An attempt to recapture the Catholic vote has been launched by Democratic supporters. A new 2006 Voter Guide has been put out by "Catholic in Alliance for the Common Good" (CACG) a group headed up by Alexia Kelley who in 2004 worked as a religion advisor to John Kerry in the closing weeks of his campaign. An initial printing of one million copies of "Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics" will be distributed nationwide through on-the-ground organizers and partner networks in all 50 states, says CACG. The groups admits in a press release that the new voter guide is a response to the original "Catholic Voters Guide" issued by Catholic Answers last year.
The new voter guide has been described as "slick" by the Catholic League for its deceptive wording which falsely leads Catholics to consider abortion as just one of many important social justice issues to be taken into account when electing politicians.
Commenting on the new 12-page booklet, Catholic League president Bill Donohue said "The voter guide is a slick attempt to get the abortion albatross off the necks of Catholic Democrats, but it's a failed effort-the noose is still there. Instead of listening to James Carville and Paul Begala, who have counseled Democrats to drop their opposition to parental notification laws and their support for keeping partial-birth abortion legal, the best Catholics in Alliance can do is say it is opposed to abortion. But it makes it painfully clear that it will never join any effort to ban any abortions, including partial-birth."...
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This particular voter's guide ( a perversion of Catholic teaching) is in direct violation with the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Ratzinger, issued the following statements under the direction of Pope John Paul II:
"A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals."
"laws must defend the basic right to life from conception to natural death . . . Analogously, the family needs to be safeguarded and promoted based on monogamous marriage between a man and a woman."
There can be no room for doubt when the official Catholic voting guide, issued by the USCCB, has this to say about the matter:
We urge Catholics and others to promote laws and social policies that protect human life and promote human dignity to the maximum degree possible. Laws that legitimize abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia are profoundly unjust and immoral.The "Catholics in Alliance" voters' guide (see here) is a heretical sham! It's designed specifically to do one thing and one thing only -- to distort the teachings of the Catholic Church with the intent of confusing Catholic voters. In other words, the liberals are just showing their true colors again. In creating such a deception, they reveal their own perception of Catholic voters. They see them as people who can be easily misled, redirected, and ultimately controlled through lies and half-truths. It sure is revealing to see what kind of supporters the Democratic Party has been scraping from the bottom of the barrel lately.
We support constitutional protection for unborn human life, as well as legislative efforts to end abortion and euthanasia.
We encourage the passage of laws and programs that promote childbirth and adoption over abortion and assist pregnant women and children.
We support aid to those who are sick and dying by encouraging health care coverage for all as well as effective palliative care.
We call on government and medical researchers to base their decisions regarding biotechnology and human experimentation on respect for the inherent dignity and inviolability of human life from its very beginning, regardless of the circumstances of its origin...