Pro-Life Issues and Action
St. Thomas Aquinas taught that man's highest good has to do
with reason, not passions. Organizations and people who are endorsing
Bush-Cheney do so without reason themselves, and appeal only to passions in
There is no reason behind these appeals. We know objectively that
Bush-Cheney policies have killed our own people and others while conducting a
war built upon lies and unchecked power. This war, and their failure to protect
the environment, our families, children, and the poor, prove their lack of
concern for life. They appoint as judges people guilty of serious wrongdoing,
and they profess "pro-life," solely to appeal to the passions of some Catholics
and others. They disregard the fact that all lives are inviolable.
Catechism teaches that conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human
person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act. The present leadership
exhibits a dead or hardened conscience, without regard for moral
Most Catholics agree with the majority of John Kerry's
positions, and know that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger cites this as proper reason
to vote for a candidate.
Unlike the Bush-Cheney religious base -- the
Pat Robertsons, Jerry Falwells, and Sun Myung Moons of this world -- Catholics
do not separate conscience from the moral quality of a concrete act. By turning
a blind eye to the whole effect of endorsing Bush-Cheney, MCCL and others deaden
John Kerry will bring hope of re-opening the system and
providing social and financial support for those faced with a life decision. The
Kerry-Edwards platform includes extending affordable, high-quality medical
coverage to 95 percent of Americans, including every child. Their policies speak
to a renewed respect for life and reason in our nation and the world affected by
John Kerry is anti-abortion.
A vote for John Kerry,
himself a Catholic, is a reasoned and moral act, sanctifying life and dignifying
ourselves as individuals.
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