Friday, September 25, 2020

A Defense of Single-Issue Voting

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2020


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 . . .


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


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