Back a number of years ago, Cdl. Bernardin of Chicago pasted together something called the "Seamless Garment" theory, which justified voting for pro-abortion candidates. The Cardinal was wrong.
But his theory refuses to die. After all, it offers cover for such vermin as Dave Obey (D-WI) and John Kerry--and may even secure their continuing election.
The group perpetrating this moral fraud this time around is "Catholic in Alliance for the Common Good" (CACG) a group headed up by Alexia Kelley who in 2004 worked as a religion advisor to John Kerry in the closing weeks of his campaign.
An initial printing of one million copies of "Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics" will be distributed nationwide through on-the-ground organizers and partner networks in all 50 states, says CACG.
...The new voter guide has been described as "slick" by the Catholic League for its deceptive wording which falsely leads Catholics to consider abortion as just one of many important social justice issues to be taken into account when electing politicians.
"Slick" is the right term. "A Pack of Lies" would be another:
The Catholic Democrats' guide contradicts the guidance of Cardinal Ratzinger prior to his election to the papacy. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote a doctrinal note, approved by then-Pope John Paul II, which stated: "[A] well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals." The doctrinal note added, "laws must defend the basic right to life from conception to natural death . . . Analogously, the family needs to be safeguarded and promoted based on monogamous marriage between a man and a woman."
As Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, of Corpus Christi Texas, explained in September 2004, it is not enough to make a mental reservation that a voter is not supporting a pro-abortion politician because of his stand on abortion. The reasons to support the politician must be objectively 'proportionate.' He further states that the usual reasons cited, a candidate's stand "on war, or taxes, or the death penalty, or immigration, or a national health plan, or Social Security, or AIDS, or homosexuality, or marriage," are not important enough. They are, he says, "simply lacking in proportionality."
Fortunately, the Wisconsin Bishops have already made perfectly clear their support of The Amendment (which would ban homosex-marriage in Wisconsin.) They have also made VERY clear their opposition to Embryonic Stem-Cell Research (albeit a couple of years ago.)
So should some long-haired, maggot-infested, good-time-Charlie rock'n'roll type attempt to jam one of those slick brochures into your hand in the parking lot after Mass, gently but firmly advise the creep to put the brochure where the sun doesn't shine.
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The Church's teachings on respect for all human life (commonly called "Seamless Garment") do not justify voting for, or against, anybody. That teaching is the way of living life on Christ, not a way of politics. (Though, I sometimes wish there would be candidates to vote for....)
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