Friday, September 14, 2012

An Open Letter To Politicians


We are Catholic.
We are also citizens of the United States of America. We have this message for you.

You, along with all other persons who hold or seek to hold public office will be in our prayers and if you are elected (or re-elected) we promise to pray for you as you serve us.

Our nation is struggling financially, and we have hope things will get better. Yet, we believe 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 foundational principles which define us as a nation and expect to be great.

With that being said, we have quite a bit to ask of you. Our hope is you will consider our words carefully. We are always Catholics first. Some of us may be Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, etc. Some of us do not claim a political party. Regardless, we choose to never abandon our faith for the purposes of politics. This is because being Catholic is not defined by political party affiliation.

As elected representatives, you work for us. We do not work for you. Because you are called to work for the common good of all - we remind you that abortion isn't just another issue. It is THE issue, unlike any other of our time. Without life, no other human right matters. Pope Benedict XVI said the following:

"In attacking human life in its very first stages, it is also an aggression against society itself. Politicians and legislators, therefore, as servants of the common good, are duty bound to defend the fundamental right to life, the fruit of God's love."

In addition, we will not ignore 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 you will see your position as a great responsibility to serve and not one of mere authority.

We ask that you implement policies which protect life, family, true freedom, and just laws - to do so our country needs you to be virtuous.

If we are to go forward as a nation, 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.

We believe, 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 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.

We leave you with these two quotes from our Church leaders:
"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

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3 comments:

Sean Hutzler said...

I'll sign this. Sean Hutzler '10

HoyaGirl, said...

Lisa Rickards,
Burke, VA
(Sooner fan who wishes we had a blog this cool at OU)

John Charles Steinmuller said...

Posted on my facebook page because it is well stated with love ... John