by John Mallon
A remarkable statement. Moral judgements not only have no place in public policy, it is "ludicrous" to make them... Feminist thought at its best...
BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | Morning-after pill 'scandal':
"Liz Byrne McCullough of the Family Planning Association said it was 'an absolute scandal'.
'It is a statutory requirement by health providers. It is ludicrous if people are making moral judgements,' she added. "
by John Mallon
For Immediate Release:
Catholics Announce Convention on Voting "Authentically Catholic" for Eve of Democratic Convention
July 20, 2004 (Newton, MA and Minneapolis, MN). Catholic leaders announced today they will hold their own convention on July 25, immediately before the Democratic National Convention begins in Boston, to urge citizens and politicians to vote according to the pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor teachings of the Catholic Church. “Election 2004: How to Vote Authentically Catholic” taking place in Cambridge, MA, will feature prominent Catholics including Fr. Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life, one of the nation’s largest organizations opposed to abortion.
With 30 million Catholics eligible to vote in the 2004 election, this constituency is an important one being courted by both political parties. The issue of how the Catholic Church should treat Catholic candidates who support abortion has resulted in considerable debate amongst the church laity and hierarchy.
In a note directed to the Bishops of the Catholic Church, to Catholic politicians and all lay members of the faithful, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published a Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life.
"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." Thus, Catholic politicians were told not to vote in ways which contradict what Catholic religious leaders inform them about Catholic faith and morals.
The Doctrinal Note also quoted St. Thomas More, who refused to compromise, never forsaking the "constant fidelity to legitimate authority and institutions" which distinguished him; he taught by his life and his death that "man cannot be separated from God, nor politics from morality."
The convention on voting authentically Catholic is intended to rebuild Christ’s Church and our mission to hand our children the custody of a nation of justice, based upon moral order.
Keynote speaker, Fr. Pavone concurs, saying, “Confusion often leads some people to conclude that all moral issues are equal, or that it suffices for one's opposition to abortion to be ‘private and personal’ rather than public. '…The Bishops have declared that ‘The killing of an unborn child is always intrinsically evil and can never be justified.’ This cannot be said about war, capital punishment, or particular policy decisions that do not contradict fundamental moral principles. Moreover, some stands that public officials take can be sinful. Catholics need to know the facts, so they can vote accordingly.”
Event organizers, William Hobbib and Carol McKinley, further backed Fr. Pavone and the Bishops, saying, “It is unacceptable for so-called ‘Catholic’ politicians to invoke their Catholic background to appeal to Catholic voters while discarding church teaching on key issues such as defending the unborn and most vulnerable in our society, and supporting traditional marriage.''
The event will also feature talks by Ret. Judge Joseph Nolan, former Massachussetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice and Marc Balestrieri (http://defide.com/), a Los Angeles-based canon lawyer and expert in defense of Church doctrine. Educational materials to support voter registration and voter education efforts will be available, and the group will also launch a new educational video on “Voting Catholic” to a national audience.
Hobbib and McKinley continued, “Our goal in the event is to help educate Catholics about what it really means to vote ‘Catholic’ in 2004, and also support the pro-life, pro-family positions of candidates for local and national office.”
While this is primarily a Catholic event, people of all faiths are welcome. It will take place at the MIT Faculty Club, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge from 3-5pm and is free of charge. “Election 2004: How to Vote Authentically Catholic” is sponsored by Vote Catholic (http://www.votecatholic.org/) and by Authentic Catholic Vote 2004, and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate.