Faithful Catholics and Loyal Americans

Today Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph,  Missouri issued a joint pastoral letter entitled “Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens.”

After carefully explaining the priority of rejecting intrinsic evil when it comes to exercising the right to vote, the bishops quoted a 2004 memo from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to a committee of U.S. bishops regarding the responsibility of Catholic voters:

“A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

The bishops then give this reflection on the issue of “proportionate reasons”: 

“Could a Catholic in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports legalized abortion when there is a choice of another candidate who does not support abortion or any other intrinsically evil policy? Could a voter’s preference for the candidate’s positions on the pursuit of peace, economic policies benefiting the poor, support for universal health care, a more just immigration policy, etc. overcome a candidate’s support for legalized abortion? In such a case, the Catholic voter must ask and answer the question: What could possibly be a proportionate reason for the more than 45 million children killed by abortion in the past 35 years? Personally, we cannot conceive of such a proportionate reason.”

Click here to review the entire letter.

2 responses

  1. My Catolicism is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Mostof the clergy and many, many Catholics arer anti-just-war, pro-illrgal immigration, essentially pr-anything that gives our country awat, by their interpretation of “Christ’s Love”. In reality, they atrefollowing their own, liberat interpretation of God’s will. I am intetrested toenvision those thatwillbe judged right or wrong at comeuppance.

  2. Most liberal so-called “Catholics” (the term is actually oxymoronic) do not want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ because that would mean that each individual liberal is now personally responsible and accountable – no more blaming the nameless, faceless collective. Liberals want license to do whatever they please, and as St. Paul explained, such license is slavery to sin. We need to embrace the liberty that is in service to Christ Jesus and His Holy Church – that is called embracing personal responsibility and holding ourselves personally accountable instead of abdication to nanny government. Liberals substitute social justice for spiritual justice, failing to recognize that Christ came, not to feed the multitudes with physical bread, but to feed them with His Body and Blood. The Gospel is about salvation of the soul, not about salvation of the body. Furthermore, when Jesus stated in Matthew 25, “Even as ye do this unto the least of these, ye do it unto me”, He was speaking to His disciples. Jesus gave to the Church the injunction to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, give drink to the thirsty, etc. He did NOT give this injunction to nanny government. Rather, it is our Christian duty to do these things. When we abdicate this responsibility to nanny government as the liberals would have us, we dilute the message of the Gospel and render unto Caesar that which is God’s. If we the members of the Body of Christ (which is how St. Paul describes the Church) did what Jesus commanded, then liberalism would be utterly defeated. By the way, the last three letters of are <I> which stand for <I>, and . ;-)

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