… there are good arguments why to mention it in the next confession! And not the least of reasons is to honor the responsibilities conveyed to us by God. Catechism 1730: God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. “God willed that man should be ‘left in the hand of his own counsel,’ so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to Him.” That brings responsibilities!
The current age of persecution has a global spread, but at least in the U.S. we still can vote. And it is reasonably arguable that failure of faithful Catholics to exercise all their rights in the last few decades has, in part at least, led to a moral malaise which metastasized into full blown cancer, as government initiated and protected immorality. Exercising the vote responsibly means being informed, and that means finding the Truth. Since Jesus, Himself, isn’t running for office, perfection can’t be expected in any candidate. But once we know where they say they each stand, and how they have acted in the past, the burden is on us to prioritize. Bishop John Paprocki of the Springfield, Illinois Diocese, put this into astute perspective in the prior presidential campaign:
”A vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors
that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful
makes you morally complicit
and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.”
It is also fair to say that failure to do our duty to oppose candidates who support intrinsic evil also makes us complicit. That means not only evaluating the candidate, but also PRIORITIZING the issues, with serious moral issues at the top of the list (way above property taxes, attracting business, plowing the streets.) The moral issues are quite rightly divided by the Church into matters of intrinsic evil, and matters of prudential judgment. And, frankly, there is no moral issue that trumps abortion. Over 55 million dead babies is a holocaust many times the size of what Hitler and the Nazis did. And there are very few of us who can say we did everything we humanly could have done to fight back against the abortion holocaust. I know I can’t.
So action at the polls – going to the polls and voting morally — is one of the few things that lies within our power now in the face of real and intrinsic evil. It is the least we can do. And, in case there is any confusion, “matters of prudential judgment,” include immigration, taxes, gun control, capital punishment, length of prison sentences, government mandated health care and much more. That is not to say there are not moral aspects to prudential judgment issues, but abortion itself, in every circumstance, is intrinsically evil.
Candidates for Governor
Thus, the candidates’ positions on the intrinsic evil of abortion must not be ignored by faithful Catholics exercising their rights at the polls. Fortunately, the positions are clear — expressed by the candidates themselves. Governor Andrew Cuomo (Democrat) has repeatedly pushed hard for abortion right up until birth, in a state which is already the abortion capital of the country! He had a 10 point program for women, including fair wages and against human trafficking, of which 9 points passed separately were supported by both the Assembly and State Senate, but Mr. Cuomo refused to allow it to become law, holding all 9 points hostage to getting his way with mercilessly expanding abortion. He is at it again, and if he wins the governorship again, it is likely to be seen as a mandate for his point #10. Mr. Cuomo claims to be a Catholic but is divorced, publicly living with a woman not his wife.
The principal challenger (Republican and Conservative) is Rob Astorino, a Catholic husband and father. I went to his early meeting in Benton when he came to the area for the first time, and when he was quizzed by the audience he made not the slightest hesitation in saying he is Catholic, that he opposes abortion or any expansion of abortion. A governor can’t repeal any law himself — that is in the hands of the legislature — but he can encourage something he can sign, and he can rearrange priorities. He avowed that he will not sign into law any expansion of abortion. He also is opposed to Common Core. Mr. Astorino has had two successful terms heading up Westchester County. His Catholic roots show that, very early in his career, he was station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the then archbishop of New York. Below is a picture of Mr. Astorino and his family, and Sheriff Moss of Chemung County, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, and his family.
Please vote on election day, and let your true Catholic voice be heard.