Cardinal-Designate Raymond Burke
(CNS) -- Bishops must guide their faithful to use their vote to oppose efforts to legalize abortion and euthanasia, Pope Benedict XVI told bishops from Brazil.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The U.S. 2010 Congressional election is sure to be a historic one. There are many issues that face us, but for Catholics there is one issue that is a litmus test for all others. That is the Right to Life.
"Dear brother bishops, to defend life we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world's way of thinking," the pope said Oct. 28 during a meeting with bishops from northeast Brazil...
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The long and short of it is this. If a candidate supports legalized abortion (which is murder of the unborn child), for any reason whatsoever, that candidate is morally defective. Such a candidate is dangerous! Yes, that's right, I said DANGEROUS! Here is the reason why. Any man (or woman) who would so cheapen the life of an innocent child is liable to do far worse on other moral issues. Such a candidate cannot be trusted to "do the right thing" on any issue, because he/she has already stated a willingness to do the wrong thing on the most morally pressing issue of our time. This is the main reason why our government, and our economy, is so screwed up now. We have elected candidates to office who are morally defective, and are unable to do the right thing on so many issues that its left this nation politically and economically shipwrecked. How could we honestly expect it to end up any other way?
Furthermore, the teachings of the Catholic Church are crystal clear. Any candidate who comes out in favor of abortion, for any reason, has just disqualified himself/herself from public office. Any voter who cannot see that is morally blind! Catholics have no excuse. To vote for a pro-abortion (so-called "pro-choice") candidate is to directly violate the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is to commit a mortal sin and cease to be Catholic. There is only one reason that could possibly justify a vote for a pro-abortion candidate, and that is if there is literally no other candidate running who is pro-life. However, in the United States, such situations rarely ever exist. Even if both of the two mainstream party candidates are pro-abortion, one can almost always find a third-party candidate who is pro-life. So in the United States, there is no excuse. If you knowingly vote for pro-abortion candidates, you become an apostate and cease to be Catholic. You have just committed a mortal sin and are now in danger of Hell's fire.
DON'T DO IT!!!
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