A Defense of Single-Issue Voting

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2020

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A Defense of Single-Issue Voting

Howard Kainz: Without a firm insistence on the right to life, all civil rights are in jeopardy.

Catholics in the United States have traditionally been associated with the Democratic Party. In the 19th and 20th centuries, when so many Catholics were from working-class, immigrant families, often subjected to prejudice (and easily inspired by the social-justice encyclicals of popes Leo XIII, Pius XI, John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II), Catholics mostly gravitated to the party that seemed to embody commitment to equality, concern for immigrants and the underprivileged, and against profiteering by bosses and landlords and the capitalist elite.

8db121b8-db82-4145-9a95-172a39180f46Those of us who are pro-life, and bring up the subject of politics to fellow Catholics, will often hear the counter-claim that they are for “social justice” – as if these were two opposed ideologies.

And they harbor the stereotype of Republicans as people who show no concern for the poor and disadvantaged, and continually oppose progressive implementation of civil rights. That conservatives give more to charity, for example, is dismissed with a wave of the hand, as if contributions to churches and missionary work, etc., can’t compare with the “charity” of government ruled by Democrats.

          Screen Shot 2020-09-23 at 8.05.20 AM  The strangest misrepresentation of Republicans has to do with civil rights. Historically, every civil rights advance up to the 1964 Civil Rights Act was engineered by Republicans – the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Reconstruction Act of 1867, anti-lynching bills, anti-poll-tax bills, desegregation of public schools, final implementation of President Truman’s desegregation of the military, and the establishment of the 1958 Civil Rights Commission. In 1967, President Nixon’s “Philadelphia Plan” applied “affirmative action” to the building trades. And thereafter, it expanded to other economic sectors in which there had been a pattern of discrimination.

How, then, did the stereotype of Republicans as pin-striped, cigar-smoking, elite power-brokers, indifferent to civil rights, get established in the minds of so many, including Catholics? The fact that the Republican Party has offered multi-millionaires or billionaires as candidates for the presidency in the last three elections has not been helpful to the image.

Click here to read the rest of Professor Kainz’ column . . .

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1) Bishop Donald J. Hying writes:  How to vote according to our Catholic faith

2) Survey finds correlation between Catholic Mass attendance, political views

3) Excellent summary below by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield Illinois

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Bravo Bishop Paprocki! On Lockdown Consequences

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2020

download (2)LOCKDOWNS  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL, said too little attention has been placed on the consequences of months-long lockdowns. He noted that 35,000 people die every year from auto accidents in the United States, but we don’t close our highways.

“We wouldn’t do that, because people need to get to work, to school, and other obligations. So what do we do?

We don’t throw caution to the wind. We take precautions, like seat belts and air bags, and you follow the rules of the road; and if you do that, there’s much greater likelihood you won’t die in an auto accident, but that’s not an absolute guarantee. There are no absolute guarantees in life,”

Bishop Paprocki said.  READ

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Virtual Healing Conference (Free) Sept 25-27, 2020

by Steve Ray on September 24, 2020

FREE Global Healing Conference

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With all of the changes going on in the world, the Church continues the work of evangelization.

This is a great opportunity to experience Christ’s healing and mercy in a profound way — and for free!

On this Friday, September 25, Virtual Catholic Conference will be hosting a global healing conference. This FREE three-day event includes over 50 presenters sharing amazing teachings and testimonials on mercy, spiritual warfare, and healing.

God’s healing touch is not limited by social distancing. This is going to be a powerful event.

The conference includes:

  • 50+ recorded on-demand presentations from speakers like Dr. Bob Schuchts, Judith McNutt, Fr. Dave Pivonka, Neil Lozano, and Stephanie Burke.
  • Live Q&A access to select presenters
  • Virtual prayer rooms with focused healing prayer in areas of addiction, grief and loss, physical healing, marriage and relationship healing, and many more!

If you desire healing, or know of another who is longing to know God’s mercy, don’t miss this opportunity.

Perhaps all God is waiting for is an invitation from you to let him in. Behold, He makes all things new!

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Join us for Free Zoom Discussion on Defending the Eucharist

September 24, 2020
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Regarding Politicians: Is it Good or Bad to Be Catholic?

September 22, 2020

Joe Biden claims to be a devout Catholic and the media says that is good! He gains his values from his Catholic Faith (really?) But why then is it bad that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a devout Catholic and should be smeared and disqualified as a judge because she gains her values from her […]

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Updates on the Appointment of a New Supreme Court Justice

September 22, 2020

If you don’t get the daily update from The Loop, I would highly suggest you check it out. Nice daily summary from Catholic Vote about Catholics and politics, important news, saint of the day, and more. Here are a few entries for today: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 ‘GOT THE VOTES’  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-SC, […]

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Another Great Talk by Fr. Altman, God Bless Him and his Defenders!

September 20, 2020

One good priest responds to Fr. Altman‘s strong, uncompromising homilies and to his weak-kneed bishop. Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s excellent article is entitled “On Prophets and Pearl-clutchers” and published by Crisis Magazine. Read it here and pass it on.

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What Every Catholic Needs to Know about “Black Lives Matter”

September 20, 2020

by Dave Durand September 1, 2020  Published in Legatus Magazine “What does it mean when a CEO says, “we support Black Lives Matter?” On the surface, it appears the company affirms the dignity and equality of Black people. If it were that simple, all Catholics would be obligated to support such a movement. However, the […]

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The Human Mind is Amazing

September 19, 2020

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid is aamznig. Aoccdrnig to  rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The […]

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died

September 18, 2020

If the presidential elections were not already volatile enough, the death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg today will throw gasoline on the fire. Wow, this is a whole new dynamic. The next president will profoundly shape history based her replacement. Electing Trump is more crucial than ever! Expect a war! For more info, click […]

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Evangelicals Becoming Catholics: Former Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli

September 18, 2020

Evangelical Protestant flagship periodical asks: “Why do evangelicals convert to Catholicism and how should we respond?” by ED STETZER This Sunday, September 13, a man named Mark will become confirmed as a Catholic. Why is this significant? Mark Galli, who will be confirmed under the name of St. Francis, is a former Presbyterian pastor and […]

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Is there Evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

September 16, 2020

Some people may think Jesus is a mythical figure like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Others think Jesus might be historical but only mentioned in the Bible is the only source of information on the existence of Jesus. They question whether Jesus really existed as a real historical figure. Is the Bible the only […]

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St. Joseph, A Role Model For Catholic Men with Steve Ray

September 15, 2020

Steve explains how St. Joseph is a role model for Catholic men with William Hemsworth on September 14, 2020.

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You Know You Are a Heretic when…

September 15, 2020

                    Catechism definition of heresy: ” “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same.” (CCC 2089)

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“Be not ashamed of the Cross of Christ; but though another hide it, do thou openly seal it upon thy forehead”

September 14, 2020

On this feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, heed the words of Church Father, St. Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem (c. 315–87) in  his “Catechetical Lectures.” 13. All kings when they die have their power extinguished with their life: but Christ crucified is worshipped by the whole world. We proclaim The Crucified, and the devils […]

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Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

September 14, 2020

You may want to send a copy of Cardinal Sarah’s official Vatican pronouncement to your bishop! It is time we stop this craziness and get back to Mass and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ and fellowshipping with one another. We have been silent long enough. Now Rome speaks out in support of the churches opening […]

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