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Friday, October 17, 2008

U.S. Bishops To Catholic Voters - DEFEND THE UNBORN!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? Never before has there been such a unanimous set of statements from the pope, the Vatican, and bishops within the United States. Their message to Catholic voters is unified - Defend the unborn and vote Pro-Life. It's as if everything is on the line, as if America chooses her eternal destiny in this election. Will we push the cause of life forward or backward. How long can Americans endure this holocaust on abortion before God brings down upon us the wages we have earned? The message of the pope and bishops is clear. If you're a Catholic, you MUST vote Pro-Life, or else you forfeit your faith on the alter of "moral relativism." You can't be Catholic and "Pro-Choice" on abortion. Never before has the Church spoken with such unanimity on this. It's as if a voice is crying out in the wilderness - a voice of warning. As Americans go to the polls, I'm beginning to wonder if God will be doing his own poll on election day. When all the votes are counted, will he once again stretch down his mighty finger, and this time write on the wall of our own capitol building: "MENE, TEKEL, PERES." (see Daniel 5).
(CNA).- Bishop Robert J. Herman, the administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has written a column reminding Catholics that their vote will be a decision weighed on the Day of Judgment. He urged Catholics not to treat the unborn as the neglectful rich man treated Lazarus in the biblical parable.

“Judgment Day is on its way,” the bishop wrote in the St. Louis Review. “We cannot stop it. We don’t know when it will come, but just as surely as the sun rises daily, the Son of Man will come when we least expect.”

“For many, this coming election may very well be judgment day, for this election will measure us,” he continued, referencing Christ’s words of judgment in Matthew 10:32-33:

“Everyone who acknowledges Me before others, I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Bishop Herman asked the faithful to consider what kind of witness they give to God when they enter the voting booth on Election Day.

“The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble,” the bishop wrote....

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( - In these final weeks before the American election, many US bishops are working hard to leave Catholics no doubt of where they must stand on the abortion issue when it comes to the ballot box.

Bishops Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, Robert Hermann of St. Louis, and Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore have all penned strongly worded columns on abortion in the last few days, calling on their flocks to vote pro-life and to support the pro-life cause more generally, describing the November election as one that comes down to "saving our children or killing our children." "This," says Bishop Hermann in the St. Louis Review, "is the overriding issue facing each of us."

The letters provide no room for equivocation or rationalization. "All other issues ... have to take second place to the issue of life," writes Bishop Hermann, whose article particularly targets "so-called good Catholics," regular church-goers who receive the Eucharist but "are quite ready to vote for a pro-abortion candidate under almost any circumstance."

The bishops agree that everything is on the line.

They are unanimous in their approach to the coming election. "Do some of our so-called good Catholics, who may go to Mass every Sunday and receive the Holy Eucharist, really believe that voting for a pro-abortion candidate, when there is a clear alternative and therefore no justifiable reason for so doing, is really not voting to have children killed?" questions Bishop Hermann. "This election is all about saving our children!..."

".....Our country," warns Bishop Finn, "is at the edge of the precipice concerning the protection of the life and dignity of the human person. A significant new attack on innocent human life will likely send us into a moral freefall that would rival any financial decline. The price for such a 'walk over the cliff' is millions more human lives for many more years to come........"

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