting life and procreation, and to require Catholic institutions to fund or provide for anything that goes against our moral thought and structure is clearly not in line with Obama’s claims to protect and defend all religions. As Catholics, the issues at stake are not gray zones adaptable by the coercion of those in current power. This is not negotiable.

Clearly, we are being pushed aside for an anti-freedom agenda pursued vigorously by the Obama Administration and evident in the 2012 Democrat platform.  Liberal Cardinal Roger Mahony urged on his blog, “this decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster.”  These are not partisan issues, these are  issues of essential liberty, and as the decisive voting bloc we have the means at our disposal to save these liberties from the ash heap of the Obama agenda or harken back to a time in history when settlers left Europe seeking refuge from religious persecution.  It is clear that the Obama Administration chose to superciliously gamble with the Catholic vote in November by virtue of their refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from the ACA mandate.  This being the case, and should Obama be re-elected, where does it stop?  It is up to each of us to deliver Obama an overwhelming defeat on November 6.  We will not remain silent in favor of tyranny, but will make our voices heard at the ballot box.

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