NOT “Catholics United”

We have received numerous questions lately as to Catholics United for the Faith’s affiliation with a group bearing a similar name. Given the confusion that has arisen, we would like to issue a clarification.

Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is not affiliated in any way with the group “Catholics United.” Further, CUF does not endorse any political candidate.

“Catholics United” took up its name in 2005 (it was previously known as the “Catholic Voting Project”). CUF has been using its name (“Catholics United for the Faith”) since its founding in 1968.

CUF’s mission is to “support, defend, and advance the efforts of the teaching Church in accord with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.” For 40 years, CUF has been a leading voice of Catholic laity throughout the world, noted for its commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy, spiritual renewal, and unity in the faith.

In carrying out its mission, CUF provides and recommends resources to help Catholics form their consciences. They include:

-“Forming Catholic Consciences” by CUF
-Going God’s Way: The Church’s Teaching on Moral Conscience (CUF FAITH FACT)
-“Keep Us Free from Sin”: Conscience and Confession by Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.
-Conscience and the Obedience of Faith by Jay Boyd
-Catholics in Political Life: An Excerpt from the Booklet “Catholics in the Public Square” by CUF advisor Bishop Thomas Olmsted

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  1. Folks,

    Here is my letter to the Catholics United web site:

    Gentlemen,

    It is readily apparent that your web site http://www.catholics-united.org is merely a front for the dissemination of liberal propaganda. Your support of pro-abortionist candidates for office is hypocrisy. I suggest you read “Liberalism is a Sin” by Dr. Don Felix Sarda Y Salvany:

    http://www.ewtn.com/library/theology/libsin.HTM

    Further, you need to heed the words of Father John Corapi on “Education, Faith & America” issued just the other day. This is reprinted below for your convenience. You must repent for deceiving the members of the Body of Christ with the disinformation on your web site. Yet the first Epistle of St. John warns us that in the last days there would be many anti-christs who would come to seek and deceive.

    Chris Korzen and James Salt, I appeal to you to repent. The hour grows short. And hell grows ever hotter.

    BTW, I thank God that Sarah Palin, a member of the Assemblies of God and a Spirit filled woman, is John McCain’s running mate. ;-)

    In Caritate Christi,

    Paulus
    Fiat Voluntas Dei

    Education, Faith & America

    In speaking with faithful Catholics all over the world for the past twenty years there is a consensus among them that the average Catholic doesn’t know much about their faith. Likewise there is an overwhelming consensus that if we did, the world would be a very different place. In the United States of America we have over sixty million Catholics. If these Catholic citizens knew their faith and then voted and lived their faith, this country would be incalculably better off. In turn, so would the entire world.

    In the past few months leading up to what may prove to be the most crucial presidential election in this country’s history, it is outright frightening how many Catholics think they can vote for a pro-abortion candidate. As many of our good bishops have pointed out,
    under the current circumstances this is not possible. Abortion is the overridingly most important moral issue of our times, all others
    being important, but rendered irrelevant if the preeminent right—the right to life—is destroyed.

    As Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon recently pointed out, clarifying the teaching of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in their excellent pastoral letter “Faithful Citizenship,” a candidate or office holder is disqualified from receiving the vote of a Catholic in good conscience if they hold a pro-abortion position. In other words pro- choice candidates under the current set of circumstances are disqualified because of their pro-death political positions. We cannot vote for them. As the Bishops of Kansas recently asserted in their excellent voter’s guide, “Catholics would `commit
    moral evil’ by voting for a candidate who supports abortion and other intrinsically evil things. Voting is a moral act, and voting for pro-
    choice candidates is evil in itself. One becomes a collaborator in evil by so doing. No amount of rationalization can escape this logical and moral conclusion.

    There was some confusion over this based on a statement made some time ago by Pope Benedict, who was speaking in general terms, saying
    that for a “proportionate reason” it would be possible to vote for such candidates. However, in the concrete situation we face, with a candidate who is pro-life, this would not be possible. No amount of “other reasons” would excuse voting for a pro-choice candidate. The Church clearly teaches that life begins at conception. As Pope
    John Paul II stated many times, “abortion is murder.” Following logically from this, if a single abortion is murder, then 48,000,000
    (the approximate number of abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade) of them is genocide. What would be the “proportionate reason”
    supporting such an outrage? There is none.

    Lack of understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches is grossly harmful to the individual Catholic and to society in general. It is for this reason that I have always tried to promote and teach the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a sure norm for teaching the faith, as Pope John Paul II asserted in promulgating the Catechism. “Guarding the Deposit of Faith is the mission which the Lord entrusted to His Church,” are the first words of the Apostolic Constitution “Fidei Depositum.” These are the words the Holy Father used to introduce us to the Catechism.

    For this reason we are making my series “The Teaching of Jesus Christ” more and more available through television, radio, and the lowest prices ever offered for DVD and CD versions. Ignorance of the Faith can prove fatal—for individuals and for nations. Learning our faith is the best investment we can make. The Catechism of the
    Catholic Church is the very best way to do this.

    May God bless you, each one, and may God bless America in this time of national crisis,

    Father John Corapi

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