An update, from Brian Burch, on CatholicVote.org’s activities as the crucial mid-term election draws near. In short, it is doing a lot, targeting several races, trying to bring a pro-life majority to Congress.
Dear Catholic Voter:
Our radio ads are running everywhere.
In Nevada, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois . . . voters are hearing from you.
In the race to replace retiring Rep. Bart Stupak with pro-life doctor Dan Benishek, Michigan voters are hearing from us.
In the hotly contested Nevada Senate race to defeat Harry Reid, voters are hearing from CatholicVote.org;
In Virginia, where pro-life candidate Robert Hurt is running to defeat the founder of the left-wing group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good — voters are hearing from us;
In Illinois and Wisconsin, we are running more ads to help elect pro-life candidates Sean Duffy (WI) and Bobby Schilling (IL) in two of the most watched races in the country.
Together we made the decision to get involved in supporting specific candidates. Helping educate our fellow Catholics is important, but we chose to go further. We want to elect the candidates best positioned to help us renew our country and our culture.
That’s why we’re on the air all week urging voters to make the difference on Election Day.
Pope Benedict XVI elevated two Americans to Cardinal this week, including Archbishop Raymond Burke. This is good news. Archbishop Burke has been at the forefront of defending the faith from those within the Church who would water it down to the point of meaninglessness. In 2004, as Archbishop of St. Louis, he warned Catholic politicians, such as Senator John Kerry, who defend abortion, to refrain from receiving Holy Eucharist. While angering many, including a host of his brother bishops, he spoke the truth and defended Church teaching. In recent years, he has headed the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, which is the Vatican equivilant of the Supreme Court (see Greg Burke’s LiveShots blog at FoxNews.com). Upon his elevation, he said in part:
I am deeply humbled and honored by the announcement that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI intends to name me to the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church at the Consistory which he has convoked for this coming November 20th. Having received the news of the Holy Father’s intention, I express my deepest gratitude to His Holiness for the great confidence which he has placed in me, and I renew my commitment to serve Him, as Shepherd of the universal Church, in total fidelity and with all my being.
The October Freedom Ride will call for freedom from the oppression of unjust laws and policies. Taking place just a few weeks before our national elections, the Freedom Ride will call in a non-partisan way for citizens to take an active and informed part in the elections and advance the culture of life in the voting booth. On these upcoming webcasts, you will receive ideas and inspiration to do that.
Secularism is at the heart of Benedict’s concerns. By this the Pope does not mean the delimitation of Church and State, the sacred and profane — which is intrinsic to Christian culture as well as political society since the Reformation — but the amnesiac eradication of one of the principal roots of Western civilisation and the deliberate marginalisation of all religion to the private sphere. In its stead has come a society that thinks its existential despairs can be ameliorated by limitless consumer goods, or worse, by a state that racks up fathomless amounts of debt so as to throw money at problems that may have no material resolution.
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Not only is Great Britain the country where so much damage was done to Christianity in centuries long past, its unfortunate cultural and moral decay has influenced Western and, specifically, English speaking countries. It bares it share of responsibility for the this era’s moral and cultural decline. Pope Benedict’s visit was a bucket of cold water across the faces of the purveyors of coarse culture and moral relativisim — the thousands of ignorant as well as purposeful protestors who fruitlessly demonstrated during his time there.
If he made them uncomfortable, good. Their anger, then, was less about the Pope than against their self-installed dictatorship of relativism, an intangible tyrant that tortures their souls. It’s a pain the unfaithful find sufferable in order to experience a false sense of freedom and pleasure, despite the harm to their spiritual health.
Pope Benedict addressed this. He spoke politely, but emphatically — or, as Michael Voris puts it, he was cheeky, giving the Brits more than enough to reflect on.
Oh, Henry! The cheeky pope had a historic and successful mission in the land of Henry VIII .
Catholic Vote, recognized for its creative, well produced and thought-provoking ads, promises more of the same, especially as election time draws near, and Catholics are called to make informed decisions as to who should represent us in government. While this ad doesn’t strike me as up to the standards of its past work, that is a pretty high standard. I look forward to seeing its next releases.
CatholicVote.org celebrates its two-year anniversary with a new Web site and another glossy, attention-grabbing ad.
Early this morning, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) conceded defeat in the Alaska Republican primary to unheralded challenger Joe Miller. Mr. Miller, a West Point graduate, Persian Gulf War combat veteran, Ivy League law school graduate, attorney and former state and federal judge, was more than 20 points down in the most recent polls leading up to Tuesday’s election. However, he led by only 1,700 votes after voting ended, but 15,000 absentee ballots had to be counted, and a recount was in the offing. However, as the ballots were counted, Senator Murkowski saw that she was not gaining and conceded defeat.
Although Catholic Democrats come under most public criticism for this by the faithful (because most Democrats are pro-abortion), there are CINO (Catholics In Name Only) RINOs as well (Republicans In Name Only), and both gladly trade on their Catholicism for votes while refusing to uphold the principle of Life.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the Archbishop of Montreal and now Pope Benedict’s newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation for Bishops said this recently, directed to his fellow bishops:
(Bishops) need spiritual discernment and not just political calculation of the risk of the possibility of the message being received. … We have to dare to speak to the deep heart, where the Spirit of the Lord is touching people beyond what we can calculate.
It makes perfect sense: How can anyone think they can gain more souls for the Lord by circumventing His Word? There is no way to comprehend His plan and how He touches peoples’ hearts. Our bishops are to ensure their flocks are getting and comprehending His Word and not worry about what people think of it. God will take care of the rest.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet tells the bishops to end calculation and return to The Truth. Stop telling the people what you think they want to hear and tell The Truth, for it is The Truth and The Truth alone that saves.