CATHOLIC FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP

Catholics have a moral obligation to seek the common good through the exercise of their voting privileges (CCC 2240).

Intrinsically evil actions are those that fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no person who rea1ly wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues.

Based on Church teachings, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Encyclicals of the Pope, and issue papers from the Office of the Doctrine of the Faith, the following five issues concern actions that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law.

THE FIVE NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES

  1. Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of an innocent human being, and therefore a form of homicide.
  2. Euthanasia, often disguised by the name “mercy killing,” is also a form of homicide. No person has a right to take his own life, and no one has the right to take the life of any innocent person. In euthanasia, the ill or elderly are killed, by action oromission, out of a misplaced sense of compassion, but true compassion cannot include intentionally doing something intrinsically evil to another person (EV 73).
  3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Human embryos are human beings. “Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo” (CRF 4b). Even if there were benefits to be had from such experiments, they would not justify destroying innocent embryonic humans.
  4. Human Cloning also involves abortion because the “rejected” or “unsuccessful”embryonic clones are destroyed, yet each clone is a human being.
  5. Homosexual “Marriage”: True marriage is the union of one man and one woman.“When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic lawmaker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral” (UHP 10).

 

COMPARISON OF DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORMS:

  • Do not vote based on your political party, your earlier voting habits, or your family’s voting tradition. You need to look at the stands that each candidate takes.
  • Do not vote based on a candidate’s appearance, sex, personality, or media savvy.
  • Do not vote for candidates simply because they declare themselves to be Catholic.Unfortunately, many self-described Catholic candidates reject the Church’s basic moral teaching.
  • Do not choose among candidates based on what’s in it for you, particularly what economic advantage you can gain if a candidate is elected. Make a decision based on which candidates seem more likely to promote the common good, even if you will not benefit directly or immediately from the legislation they propose.
  • Do not vote for candidates who are right on lesser issues but who will vote wrongly on key moral issues.

REFERENCES

CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church CRF = Pontifical Council for the Family, Charter of the Rights of the Family EV = John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, (the Gospe1 of Life) UHP = Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons

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CATHOLIC LEADERS

GABRIEL GARCIA MORENO

CATHOLIC MARTYR
PRESIDENT OF ECUADOR
1861 TO 1865 AND 1869-1875

Not many Catholics know how a true Catholic politician governs. In America we elected only once a Catholic President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, but he was assassinated after only two years of his presidency, and did not live long enough to have the resume like that of Catholic President Gabriel Garcia Moreno.

I believe that Gabriel Garcia Moreno represents one of the best examples of how a truly Catholic President governed in the 19th Century, and here is what Pope Pius IX had said about him in his letter to the people of Ecuador dated March 9, 1876, after he was assassinated:

“ and so you weep in private for a truly eminent man, who penetrated with the Catholic spirit, assumed the government of a disrupted republic, exhausted and oppressed with taxes, he joined firmness with gentleness and prudence with courage in such a way that he suppressed rebels, pacified souls, reestablished order, tried to aggrandize the country through missions, promoted divine worship and the instruction of the people, organized the military, ports, commerce, laws: all this without increasing, but decreasing taxes. Certainly he would have benefited his country even more had he lived longer, but do not ignore that such a great man has been wrested from you, more through hate for religion than through envy of your happiness. That sect (freemasonry) which has been so detrimental to you, whatever it bitterly fights the Catholic religion is accustomed to gaining access to the rules of the people and the highest assemblies in order to prepare for the destruction of religious civil order, managing to execute cunningly through its own powers what it cannot accomplish through civil power; for which it lays snares, so that civil power itself will undermine its own foundations which rest upon religion.” (1)

 

LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF GABRIEL GARCIA MORENO

  1. Upon entering office he drew up and established a new Catholic Constitution to end corruption that had swept the country. This constitution was based on Christian principles. At his inauguration on April 2, 1861 Gabriel Garcia Moreno said the following:

“ To re-establish the rule of morality, without which order is merely a truce or weariness, outside of which freedom is a deception and a chimera. To moralize a country where bloody fighting between good and evil has lasted for a space of half a century, and to moralize it through the energetic and effective repression of crime, and through the solidly religious education of the new generations. To respect and protect the holy religion of our elders, and seek from its beneficial influence the reform that laws and governments cannot obtain by themselves. These are the difficult duties that I have just imposed on myself, duties that I would not hope to fulfill, if I did not trust in the kind protection of divine providence.” (2)

  1. He prayed the Rosary with his workers. (3)
  2. He ate with the sick to make certain that they had the proper nourishment at hospitals. (4)
  3. He sought out bandits in the mountains as the good shepherd looking for his lost sheep, in order to give them a chance for repentance and start a good Christian life. (5)
  4. He spent his presidential salary in acts of good works for the people of Ecuador and the Church.(6)
  5. He established a protectorate for the technical teaching of the arts and trades. (7)
  6. He established a school of obstetrics. (8)
  7. He established an astronomic observatory, equipped with an international famous telescope, and under the direction of the German Jesuit Father Menten, the best astronomer that has walked the lands in America. (9)
  8. He established the college of San Gabriel building and the conservatory of music, and the academy of painting and sculpture with professors such as Antonio Neumane, who composed the national anthem, Juan Mansosalvas, Luis Cadenas, Rafael Salas, and a Spaniard, Jose Gonzalez, professor of sculpture.(10)
  9. The polytechnic was established, rival of the best in the world, because of its machinery and museums of the highest quality, and universally famous professors such as Sodiro, Kolberg, wold and Dressel. (11)
  10. He established funds to build the tunnel De la Paz, the Gallinazos bridge, introduction of the Mulberry tree for silk raising; introduction of the Eucalyptus tree whose benefit is incalculable. (12)
  11. In the city of Guayaquil he provided funds for the construction of an artillery barracks called El Modelo. (13)
  12. Furthermore, he built public street lights, the pier, the first artificial ice, the first dredges, and buoys; and many lighthouses. (14)
  13. He provided funds to construct government buildings in Imgagura, a seminary, the church of Our Lady of Ransom, hospital, and a bridge over the Tahuando River. (15)
  14. He also accomplished the reconstruction of Otvalvo several government buildings, seminary and the church of Our Lady of Ransom that had been destroyed by an earthquake. Also, he had built the bridge over the Tahuando river. Also, accomplished the reconstruction of Otalvo; Hatanatacu bridge, the streets of Cotacachi, drawn by the engineer McClellan; as well as new schools in all of Imbabura. (16)
  15. In Bagalhoyo a new church was built, as well as, government buildings, military barracks, and the San Gabriel bridge.(17)
  16. In the city of Cuenca the first hospital was built, government building that was designed by the Scottish architect Thomas Reed. Also the Chicti, Yanuncay and Rumiurco bridges were built, as well as the parish house, and the Chahuarurcoo and the Naranjal jail. (18)
  17. In Latacunga the house of corrections building was constructed, and a hospital and barracks. (19)
  18. President Moreno left in service the first railroad using the nations own money, and not having to borrow from foreign sources. In all it was about 60 miles of track that was laid through tropical and marshy area along the coast. (20)
  19. A total of one hundred and eighty six miles of highways were built, and two hundred and forty nine miles of bridal paths. (21)
  20. During his administration President Moreno founded and had built the school Bolivar, in Ambato, and the all girls school in Guayaquil. (22)
  21. He also had built hundreds of primary education centers in the whole republic. (23)
  22. President Moreno introduced in Ecuador the religious communities of the Jesuits, Lazarists, Redemptorists, Capuchin’s, De La Salle Brothers, Carmelite nuns, and Augustinian nuns, Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Providence, Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Sisters of the Good Shepherd. (24)
  23. In spite of the large amount of public works that he accomplished, President Moreno decreased taxes year after year. (25)
  24. During the Administration of President Moreno the purchasing power of Ecuadorian money was great. Some examples of prices of food articles are the following: top quality meat was five centavos, and for a whole pound of meat. Eggs was twelve for one real, and three quarts of pure milk was only five centavos. For a loaf of bread that was worth one real today, it cost was only five centavos. Potatoes, and barley, one forth of today’s value. (26)
  25. President Moreno believed in equality of education for all, and he integrated the schools by establishing the Normal School for whites and natives. What we call today racial integration, President Moreno accomplished in the 19th century, nearly one hundred years before the united States. (27)
  26. President Moreno established the Cadets school, with professors even from the Polytechnic where they taught among things chemistry, taught by Mr. Dressel, and mathematics applied to war science, and taught by Mullendorf and Brugier. The Lazarist priest, Father Claverie, delivered the classes on religion and French. (28)
  27. During the administration of President Moreno no political enemies could accuse him of executing innocent individuals. (29)
  28. During the Administration of President Moreno the amount of newspapers in the country doubled. (30)
  29. When President Moreno attended a religious retreat in 1871 he wrote these resolutions, “ all for the greater glory of God exclusively, mass, daily rosary and Kempis, and preserve the presence of God. (31)
  30. On January 18, 1871 President Moreno’s government protested against the usurpation of the pontifical states by the Italian government. His was the only government in the world to show his loyalty to the Vicar of Christ in Rome. (32)
  31. In 1873 President Moreno consecrated the Republic of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (33)

WHO ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT MORENO ?

The assassination of President Gabriel Garcia Moreno was decreed by the masonic lodges of Germany and Peru, and executed by four perverted individuals of whom the principal one was salaried. The death of Gabriel Garcia Moreno has been the one most mourned by Ecuadorians; there was collective weeping, even by soldiers. (34)

 

ALL OF US HAVE A DUTY TO VOTE FOR GOOD LEADERS

All of us have a duty to vote for good leaders that have a love of God. It is important to say that none of these leaders will be perfect, and you may not agree with everything these leaders say, but we need to vote candidates the reflect the most important values that we have as Catholics, and that is that all human beings are endowed by our creator with intrinsic value, and we are made in the image in likeness of God. (35)

Additionally, our church teaches us that we can not vote for any candidate for office that favors intrinsically evils like, abortion rights, same sex marriage, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. These issues are of paramount importance because our church teaches that these intrinsic evils are non-negotiable. All issues are not alike. Some are more important than others and they can not be treated the same. Furthermore, in the United States Constitution, and specifically, in the 14th amendment it says that we have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (36) These rights are given to us by God, and not by  our government.(37) We have a duty to vote for candidates that best reflect these values. Remember you are a Catholic first before any party affiliation.

 

 

SOURCES

  1. The Consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred heart of Jesus. Severo, Gomez Jurado S.J. 2013, page82
  2. Ibid, page 234 & 235
  3. https://www.ourladyofgoodsuccess.com/pages/biography-of-gabriel-garcia-moreno. Page 2
  4. Ibid, page 2
  5. Ibid, page 3
  6. Ibid, page 3
  7. The Consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Severo Gomez Jurado S.J. Page 230
  8. Ibid, page 230
  9. Ibid, page 230
  10. Ibid, page 230 & 231
  11. Ibid, page 231
  12. Ibid, Page 231
  13. Ibid, page 231
  14. Ibid, page 231
  15. Ibid, page 231
  16. Ibid, page 231
  17. Ibid, page 231
  18. Ibid, page 231
  19. Ibid, page 231
  20. Ibid, page 231
  21. Ibid, page 232
  22. Ibid, page 232
  23. Ibid, page 232
  24. Ibid, page 232
  25. Ibid, page 232
  26. Ibid, page 232 & 233
  27. Ibid, page 233
  28. Ibid, page 233
  29. Ibid, page 234
  30. Ibid, page 234
  31. Ibid, page 236
  32. Ibid, page 236
  33. Ibid, page 236
  34. Ibid, page 237
  35. Genesis 1:27
  36. 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution
  37. Declaration Of Independence