Catholic Church has been speaking
very clearly. The overriding issue
in the US elections is that of
abortion versus the defense of
life. Abortion is an intrinsic
evil. To vote for a pro-abortion
candidate (the most rabid one
in fact) is to endanger one's
the Lord guide and convict every
Catholic, and certainly every
CFC-FFL member, to voting according
to his well-formed conscience,
and that means voting pro-life.
Bishops Say Abortion Most Important
Issue in U.S. Election
Thaddeus M. Baklinski
24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- With only days remaining before
the November 4 U.S. election,
a tally has shown that over
a quarter of America's bishops
have published articles, issued
statements or given interviews
where they have declared that
the most important issue for
voters in their choice of a
new president is the candidate’s
stance on abortion.
tally was put together by well-known
Catholic journalist and blogger
Rocco Palmo, and published in
The Tablet, a Catholic periodical
(See Rocco’s article here:
across the nation have taken
the message pro-life to heart,
as their pastors have repeatedly
called on them to make the right
to life the defining issue and
to vote accordingly.
Robert Hermann of St. Louis
wrote in the archdiocesan newspaper
last Friday that "the
issue of life is the most basic
issue and must be given priority
over the issue of the economy,
the issue of war or any other
our children or killing our
children. This," wrote
the Bishop Hermann in the St.
Louis Review, "is the overriding
issue facing each of us.
All other issues ... have to
take second place to the issue
Robert Finn of Kansas City-St
Joseph wrote in his diocesan
newspaper that "despite
hardship, beyond partisanship,
the sake of our eternal salvation,"
Catholic voters "should
never" support a candidate
who favours the continued legalisation
Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas and
Keven W. Vann of Fort Worth
issued a pastoral letter on
October 8 which singled out
as the "preeminent intrinsic
evil of our day,"
and again stressed that all
other rights originate in the
right to life.
is impossible to further the
common good without acknowledging
and defending the right to life,
upon which all the other inalienable
rights of individuals are founded
and from which they develop,"
the bishops wrote.
Charles Chaput of Denver made
national headlines when he described
Barack Obama as "the most
committed abortion-rights presidential
candidate of either major party
since the Roe v. Wade abortion
Chaput later said that those
Catholics who promote Obama
as "this year's ‘real'
pro-life candidate," are
under a "peculiar kind
of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion,
determination of these bishops
to reach Catholic voters appears
to be paying off.
Business Daily and the TechnoMetrica
Institute of Policy and Politics
(IBD/TIPP) has released a tracking
poll that shows a dramatic shift
in opinion that may be a result
of the bishops' guidance to
reported on Thursday that McCain,
who has repeatedly declared
his pro-life stance on abortion,
has cut into Obama's lead for
a second day in a row and is
now just 1.1 points behind.
The spread was 3.7 on Wednesday
and 6.0 on Tuesday.
particular note, however, the
poll also shows that John McCain
has gone from an 11-point de
cit to a 9-point lead over Barack
Obama among Catholic voters.
to the Drudge Report, IBD/TIPP
was the most accurate pollster
for the 2004 election.
related LifeSiteNews.com articles:
Bishops Come out Swinging against
Abortion, Pro-Abort Politicians
Bishops: Abortion is the "Defining
Issue" of This Election
"For to me life is Christ,
and death is gain." (Phil