I turned on the news tonight and saw a debate on the importance of the abortion question in this presidential election.  There were representatives from both campaigns detailing the history of their candidates records on life issues, and explaining the importance of their position to the future direction of the United States.The democratic representative discussed Senator Obama’s vote in the Illinois Senate opposing the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, explaining that in his judgment, it was more important in the big picture to protect the “right” of women to kill their children than to support the right of a living, breathing baby who was after all “unwanted” to receive medical attention.  He also defended Obama’s perfect record of supporting Planned Parenthood and NARAL as essential to keeping the pro-life movement from making it more difficult for a mother to exercise her “right” to kill her unborn child.The republican representative explained John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s view that life begins at the moment of conception and from that time forward, that child is entitled to all of the rights and protections as the rest of us.  They also underscored that Roe vs. Wade is bad law and bad policy, and they would nominate judges who would strictly interpret the written US Constitution and not define it as a living, breathing document in which the founding fathers hadn’t  intended a panel of nine citizens to make new laws because they felt it was “better for the country.”

The above is of course pure fiction.  The Obama campaign and their willing accomplices in the media are doing everything they can to not allow these critical differences to get any attention.   One reason is that Catholic voters (and many others) seduced by the rhetoric about fairness, healthcare and justice are completely at odds with Obama’s record and devastating policies regarding the culture of death.

While the intent of this blog is primarily Catholicism and a Father’s role in raising Catholic Children, there is no more important question for Catholics at this time than the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.   Unfortunately, most registered Catholics don’t recognize that fact, and the less discussion there is on these issues, the more likely it is that American voters will make not make a decision that is pleasing to God.  For this reason, I will focus this blog over the next few weeks on helping to inform the conscience of the Catholic voter and the responsibility to consider the paramount issue of life even if the candidates and media refuse to give it any air time.

The cover used by many Catholics to justify their vote against the sanctity of life is that their are plenty of evils in the world, and as long as there are, I can justify my vote by identifying other wrongs on which they believe their candidate is stronger.   For example, I recently received an email from a young Catholic man whom I know personally and respect.  He said

The issue of life is a very important issue to me, as it is to all catholics, but I sit here and look at the direction our country is going
in and wonder if that should be our only deciding factor.We are so concerned with sins of the pelvis but become blind to the sins against justice. We live in a country that should be able to take care of its own but we are more concerned about the oil industry and the drug companies to help our common man. What you do for the least of my people you do for me. We have had an anti-abortion president for the last eights years and what gains have we made on that issue. Pro-life is more then just anti-abortion, it is all life: the people dying because of no or inadequate health care, the people of Sudan dying because our government is more concerned with having a muslim ally and the oil found in its ground, people on death row even thought they may deserve it we should not be the ones to judge who lives and who dies and the people who have died in Iraq, both our brave soldiers and those innocent lives taken in the name of weapons of mass destruction. I really hope this election doesn’t
come down to a single issue. I am voting with my conscience and I am not voting for more of the same.

This unfortunately is an example of moral relativism, and it is inconsistent with the teaching of the Church on this issue. Pope John Paul II said

“The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.”

This is an inconvenient truth for many Catholics, but it is a non-negotiable reality and responsibility for Catholic voters.

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