Friday, October 29, 2010

An Open Letter To Politicians

We are Catholic and we are American. You will be in our prayers and we promise to pray for you as you serve us. Our nation is struggling financially, yet we still have hope that things will get better. Yet, we believe that the nation's recovery should not come at the cost of the principles that have made our nation strong. While the economy is extremely important, we can not abandon the ideas that define us as a nation and expect to be a great society.

With that being said, we have quite a bit to ask of you.
Our hope is you will consider our words carefully.
  • We are Catholics first. We may be Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, etc. Many of us do not claim a political party. Regardless, we will never abandon our faith for the purposes of politics. Being Catholic is not defined by political party affiliation.
  • As elected representatives, you work for us. We do not work for you.
  • Abortion isn't just another issue. It is the primary issue, unlike any other of our time.
  • We will not ignore other attacks on life and family - euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, cloning, same-sex marriage, torture, etc.
  • We will not forget the poor, the disenfranchised, immigrants, the elderly, the young, the disabled or any other group that society might not champion. Nor will we allow you to forget them either.
  • We take our responsibility to be good citizens very seriously.
  • We will look past the rhetoric, the slogans, and the ads. We will look for integrity, character, ethical behavior, and honesty.
  • We expect that you will see your position as a great responsibility to serve and not one of mere authority.
  • We ask that you implement policies that protect life, family, true freedom, and just laws.
  • Our country needs you to be holy. If we are to start to rise again, then common sense dictates our leaders become examples for us to rally around. Being holy is the only option.
  • If you are a Catholic, you have a special obligation to follow the Church's teachings, in addition to your obligation to defend and uphold the Constitution. Neither are optional once you are in office. The "personally opposed" argument is a smoke-screen and we see right through it. 
  • Please don't abandon your faith in order to win an election, make a political deal, stay high in an opinion poll or make money. It is not worth it for you or us.
  • We will encourage our fellow citizens to vote and to give you their feedback and opinion.
  • We appreciate your service to our country and to us. We promise to pray for you, support you, challenge you, and expect a lot from you.
"It must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single isolated aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility towards the common good."
—Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"For the Christian people of America conversion to the Gospel means to revise "all the different areas and aspects of life, especially those related to the social order and the pursuit of the common good." It will be especially necessary "to nurture the growing awareness in society of the dignity of every person and, therefore, to promote in the community a sense of the duty to participate in political life in harmony with the Gospel.""
—Pope John Paul II
Thank you and God Bless,
-Marcel LeJeune - Aggie Catholics
-Kevin Knight - NewAdvent.org
-Matt Archbold - CreativeMinorityReport.com
-George Sipe - ConvertJournal.com
-JC Sanders - equusnomveritas.blogspot.com
-Mark Shea - Catholic and Enjoying It
-Brandon Vogt - The Thin Veil
-Elizabeth Scalia - TheAnchoress
-ADeaconsWife
-abbafatherchapter.blogspot.com
-Dan Lower - Keyboard Theologians
-Why I Am Catholic
-Bill Daugherty - Commonplaciana
-Virtue Quest
-Coalition for Clarity
-Erin Manning - and Sometimes Tea
-In Commissum Quo Deus
-Brian Sullivan - Deny the Cat
-Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin
-Patrick Alog
-Casey Truelove
-Lori Pieper, SFO - Bronx, New York
-Larry Denninger - Acts of the Apostasy.
-Rebecca Frech - Shoved to Them
-Sean Herriott - Relevant Radio
-Matt Korger

Other Signatures:
-Renee Aste - Lowell Massachusetts
-Adolfo Rodriguez - Covington, LA
-Brett Powers - Richland, WA.
-Tony
-Mickey Jackson
-Barbara C.
-Marguerite Nolan
-Terri Duhon
-Bull Schuck
-David and Jennifer Harris - College Station, TX
-Listener Rick
-Dolores
-Jon Winterburn
-Paul Henry
-PBS
-Daniella Alejandro
-Corina
-David Casson - Warwick, RI
-Mark and Jennifer Flusche - Muenster, Texas
-Emily Goodrich-Gazda - San Antonio, TX
-David G. Smith - New Oxford, PA
-Chris Molter - Orlando, FL
-Cory Fisher - Rapid City, SD
-JoAnna
-Milagros
-Ed Southall - St Louis MO
-Hugh
-Daniel Stevens
-Ray Rondini - Cleveland, OH
-Al
-Theo
-Michael Blissenbach - Saint Paul, Minnesota
-Jennifer Woo - Maryland
-Steven P. Cornett - Medway, Ohio
-Nicole Stallworth

If you would like to add your name to this list. Please leave a comment below.
Feel free to re-post in other places.

66 comments:

Kevin Knight said...

Amen!

--Kevin Knight, New Advent

George @ Convert Journal said...

Well said!

George Sipe, ConvertJournal.com

matthew archbold said...

Matt Archbold signing in.

Tony said...

no web presence but I'd like to add my name to the list. Thanks!

Tony said...

no web presence but I'd like for my name to be added to the list. Thanks!

Equus nom Veritas said...

Well written: count me in.
JC Sanders
equusnomveritas.blogspot.com

Mark P. Shea said...

Sign me up!

Brandon Vogt said...

Count me in.

I especially like the lines "We expect you...to serve" and "Our country needs you to be holy."

If only politicians understood their position the way the Pope understands his, and not the way that the majority of the world understands either role. Both Popes and politicians are "servants of servants". Neither title is a position of prestige, but of duty and service.

And holiness is always a good qualifier: may we gauge our politicians by the fruits of the Spirit.

adeaconswife said...

Please Sign me up!

Renee said...

Renee Aste
Lowell Massachusetts

The TORCH said...

Adolfo Rodriguez
Covington, LA

Demolition said...

Brett Powers, Richland, WA.

Abba, Father Chapter said...

Amen!

Dan Lower / KKairos said...

Agreed. Consider this signed by me.

Dan Lower,
Keyboard Theologians

standmickey said...

Great article. Feel free to add my name: Mickey Jackson

Frank said...

Present Arms! from the crew at Why I Am Catholic.

And add us to your muster roll.

Barbara C. said...

I think that says it all.

Robert said...

Please add me to the list!

http://www.virtue-quest.com/
http://coalitionforclarity.blogspot.com/

Wild Bill said...

Bill Daugherty, Commonplaciana

Peggy said...

Add me for sure! Marguerite Nolan

Red Cardigan said...

Sign me as well!

Erin Manning

http://redcardigan.blogspot.com/

http://coalitionforclarity.blogspot.com/

Terri said...

Agreed.

Terri Duhon

bullschuck said...

Yup. What you said.

Jeremy said...

Count me in!

http://incommissumquodeus.blogspot.com/

djalk said...

David and Jennifer Harris
College Station, TX

Listener Rick said...

A prayerful directive at an important point in our history.

Dolores said...

We have to speak out. Our faith demands it, our country needs it.

Brian Sullivan said...

Add me to the list!
http://denythecat.blogspot.com

Brian Sullivan

Jon Winterburn said...

Sign me up.

Paul Henry said...

This can be adapted for use in everypart of the world

PBS said...

Thank you for saying this. Add me to the list!

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Signed!

http://arkanabar.blogspot.com

Pansy and Peony said...

Daniella Alejandro

Patrick said...

Patrick Alog
http://facebook.com/heardfromthehomily

Corina said...

add me to the list.

David said...

Amen.

David Casson
Warwick, RI

David said...

Amen.

David Casson
Warwick, RI

marflu said...

Excellent.
Mark and Jennifer Flusche, Muenster, Texas

E said...

Emily Goodrich-Gazda
San Antonio, TX

Casey Truelove said...

Casey Truelove from http://procaritateveritatis.blogspot.com/

David said...

David G. Smith
New Oxford, PA

Lori said...

Sensational! Count me in.

Lori Pieper, SFO
Bronx, New York
Blog: On Pilgrimage
www.pilgrimage.subcreators.com

akira0238 said...

Chris Molter - Orlando, FL

loyalpapist said...

Great! Count me in!

Cory Fisher
Rapid City, SD

JoAnna said...

well said.

Milagros said...

Amen and Amen. Please count me in.

Ed Southall said...

Well said! Add my name, please.
Ed Southall
St Louis MO

Hugh said...

Well put!

Ready said...

My thoughts exactly! Well put.

-Daniel Stevens

LarryD said...

Bravo!

Larry Denninger - Acts of the Apostasy.

[linking to this as well]

rayrondini said...

Ray Rondini, Cleveland, OH

Al said...

Amen!

aka the Mom said...

Rebecca Frech - Shoved to Them

Theo said...

Count me in the list of signatures.

For The Sake Of Him said...

Please add me to the list of signatures. My name is Michael Blissenbach, and I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota

cantatrix said...

Amen.

Jennifer Woo
Maryland

danightman said...

No Web presence but add me in:

Steven P. Cornett
Medway, Ohio

Nicole said...

I'll sign it.

Nicole Stallworth

It's Election Day! Immaculate Mary, Patroness of the United States, pray for us. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

Sean Herriott said...

Excellent, Marcel. I'll post a link.

Badger Catholic said...

Well said.
Matt Korger
badgercatholic.blogspot.com

Tina said...

Tina Mahar

Matthew Warner said...

Amen, I say Amen!

- Matthew Warner www.FallibleBlogma.com

Tweeting out now...

George said...

George A. Oggero, Houston, TX

Johel said...

Johel Padilla,

Naranjito, PR

Heather said...

Heather Lecuyer,
Dartmouth, MA

one-winged soldier said...

Wayne Wang
Austin, TX (Houston, TX)