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The Catholic Perspective on the Election of 2012

Posted in Politics, Religious Freedom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by authorcarloscardoso

The election of 2012 presents us with multiple issues that pertain to our faith and for the first time the ability to practice it freely. We as Catholics are called to follow our faith and conscience as we reflect on the issues pertaining to our choice of candidates. It is our moral duty to examine the candidates’ positions and beliefs, their consistency with our Church teachings and promoting our values. We are called to be living examples of promoting the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spreading the Churches’ teachings through our actions, words and deeds. The election process is a key example of how we can promote Catholic values through selecting candidates who will embrace and defend our principles.

This election we have several issues that relate directly to our Catholic faith. We have the issue of legalized abortion, protecting the sanctity of life from conception. The Church has always promoted a pro-life position and advocated for us to consider this as we choose our candidates to represent us. We have the issue of protecting the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman as the foundation of society. The Sacrament of Matrimony is clearly defined and celebrated throughout Scripture. The issue of supporting gay marriage runs counter to our beliefs and church teachings throughout the centuries that matrimony is blessed by God and is an instrument of God’s will to bless us with children. The promotion of gay marriage clearly runs counter to our teachings, beliefs and the best interests of society as a whole. We cannot fall into the trap of those who would argue that gay marriage is about discriminating against gays and taking away their rights.

We also have the fight to preserve our first amendment right to Freedom of Religion which for the first time ever in American history is under attack. The Church is being forced to choose between continuing our ongoing mission to provide essential services to the community, through our charitable organizations that serve the poor, our hospitals that serve the sick, our universities that help to promote higher learning and our Christian values and go against our conscience, religious beliefs and church teachings or stop providing these essential services. The pundits have taken to calling this an attack against women when nothing could be further from the truth. This is not about denying women access to contraceptives, but about denying us our God given right to follow our religion and religious positions without interference from the federal government. A major reason why the first immigrants came here was to escape state sponsored religion and establish freedom from government sponsored religion. This is an unprecedented federal government attempt to undermine one of the major tenets of our system of government which provides for freedom to practice our religion free from federal interference, we cannot allow it to be undermined. This is an issue we cannot take lightly as the next president could conceivably be able to choose two Supreme Court Justice Nominees during this next term which could affect the direction of the court for many years to come. We Catholics must stand up united on Election Day defending the positions that define us. We must help this nation find its moral compass so that God may continue to bless this great country.

Obama and the Attack Against Religious Freedom

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2012 by authorcarloscardoso

The Obama administration’s latest attack against the Constitution with Secretary Sebellius forcing religious institutions to have to pay for things against their beliefs is a blatant attack not only against the Catholic Church but the First Amendment. The uproar caused the administration to reconsider its position and offer an alternative while saying they can go no further. The audacity and argument is arrogant especially coming from a President who taught Constitutional Law. The First Amendment is clear, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. This so called compromise of not forcing The Church to pay for the coverage but requiring the insurance companies to pay for it is another example of this President’s political posturing. The church which employs many Americans in supplying needed social services such as universities of higher learning, hospitals and charity services to the poor has reacted to this outrage led by the Catholic Bishops threatening legal action. The administration’s so called compromise was a ruse and an outright lie. The President knows the constitution bars the federal government from this mandate and both Secretary Sebellius and President Obama must be held accountable. This is not an argument about the availability of contraceptions or the morning after pill being available to women as Secretary Sebellius has argued. This is an orchestrated attack on the Constitution of the United States. Our liberties are being attacked through monstrous legislation such as the Affordable Patient Healthcare Act. Remember then Speaker Pelosi saying we had to pass this bill to find out what was in it. It seems the more we learn the more we see why this bill was written to be thousands of pages long to hide government intrusion on our liberties and freedoms. People of good conscience must stand together to fight to retain our freedoms and restrain the government as our Constitution was intended to do. The argument cannot be allowed to be framed in the context of healthcare choices and or availability. This is a direct attack on our right to freedom of religion being beyond the power of the federal government to interfere in. All Americans of all Christian denominations and believers in our Republic and its values must stand united against this affront to all of us. The view of President Obama who called the Constitutiton a document of negative liberty because it retained the power in the hands of the people and not the federal government is out of touch with our founding values and the majority of patriotic Americans across this land. When one listens to the words of Supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg telling the Egyptian people not to model their constitution after ours, saying there are better more modern ones to choose from is reprehensible conduct and shows we must free ourselves from these people. The attack by Obama and his cohorts must be stopped. The Constitution must be defended, clearly the actions and statements of President Obama, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebellius and Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg are grounds for their dismissal. The Constitution allows for changes and as such is a living document through the amendment process, not by legislative action, executive orders or judicial activism. Washington must be purged of these people who do not believe in our Constitution and are clearly not defending or upholding it which is their responsibility and the oath they took. The line has been crossed and we must take our country back in November and return to the limited government our founding fathers gave us. Benjamin Franklin when asked what kind of government they had given us after the Constitutional Convention answered, ” A republic ma’am if you can keep it.” The time has come for us to join together to ensure we keep it for ourselves and our posterity.