In the 2008 presidential election, exit polls stated that “Catholic voters” favored Obama over McCain. Poll pundits have used the so-called Catholic vote as one of many groups in their demographic analysis of voting trends and predictions.
But did a majority of Catholics really support someone who is diametrically opposed to key aspects of the faith’s foundation? The confounding results of ’08 can be understood in light of the Administration’s most prominent “Catholics” and other supporters of the President who claim to be members of the 2,000 year-old religion.
As with any organization which has survived the test of time, the Church continues because it has a clearly defined mission. The mission is driven by specific tenets in its foundation of beliefs. The body of core beliefs is, by basic logic, to be embraced by anyone representing himself as a member. Alas, the names of Biden, Pelosi and Sebelius are a disturbing contrast to Ryan who is committed to his faith enough to practice it, even in the face of ridicule.
In the half-century since the days of President Kennedy, the U.S. citizenry has generally graduated from its over-reactionary concern that any Catholic president would make executive decisions on direct orders from the Pope. However, the secular ideologues have successfully transformed our nation from one guided by well-formed consciences to one driven by lower animal instincts. In the process, any true Catholic in a position of political influence is labelled as against women, intolerant, insensitive, etc. which couldn’t be further from the truth.
The genuine Catholic holds several core beliefs including:
1) the right to life for all human beings from conception to natural death
2) the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman
3) freedom of religion, its practice not just worship
#1) Paul Ryan’s views are much more similar to Mitt Romney’s (a Mormon) than to the previously mentioned “Catholics.” Opposition to abortion is not a “War on Women.” If anything, abortion is the war on 500,000+ female babies every year who never get to see the light of day under the auspices of “preventive care.” Ryan also knows that respect for the dignity of human life goes beyond ensuring a safe birth and a natural death because both are due to respect for our Creator. He understands that the government should do those things which individuals cannot do for themselves. It is not a carte blanche entitlement, but a responsibility to help without being an enabler. It’s a responsibility that understands that any assistance given must not endanger the government’s ability to help future generations. The Biden-Pelosi-Sebelius (BPS) trio and other influential “Catholics” misrepresent the faith entirely on these matters. In the case of Pelosi, she has publicly claimed that the Church is not sure when human life begins. Absurd! The Church teaches anyone paying attention in the least that the sacred gift of life begins at conception. In addition, the BPS has shown an unrestrained desire to implement any program to ensure loyalty of their followers. The HHS mandate indicates not only a lack of respect for the dignity of human life via provided abortion and abortifacients, but a fiscal disregard for future generations by compounding federal debt.
#2) Ryan’s opposition to granting same-sex unions the complete status of one man and one woman marriages is not intolerance. Rather, it is a complete understanding of the basic unit of society — the family. Marriage was instituted by God through religion. If one is an atheist or agnostic, he must still recognize that marriage originated from religion, not from the state. Marriage is based on natural law and thus pre-dates civil law; consequently, civil law has no authority to redefine it. To accommodate disordered behavior, even if from genetic aberrations, will produce an enabling society. Such a society would, therefore, automatically be compelled to assist other “uncontrollable habits” such as alcoholism, other substance abuses, and even addiction to heterosexual desires.
#3) The free practice of religion is another inalienable right. That is, it is one which the state has no authority over, pure and simple. To impose mandates such as the insurance plan offered by HHS, without regard for deeply held moral beliefs, puts the state over religion.
Following so-called Catholics like the BPS puts us on a dangerous track with numerous historical disasters. The doomed societies of ancient times (the Roman Empire, Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.) have one thing in common with the failed ideologues of the 20th century (Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, etc.). They egregiously discarded the three points above.
My final plea to all Catholics on this, the day before a momentous election: Vote as if your faith means something — support the Romney/Ryan ticket! The past could have benefitted from these values. Let’s make sure the future has the same opportunities we’ve been given.