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Bishops, Voting Ethics, and Hypocrisy

Certain few Bishops are guilty of hypocrisy, in that they say to the faithful, in effect: “Do as I say, not as I do.” They tell the faithful not to vote for politicians who support or promote intrinsic evils, such … Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki on Voting Ethics

Bishop Paprocki, in a video posted on YouTube recently, spoke about the 2012 U.S. national elections. Here is a full transcript of the video: 1. “There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic party platform, but I am … Continue reading

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Voting Ethics and Intrinsic Evil

In Roman Catholic moral theology, an act is a knowing choice; it is an exercise of intellect and free will. Every knowingly chosen act is either good or evil; every knowingly chosen act is subject to conscience and to the … Continue reading

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The Next Papal Conclave

“If the Cardinals in the next Conclave elect a black Pope, he would be the first African Pope in over 1500 years, and perhaps the first black Pope ever. But why would the Cardinals have any concern for the ethnicity … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney versus Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Mormonism is not Christianity There has already been some discussion in the media about Mitt Romney’s Mormon problem. The Mormon religion is not branch of Christianity. They do not believe that God is a Trinity; instead, they believe in many … Continue reading

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Can a devout Catholic be elected President?

Any faithful Catholic running for the U.S. presidency is probably not electable. Liberals will not vote for him because he would be against abortion and against gay marriage. A faithful Catholic can have liberal views on a number of issues, … Continue reading

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Illegal Immigration and Slavery

legality versus morality Immigration from one nation to another is not intrinsically evil. The Holy Family immigrated to Egypt from the Holy Land. The Apostles immigrated to various distant nations to spread the Gospel. The faithful have often, throughout the … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic Voting Ethics Revisited

I’ve written on this topic before, but with the elections in the U.S. Presidential primary drawing nearer, I thought it would be good to revisit Catholic teaching on voting. Does the Catholic Church have any definitive teachings on voting? Yes. … Continue reading

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El Paso priest’s ad: the truth about homosexuality

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Michael Rodriguez of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in El Paso, Texas, wrote a four-part advertisement, published in the El Paso Times, on the teaching of the Catholic Church about homosexuality. Here is a link to an article in the … Continue reading

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How should a constitutional amendment banning abortion be worded?

Perhaps the ultimate goal, within the legal aspirations of the pro-life cause, is a U.S. Constitutional Amendment banning abortion. This article considers serious problems that could result if the amendment is not worded correctly. The first problem is the extent … Continue reading

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Voting Ethics: The Three Fonts

The Roman Catholic Magisterium teaches that there are three fonts of morality: (1) intention, (2) moral object, (3) circumstances, and that, in order to be moral, each and every knowingly chosen act must have three good fonts. If any one … Continue reading

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Voting Ethics: USCCB versus Cardinal Burke

There is a conflict between the position of the USCCB, and that of Cardinal Burke, on voting ethics. The USCCB position: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States “34. … Continue reading

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