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11 Bishops Tell Catholic Voters That Abortion Is Top Moral IssueOctober 19, 2020 | Joseph Gensens 

Church teaching is unambiguous: Abortion is always immoral and cannot be supported. Ahead of the November elections, numerous bishops have issued statements to remind Catholics of their duty to vote according to the Church’s moral teachings.

All Catholics should practice their Faith in private as well as in public. There is a tendency among Catholic politicians, however, to serve Cesar and abandon Christ. These renegade Catholics are easy to spot because they support moral evils such as same-sex “marriage” and abortion.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” which states:

“Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion…”

Furthermore, the USCCB mentions abortion as a top issue. “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.”

The following cardinals and bishops offer guidance for Catholic voters:

Raymond Cardinal Burke, former Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, warned that politicians who call themselves “Catholic” but support abortion cannot receive Holy Communion. Referring to a politician who who presents himself as a practicing Catholic, Cardinal Burke explains:

“So, first of all, I would tell him not to approach Holy Communion out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege, and a danger to the salvation of his own soul.”

“This is not a political statement,” continued Cardinal Burke. “I don’t intend to get involved in recommending any candidate for office, but simply to state that a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil and therefore to in any way support the act is a mortal sin.”

Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, released a statement—Priority at the Polls—reminding Catholics why abortion is a top issue.

“The enormous number of human lives destroyed by abortion is one factor that elevates its importance. The most recent available data indicates over 2,000 children per day die from abortion in the United States. Since abortion was legalized in 1973, over 61 million children have been killed—and untold numbers of women and men suffer in the aftermath.”

Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr., Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, addresses his flock in a letter:

“First, voting is a moral act that requires a well-formed conscience and the exercise of prudence. Our conscience does not determine what is right or wrong—God does! Our conscience tells us whether our actions are consistent with what his Law teaches is right or wrong.”

The bishop’s pastoral letter continues: “A Catholic voter would do well to weigh a candidate’s position on each of these essential God-given rights that government has a duty to protect, beginning with the right to life.”

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Writing in the Denver Catholic, Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, Colorado, emphasizes that Catholics must consider moral issues as they go to the polls.

“Essential for every Catholic to fulfill his or her duty as a citizen is knowing where candidates stand on the issues of life, family and religious freedom. It is not possible to be a Catholic in good standing and support abortion or assisted suicide, to promote unnatural sexuality, or to seek to push people of faith out of the public square.”

Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, issued a letter to Catholics affirming that “Respect for life IS the issue.”

“To follow one’s conscience does not mean following one’s feelings,” affirms Bishop Zubik. “It means praying over, studying about and looking at the big picture of ‘life issues’ beginning with conception.”

Most Rev. Alfred Schlert, Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania, reminds his flock that “a Catholic voter is to approach the ballot box with the defense of innocent human life uppermost in his/her mind and conscience. As voters, we must carefully examine our consciences to determine if our vote cooperates with a candidate’s promotion of the grave sins of abortion and euthanasia.”

Continues Bishop Schlert: “Some may see these words of guidance as an intrusion into the political arena. To the contrary, the Church and her bishops have a serious obligation and right to participate in public discourse and to assist the faithful in properly forming their consciences to be able to participate fully, with free and informed will, in the moral and civic act of voting.”

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Most Rev. Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, states that “the pastor’s role is to teach and preach the Faith, so that all may vote with an informed conscience, even as we acknowledge that no individual or party can ever represent the totality of our values and beliefs.”

On the abortion issue, His Excellency speaks clearly: “The Catholic Church has always condemned procured abortion as a very grave and intrinsic evil because it destroys human life in its most initial stage of development and fragile state of vulnerability.”

Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archbishop of Saint Louis, Missouri, underscores the preeminent importance of abortion:

“If you don’t hold that abortion is the preeminent moral issue of our time, and if you don’t struggle to justify voting for a candidate whose record or policy would favor or even expand abortion, then you probably aren’t forming a Catholic conscience in preparation to vote.”

His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, is one of the voices calling Catholics to oppose the sin of abortion.

Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas, is emphatic:

“Every procured abortion is intrinsically immoral – always and everywhere wrong. Thus, our absolute opposition to legalized abortion must be the first of the preeminent issues we consider in voting. Any candidate or political party which promotes abortion is precluded from any further consideration for a Catholic voter.”

His Excellency continues: “I urge the faithful in this diocese to realize that anyone who directly promotes abortion is not acceptable for leadership in our society.”

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Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio, issued a letter to his flock:

“The consistent teaching of the Church regarding the intrinsic evil of abortion seeks to secure all other rights as well. We are not a ‘single issue’ Church; there are other extremely important rights that we must defend, to be sure; but these additional rights flow from and are rooted in the fundamental right to life itself.”

Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, published a column in the Catholic Times titled “Keep in mind abortion remains ‘preeminent’ issue in upcoming election.”

“To say that an issue is ‘preeminent’ does not mean that it is the only issue, but that it surpasses all others in importance,” Bishop Paprocki explains. “It is preeminent in that it is the basic human right on which all other rights depend. After all, if a baby is killed before birth, that person will never be able to exercise any other human rights.”

Objective truth informs our conscience, not personal feelings.

“Liberal voices often argue that in rebelling against Church teaching on abortion and homosexuality they are following the dictates of conscience. However, conscience is not the source of morality,” explains a 2004 statement by the American TFP.

“The objective norm of morality is God’s law known to us through our rational nature (natural law) and by divine revelation (divine positive law). Therefore, although our conscience perceives the natural moral law and makes it present to us in order to guide our action, it does not create this law.”

May God protect our beloved nation from the evils of the homosexual revolution, abortion, and socialism. Let us pray for America’s true conversion.

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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard
against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all other evil spirits who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

There is a wisdom among the spiritually mature, [it is] not a wisdom of this age
nor of the rulers of this age, who are men headed for destruction.
What we utter is God’s wisdom, a mysterious, a hidden wisdom.1 Corinthians 2:7-10a

Ask for this Wisdom to guide you through this Valley of Joy and Tears.

See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God! Yet that is what we are. Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.

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“What Happened”

Editor’s Comment: What did you vote for?

Here is one person’s comment found on the internet.

I am not voting for a man. I am voting for the principles for which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for Constitutional government. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on Biblical principles. I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated. I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place, so that a few heavily populated liberal centers do not control the elections. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after.

What’s Happening

The Wisdom of some political leaders

Since Roe vs Wade, there have been some political leaders (past and present) concerning the life of a child in the womb is this: if you wish, and for whatever reason, the baby can be killed.

As “Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has said: Killing a baby is “a sacred act.” Those who support this line of reasoning should stop and think: Is this belief something I should support?

Needless to say, killing a baby is an act against God.

The body and soul which God has created is sacred. It is not God’s wish to kill what He has created.

We have seen for ourselves, and can testify, that the Father has sent the Son as savior of the world. When anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God. A reading from 1 John 4:14-15

After the election you might wonder, how much do those in the leadership of our “political parties” dwell in God? hmm.

Pray for our new president that he will attempt to end abortion in our Nation that we are born to live a “life, liberty and the pursut of happness.”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Lady of Good Success

Prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success About Our Times April 19, 2000 TFP.org 

     “At the end of the nineteenth century and throughout
a great part of the twentieth, many heresies will be propagated…”  

During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Our Lady of Good Success appeared in Quito, Ecuador to a Spanish nun whose little-known but extraordinary life has a direct connection with our days, [today November 2019].

The Pope’s “infallibility will be declared a dogma of Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the mystery of my Immaculate Conception. He will be persecuted and imprisoned in the Vatican through the usurpation of the Pontifical States and through the malice, envy, and avarice of an earthly monarch.”

“Unbridled passions will give way to a total corruption of customs because Satan will reign through the Masonic sects, targeting the children in particular to insure general corruption.

“Unhappy, the children of those times! Seldom will they receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. As for the sacrament of Penance, they will confess only while attending Catholic schools, which the devil will do his utmost to destroy by means of persons in authority.

“The same will occur with Holy Communion. Oh, how it hurts me to tell you that there will be many and enormous public and hidden sacrileges!

“In those times, the sacrament of Extreme Unction will be largely ignored.… Many will die without receiving it, being thereby deprived of innumerable graces, consolation, and strength in the great leap from time to eternity.

“The sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin, thus multiplying the birth of illegitimate children without the Church’s blessing….

“Secular education will contribute to a scarcity of priestly and religious vocations.”

“The holy sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this both the Church and God Himself are oppressed and reviled, since He is represented by His priests.“The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of Satan will cause enormous suffering to the good pastors of the Church…and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is King and Father.”

“Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding. But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground.

“At the end of the nineteenth century and throughout a great part of the twentieth, many heresies will be propagated in these lands.…

“The small number of souls who will secretly safeguard the treasure of Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable, and long martyrdom. Many will descend to their graves through the violence of suffering and will be counted among the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country and the Church.

“To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….

“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license.… Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women.

“He who should speak seasonably will remain silent. [Editor’s note: During this time, some important hierarchy did not meet the needs and speak for the Church.] 

“There shall be scarcely any virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity will seek refuge in the cloisters.…Without virginity, fire from heaven will be needed to purify these lands.

“Sects, having permeated all social classes, will find ways of introducing themselves into the very heart of homes to corrupt the innocence of children. The children’s hearts will be dainty morsels to regale the devil.…

“Religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with courage for the salvation of souls.… The secular clergy will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God and will become devoted to money, seeking it too earnestly.

“Then will the Church, joyful and triumphant like a young girl, reawaken and be comfortably cradled in the arms of my most dear and elect son of those times. If he lends an ear to the inspirations of grace–one of which will be the reading of these great mercies that my Son and I have had toward you–we shall fill him with graces and very special gifts and will make him great on earth and much greater in Heaven. There we have reserved a precious seat for him because, heedless of men, he will have fought for truth and ceaselessly defended the rights of the Church, deserving to be called ‘martyr.’”

“Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of my most holy Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times by sending to His Church the Prelate who shall restore the spirit of her priests.”