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 Life Does Not End At Birth

“Our moral, political and economic responsibilities do not stop at the moment of birth.

Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible

in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us:

 

TThe old and the young, the hungry and the homeless,

the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker...

consistency means we can’t have it both ways.”

 

• 30,000 of God’s children die every day of hunger and preventable disease

• More than 13,000 civilians and 1,000 of our troops have died in an Iraq war

called a ‘moral failure’ by the Vatican

• Over 44 million Americans lack health care, a 10% increase from four years ago

• Over 1,000 people are dying every day in Sudan’s genocide

 

Cardinal Joseph Bernadin

 

 

 

Catholics Called to Vote For the Common Good

 

The following is a non-partisan statement

endorsed by more than 200 Catholic organizations

and inspired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’

“Faithful Citizenship” statement.

 

To view the entire text of this statement, or for more information on this statement,

please visit www.paxchristiusa.org.

 

 

In the gospels, Jesus implores us to love our enemies, to feed the hungry, to bless the peacemakers,

to set the oppressed free, and to care for the widow, the orphan, and the stranger.

 

This November, we will look for and vote for candidates

who take as seriously as we do the teachings and

example of Jesus Christ.

 

It is a common misperception of politicians seeking office that the Catholic vote can be courted by addressing a narrow

range of issues. In reality, the great majority of Catholics in the U.S., in agreement with the U.S. Catholic Bishops, will vote

for candidates based “on the full range of issues, as well as on [the candidate’s] personal

integrity, philosophy, and performance.”

 

"Faithful Citizenship,"

U.S. CatholicBishops,

2004

 

 

Members of the media -and indeed a few of our own religious leaders - do a great disservice to our church and nation

when they attempt to use one or another issue as the benchmark for Catholic identity.

 

“The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular

element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to

a single isolated aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility

towards the common good”

 

“Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life”

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,

November 2002 and approved

by Pope John Paul II

 

 

 

"There are 60 million Catholics in the U.S. We take the responsibility of voting seriously.

We will examine the broad range of issues, measuring “all candidates, policies, parties

and platforms by how they protect or undermine the life, dignity, and rights of the

 human person, whether they protect the poor and vulnerable

and advance the common good”

 

“Faithful Citizenship"

 U.S.Catholic Bishops,

2004

 

 

 

National Catholic peace and justice organization, with more than 130 U.S. Bishop members, 800 parishes and 650 religious communities.