5 Vital Questions Every Catholic Must Answer This Election

An Open Letter from Father John P. Hedges:

 

Blessed John Paul II said that we are now living in the time of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel; of the Church versus the Anti-Church, and of Life versus Anti-Life.  This is most evident now in our country on the eve of the national elections on November 6. The lines are clearly drawn between the culture of life and the culture of murder.  There are two fundamental issues for the Catholic Church in the election:

  • the Sanctity of Life, and the
  •  Sanctity of Marriage.

Let’s be clear.

The Catholic Church teaches, and science concurs, that life begins at conception.  The Holy Spirit reveals in Sacred Scripture that God knew us before we were even “knit in our mother’s womb!” God knew each human person from all eternity. and that includes the 50 million + children murdered in our country through abortion since 1973.

Now, the law of God is written on the human heart. Every human person, endowed with intellect and will, knows inherently that murdering innocent human life is evil.  Taking the life of an unborn child in abortion is intrinsically evil. You don’t have to be a scientist or a theologian to know this. You just have to be a human being. People lie to themselves when they pretend to not know this; and they lie to themselves when they pretend it is only one issue among so many others!

Anyone who promotes legislation legalizing the murder of unborn children shares in the guilt of murdering these children. Any political candidate who promotes the heinous crime of abortion shares in the guilt of murder. Such a candidate is unworthy of public office.

Anyone who votes into public office a candidate who promotes abortion, shares in the guilt of murdering innocent human life. For Catholics, this is inexcusable in the light of the Church’s constant teaching and the law of God. It is inexcusable for any human being endowed with reason and will.

On November 6th when we vote, we do so as Catholics who are well aware of the moral and natural law of God. No Catholic in good conscience can vote for a candidate who promotes the destruction of innocent human life through abortion. Catholics who do so commit mortal sin and imperil the salvation of their souls.

With regards to same-sex “marriage,” the teaching of Jesus Christ and His Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is crystal clear. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2357-2359) can be summarized in three basic points:

 

1. Homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity; they are mortal sins which cry to heaven for vengeance.  Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2. Homosexuality is an objective disorder.

3. Homosexual persons are to be treated with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

 

These are infallible moral teachings of the Catholic Church by virtue of her universal, ordinary Magisterium. If one claims to profess the Catholic Faith, one must give assent to these saving moral truths. If one rejects these truths, one is no longer Catholic.

 5 Vital Questions Every Catholic Must Answer This Election

It is crucial that we examine our consciences.

  1. Are we ashamed of these truths?
  2. Do we shy away from these truths for fear of persecution?
  3. Are we afraid of being labeled “intolerant”?
  4. Do we fear upsetting people or “offending” family members or parishioners?
  5. As a Church, are we more concerned about “tax-exemption” or the salvation of souls?

 

May the luminous words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen and enlighten us:

 

” Whoever acknowledges me before men I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven.” (Mt.I0:32).

 Any political candidate who sets himself up in opposition to God’s law by legalizing same-sex” marriage” is not worthy of public office.

No Catholic in good conscience can vote for such a candidate. It is inexcusable for a Catholic to forsake his private conscience for the sake of a political party. Any Catholicwho votes for a candidate who promotes same-sex “marriage” commits mortal sin and should be warned by these words of Jesus Christ:

 

            “Whoever disowns Me before men I will disown before My father in heaven.” (Mt. 10:33)

 We place our beloved country our families, and our parish in the safe refuge of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary on the eve of the most crucial election in the history of our nation. May God remove from our country these two evils of abortion and sodomy which threatens the very peace and stability of our future.

 

In Christ,

Father John Hedges

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8 comments to 5 Vital Questions Every Catholic Must Answer This Election

  • I believe liking it does show up in your FB post. Everyone can always help Courageous Priest by liking and Google +1.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    5 Vital Questions Every Catholic Most Answer This Election
    It is crucial that we examine our consciences.

    Are we ashamed of these truths? I will always stand by the truth.
    Do we shy away from these truths for fear of persecution? I could never fear persecution with God on my side.
    Are we afraid of being labeled “intolerant”? There are no labels in heaven.
    Do we fear upsetting people or “offending” family members or parishioners? I’ve been call “Too Catholic before” and I’m proud of it.
    As a Church, are we more concerned about “tax-exemption” or the salvation of souls? The salvation of souls always comes first.

  • lisag

    It is clear Father and yet it is denied because so many have other Gods before them.

  • I have the same problem. I just copy the address, paste in the status box on my FB page & post. It would be great to be able to share as many other pages allow but it’s not so difficult to share by copying & pasting.

  • Julie

    I agree with Marcus. I would love to be able to share this on facebook.

  • TG

    Thank you Father for your courageous. I wish more priests and bishops would put out such strong statements. I’m disappointed in the head of the US conference of bishops for not stating the truth as boldly as it is written in this letter. It seems the higher you are the more politically correct you become. This is why we all need to pray for our bishops and priests.

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