Honestly Every Catholic Needs to Hear This Before Voting

By Fr. John Lankeit,

Dear Faithful Subscribers,

This is the best homily on voting ever.  To watch the video please click here.

Fr. John Lankeit Money Quotes

“There is a candidate, in this 2016 race for president, who along with that candidate’s political party does, in fact, sanction the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the situations previously described under one particular condition: That that black person or that Hispanic person is still in his or her mother’s womb.”

“One party favors open borders, the other party favors law and order.” . . . But “suppose a candidate for president promoted a policy that would make it legal for someone to kill a Hispanic person if the presence of that Hispanic person made it more difficult to pursue one’s career of choice. How many of you would be comfortable voting for that candidate?”

“God’s mercy is bigger than your sin and your pain. In 10 years of priesthood, I have often been blessed to be the one who gets to welcome back a woman to the merciful embrace of God the Father take her hand and put it back in the hand of God the Father — after she has admitted to, and repented of, her abortion in the Sacrament of Confession,” he said. “A priest in such a situation has the privilege of assuring the woman that she has never for a single moment lost the love of God the Father, nor her dignity as his beloved daughter of that same God, no matter what she did.”

“A priest who is more concerned about the state of his people’s souls than they are themselves deserves the esteem of his people for his willingness to speak such difficult truth to them with genuine love—to put the welfare of his people’s souls ahead of his own reputation, popularity, or comfort,” Lankeit said. “Such a priest should receive respect, admiration, and support, rather than their resistance or criticism.”

“So please pray for, thank and encourage the spiritual father that God has appointed for you and who loves you enough to tell you the truth with those challenging words. Because the priest who said these particular words is your bishop — and my bishop.”

Can a Catholic Knowingly Vote for a Pro-Abortion Candidate?

By Fr. John Lankeit, Rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral:

Catholic brothers and sisters!

Here’s what Pope Benedict XVI said about voting for pro-abortion politicians and worthiness to receive Holy Communion. So many Catholics refer to this statement as some sort of “green light” to knowingly support a pro-abortion candidate/party, even though they are personally “against” but publicly “for” abortion (based on the way they vote). Read carefully:

“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 favour 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.”

Key words: Proportionate reasons.

I challenge anyone, Catholic or not, to tell me what is “proportionate” to (1) the evil of what abortion is, and (2) the frequency with which it is committed. Let’s consider one proportionate reason that is sometimes raised:

Full-scale biological or nuclear war.

But then, let’s ask ourselves:

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How imminent is full-scale biological or nuclear war, when compared to abortion in which–based on 55 million abortions* per year worldwide–105 babies are being deliberately killed PER MINUTE? When was the last nuclear war? When was the first nuclear war? Is it possible? Of course. Is it likely? Not unless we keep our heads in the sand re: countries like N. Korea and Iran.

On the other hand, considering that it may take 5 minutes to read and digest this post, that’s 525 babies who have just been deliberately killed since you started reading.

FACT: There is NO reason proportionate to abortion. Therefore when a Catholic knowingly, deliberately and freely votes for a pro-abortion politician and party–knowing full-well what abortion is and what it does–the “permission” referred to by Pope Benedict XVI above does not apply.

*And those are just the ones we know about!

A Catholic Priest Walked into Target Today…

By Fr. John Lankeit:

Though I have already signed and FULLY support the American Family Association (AFA) boycott of Target for putting kids (especially little girls) at risk of sexual predators in Target bathrooms, I also took an additional step suggested by an article I read recently on the Target policy.

Fr. John Lankeit takes the Target boycott one step farther.

The article suggested going into your local Target store, asking for the manager and respectfully expressing one’s deep concern and disappointment in the corporate policy. As a Catholic priest and a pastor of a parish with thousands of parishioners and with a TV Mass that reaches many thousands more, I wanted the manager to know that I was not coming in as an isolated individual but on behalf of many Catholics who aren’t going to sit on the sidelines for this one.

So, I met with Joseph, the on-duty store manager, introduced myself and handed him my business card (“God card”). I told him that as an individual, I regularly shopped at this particular store for everything from socks (black of course!) to toiletries to the best orange cranberry nut muffins on the planet. I then explained I have a parish with thousands of parishioners, many of whom, if they take their relationship with Jesus seriously, intend to find alternatives to Target. I “targeted” the corporate policy (instead of saying “you”–as in “you, Joseph”) that puts little girls in danger because any man can, under the “guise” of this policy, hide behind the euphemism “gender” and go into a girls bathroom with impunity.

To put a finer point on the whole conversation I said, “If any organization has learned the hard way the importance of protecting children, it’s the Catholic Church. So you can imagine, this troubling policy hits very close to home for me.”

I think, if anything got his attention, it was THAT comment because it showed a willingness on my “organization’s” part to face reality when grave evil entered into the picture and children were deeply hurt and damaged.

I did not do this today because I have a lot of hope that it will change Target’s policy–that’s what the online petition aims at. I did it because planting the seeds of Truth is not optional for a Catholic–and this conversation with Joseph may have opened HIS mind and heart enough to make him rethink his personal “policy” on the consequences of looking the other way in the face of very evil and immoral activities in our culture…which always, ultimately, damage children the most.

If you REALLY care about this issue, please go in and talk to the manager and your local Target store–RESPECTFULLY and without any “vibe” that makes them feel attacked, personally.

It’s not about changing corporate policy as much as changing the heart of the person in front of you.

I think Jesus would consider this approach to be…”on Target”!