Winning Illinois for Life is possible

We can do it.  We can win Illinois.  When you see the map it turns out that Illinois is really a red stateexcept for Cook County and a couple of blue counties way downstate.  In order for that to happen eachand every one of us has to step up to the plate.  Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for the invaluable right to vote.  They were abused, went to jail, and were fed slop, but they prevailed.  DoNOT let anything keep you from casting that precious vote!  And please vote with an informedconscience.  For the record – this is just my own thoughts and opinions and does not represent any organization that I am affiliated with.

This year the Bishops have tried very hard to clarify that all issues do not carry the same weight.  There is a difference between “prudential judgment” and “binding principles”.  There is not really aCatholic/Christian consensus on what is the best way to help the poor for example.  Some could decide that the answer is more food stamps while others could try to increase jobs.  Both have merit and can fall under the guidelines of solidarity and subsidiarity (meaning it can be better handled locally than at the federal level).  There are certain issues that are non-negotiable, however.  Abortion, euthanasia,embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and same sex marriage are issues that areintrinsically evil.  By their very nature they can never be supported or accepted by faithful Catholics and any people of faith.

Archbishop Chaput says that if Catholics had walked away from the Democrat Party when they gotworse and worse on the abortion issue that the Party would never have gotten to the state it is in today. Believe me, it’s not your father’s party.  Just look at the party platforms for both parties.  The differences are shocking.  Not that party is the basis for your vote but you have to admit that the Democrats have sold out the Catholics who once were their main constituency.  Please inform your conscience.

First of all what conscience is not.  It is not your feelings or opinions.  It is an activity of your intellectin judging the rightness or wrongness of an action.  It is the voice of truth within you.  Our guidance has not always been as clear as it is this year.

In 1983 Cardinal Bernardin issued his Seamless Garment statement.  He said, “If one contends, as we do, that the right of every fetus to be born should be protected by civil law and supported by civil consensus, then our moral, political and economic responsibilities do not stop at the moment of birth. Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us, the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker.  Consistency means that we cannot have it both ways.  We cannot urge a compassionate society and vigorous public policy to protect the rights of the unborn and then argue that compassion and significant public programs on behalf of the needy undermine the moral fiber of the society or are beyond the proper scope of governmental responsibility.”

There was many a Catholic politician who stood on that platform for years.  Excusing his “pro-choice” votes because he was so good on the anti-gun issue or feeding the poor.  Later in his life Cardinal Bernardin expressed regret that his thesis had caused so much confusion.  He said that he had neverintended to imply that all moral issues carry the same moral weight.

Some of you may remember that in 2004Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) sent a letter to the bishops of the United States reaffirming the evil of abortion and euthanasia.  At the end of the letter he added a postscript – Note Bene – that said,

“A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia.  When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

That means something of equal importance.  Can you think of anything that is equal to the killing of 3,300babies each and every day, day after day, year after year?  I really can’t – but apparently a lot of Catholics could.

This is from the Faithful Citizenship document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for this year.  It may still be a little ambiguous for some but at least it does point out that some things areintrinsically evil.  You hardly have to be told that, though, do you?

“As Catholics we are not single issue voters.  A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support.  Yet a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil,such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter todisqualify a candidate from receiving support.”  Faithful Citizenship USCCB 2007/2011

Since it is difficult for the average citizen to find accurate information about how the many candidates stand on the life issues, Illinois Citizens for Life has prepared non-partisan voter information based on responses to a questionnaire, public statements, and/or voting records.  This guide is not an endorsement and may not be used to advance the candidacy of any individual.  For information please access the ICL web site at www.icl-life.com or call 630-852-5448 for assistance.  Thank you for taking this seriously.  I truly is a matter of life and death

If you’re not sure of just how pro-abortion this President and his administration are you can go towww.LifeNews.com  to see 241(!) appointments, regulations, executive orders, bill signings, etc. that further abortion in this country. They all have links that you can verify for yourself or to convince someone else.  Click here These actions. If a screen pops up inviting you to sign up for their e-newsletter you can just close it and proceed.  If you decide you would like to receive pretty much daily pro-life news I would recommend www.LifeSiteNews.com instead, just my personal preference.  Both are good though.

Article by Carol Wright

Submitted by Daria S.