Sunday, September 14, 2008

CatholicVote.com

I saw this video on Danielle Bean's Blog, and really enjoyed it. It's a bit lengthy, but gets the message across. On a side note, our Epiphany Elizabeth Ministry is thinking about coordinating with the other Catholic churches in Bloomington-Normal to get her to come do a mother's retreat day late this year or early 2009!! Whoo Hoo!

But, since that is still in the planning stages, we are heading out to Champaign in November to see www.smartmartha.com talk. :-D You should come!

2 comments:

Lisa, Paul & Eliette said...

I would love to go to that seminar in Champaign. Is there a deadline to register? Does it cost anything? I might have to work that day, but I don't know how soon I'll have that schedule. And you read Danielle Bean too? I love her blog! (Although lately she's been linking to Faith and Family more, which makes me pout.)

Kathy O'Leary said...

Yesterday I received an email with a "grassroots video" produced by Catholicvote.com.

The video and website, Catholicvote.com were produced by Fidelis. They have very strong ties to the Republican Party and to the McCain campaign. In February of this year they issued a press release endorsing John McCain for president and their website includes articles from Deal Hudson who is an advisor to the McCain campaign as a member of the “Catholic Outreach Committee”. They have given campaign contributions only to republicans and even supported republican Senator Rick Santorum over Bob Casey, a pro-life Catholic democrat, during the 2006 election cycle.

If you forward this video or link to the website in your official capacity you may be in violation of IRS regulations and Church policy. You will also be distributing materials that contradict Church teaching.

Among other things, the video glorifies US economic and military power. This runs contrary to Catholic Social Teaching which emphasizes a preferential option for the poor and solidarity. It also runs contrary to the Cathecism which teaches us that "Respect for and development of human life require peace."

There is more than one intrinsic evil at issue this year. They include genocide, racism, torture, targeting non-combatants and engaging in unjust wars. They are all life issues and they all require our attention as Catholics.

Whether we vote Republican or Democrat this year what defines us is that we are Catholic.

Don't let the political parties redefine what it means to be CATHOLIC.

Vote the Common Good!
www.votethecommongood.com