We have been inundated this past week with e-mail that has offered great kudos for Cyndi's and my position of showing how George W. Bush is the most viable candidate to return America to God and put into motion the process that, God-willing, will eventually eradicate the culture of death. Lengthy though it was, it was necessary. We still stand by it despite the latest revelation that he was guilty of a DUI in 1976. Though that could have been serious and have dire results similar to another politician who didn't take responsibility for drunk driving in Chappaquadick in that same era and still sadly holds a government office today, no damage was done except wake up the young Bush during the heyday of his "wild days." If I recall Saint Augustine and many other saints had pasts they're not proud of. Bush is definitely no saint for driving while drinking. Even though he was driving slow and cautiously in trying to get home, the fact he had too many beers was not mature or commendable, but what is commendable and mature is that he faced up to his problem, acknowledged his weakness, learned from his mistake and conquered the fault. He has sworn off all liquor for the past fourteen years. That's consistent with kicking an addiction, eradicating the sin. That is what life is all about. Jesus came for sinners, not saints. Bush's frank admission, discussion of it and realization that it was wrong, as well as the way he has admirably handled the storm of press piranhas give even greater credence to his sincerity and honesty; something sorely needed in the White House for the sake of America's soul. We recommend you read his own personal testimony to Christ. In the spirit of John 8: 7, we challenge any politician or member of the media: "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone..."
We have had a few e-mails reemphasizing Bush's stance on capital punishment. We urge them to reread the editorial. We addressed that. We also reiterated that there is no such thing as the perfect politician. The man who came closest has just been proclaimed Patron Saint of Politicians this weekend. That is Saint Thomas More, the noble martyr of the sixteenth century who eschewed political expediency for a greater reward. This great lawyer, philosopher and statesman is the ideal man to look to and emulate for, he, too, was faced with the culture of death just as we are today. He is venerated as a saint because he gave his life for the cause of right. He willingly sacrificed his political power and influence, his posh position and favor with King Henry VIII to stand up for what is right before God. It's interesting to note that politics is really an ideal vocation to extend the greatest charity in helping others. We forget they are there first and foremost to serve the people, not exploit them. From most polticians today you'd never correlate that agenda, but it's time for a new generation of politicians who will put those principles, values and virtues to work and St. Thomas More is the universal role model all can proudly follow.
Like St. Thomas, we have stepped on a few toes in not compromising. We received two brickbats from lurkers who threatened to send my editorial to the White House so they can close us down. I'm sure Bill Clinton and Al Gore stay up burning the midnight oil figuring out ways they can silence the DAILY CATHOLIC. First of all, I repeat this was an editorial by individuals, not necessarily the position of the DAILY CATHOLIC. To presume our position of such prominent importance in the overall scope of the nation's political scene would be pride to the enth degree. We are merely a small voice that joins together with thousands of many other small voices personified in similar ministries and apostolates that have sprung up over the past few years on the internet, print and other medias; the small voices in every parish who attend Daily Mass; the millions of small voices in homes across America who pray the Holy Rosary and strive to live as good Catholics. It is the aggregation of all these "little voices" that speak in one loud and resonant certain voice that the Sanctity of Life is the only issue that counts in this presidential election this Tuesday. The words of our constitution, that "we are endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" bear this out. Social Security, Health Care, tax relief and all other promises mean nothing if there is no life! And there are many little voices that gather as one, speaking out in harmony with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Father Frank Pavone - the director of Priests For Life, Mother Angelica and her EWTN programming, and countless other influential Catholic spokespeople who emphasize prayer as the first answer to all problems.
In this hurly-burly, instant gratification world we are always in motion, always rushing. How many times have you seen the initials A.S.A.P which many translate to "as soon as possible"? Talk about impatience; it's like, "God, grant me patience and I want it right now!" We have to realize if we do our part, we can be assured God will do His part one-hundred fold. My youngest brother sent me an e-mail that puts A.S.A.P. in a much better light for rather than considering it in an impatient, hurry-up mode, we can let go and consider A.S.A.P. to mean "Always Say A Prayer." Prayer is vital, but it can't suffice alone.
Just as Faith without love is hollow, so also Prayer without action is fruitless. We depend on God, but He depends on us as well. Catholics have been praying for a miracle this coming Tuesday. They want a man who is for God, who believes in Jesus Christ and His commandments. They want a man who, among those candidates who are electable, best tries to personify the principles of St. Thomas More. On Tuesday, we can all say we have done our part in prayer, then it's time for action - the action of going to the polls, of encouraging other Catholics to go to the polls and elect a man who will return the dignity of life to the forefront by signing the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and then, eventually, appoint Supreme Court justices who will realize the grave error of Roe vs. Wade. The facts are evident: Bush has said he will strive to do this. His opponent Al Gore has steadfastly refused; he has reiterated the culture of death mantra - "I am for the right of the woman to choose what she can do to her body." He has stated many times he will appoint men on the Supreme Court who will uphold Roe vs. Wade.
For 27 years this lie has been perpetrated on America and it's interesting to note that rather than choice, it's a matter of enslavement. Consider what Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Rode vs. Wade told a representative of Priests For Life just over a week ago from her home in Dallas. "Some candidates in our upcoming election say that they support Roe vs. Wade. Take it from me: they don't know what's good for women or for America. They talk about a 'woman's right to choose.' What an insult! Women don't get abortions because of freedom of choice. They get them because they feel they have no choice -- and it's usually the man who is making sure they have no choice! Abortion is not good for America, and Roe should be overturned. I am proud to be Roe no more!" Norma admits she was a pawn of Planned Parenthood and has repented of her sins. In fact, she has converted to Catholicism. Praise God.
Another who praises God is George W. Bush. At the very beginning of the campaign a reporter asked him who his role model was and, without hesitating, Bush said "Jesus Christ." He has expressed continued support for upholding the Laws of God and if anyone still doubts his sincerity, we offer his closing words last week at the Annual Al Smith Dinner in New York. The text was provided by Zenit International. Smith was the governor of New York and ran for president. What makes it unique is that he was the first Catholic to run for the office in the history of our country. He lost, but not lost upon all were the principles he upheld and, because of that, it paved the way for another Catholic to be elected in 1960. This annual fund-raising dinner for the Archdiocese of New York and this year hosted by the new Archbishop of New York Archbishop Edward Egan, was held at the elegant Waldorf-Astoria. It was an event that drew the mighty and the powerful, the movers and shakers of all walks of life and has always served as a primary showcase for presidential candidates. Gore spoke about various things and alluded briefly to Smith. Then it was Bush's turn. Bush most likely hasn't had the opportunity to learn about St. Thomas More yet, but there is another role model he is quite familiar with and Bush's following words about Cardinal John J. O'Connor speak volumes as to what kind of president this young Texan would be.
"Before I close, there is another man I'd
like to talk about -- someone who is not here, John Cardinal O'Connor. I
will never forget his funeral. Inside that beautiful cathedral were two
presidents and other leaders of our country; outside, were average New
Yorkers who stood ten-deep along Fifth Avenue.
"The cardinal was of the most impressive men I have ever met. He was a
moral leader, and not just for Catholics. And early this year, when I had
some things to clarify, I knew exactly who to contact.
"Everyone who met him saw strength and energy, wit and intellect. He was a
man who held a great position -- and added to its authority. He took a high
office -- and lifted it. For anyone who aspires to leadership, he is a model.
"The story is told that when Pope John Paul II went looking for a successor
to the great Cardinal Cooke, he said, 'I want a man like me in New York.'
"The quote may or may not be true -- but it turned out that way. Cardinal
O'Connor was known for both his conviction and his kindness -- he took
people on their own terms. There were no barriers to his friendship. ...
"Cardinal O'Connor defied all the labels, and showed us that the truth is
sometimes larger than the left or the right. He was a naval officer, who
spoke for peace. He defended the doctrines of his Church, and reached out
to other faiths.
"He knew the wealthy and the powerful, and taught that poverty in a wealthy
nation is a scandal. He spoke for the rights of workers, the rights of
immigrants, and the rights of the
"The cardinal had a way of putting politicians on the spot -- exactly where
we belong. He was never a man to mince words. He followed truth where it
led, and spoke for the dictates of morality. He understood that morality is
what gives authority to power, and purpose to freedom, and dignity and
direction to all our lives.
"He had a motto: 'There is no love without justice.' And he lived it every
day. And he proved that justice without love is incomplete. He proved that
in AIDS wards and in homes for unwed mothers, and in countless acts of
caring and comfort.
"Where the world wanted compromise, there was steel. Where the world
expected harsh judgment, there was simple love. His Holiness clearly knows
how to pick good men, and he has found another in Archbishop Edward Michael
Egan. New York has welcomed you warmly.
"And it has been a pleasure to be with you all tonight. Your Excellency,
Laura and I would like you to come and visit with our family next year.
I'll send you the address -- as soon as I know what it is. Thank you very
much. God bless."
I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like a politician who is going to forsake the
culture of life for political expediency as his opponent did. Yes, that's right. At one time
Al Gore was pro-life. At one time he even attended Divinity School. At one time. Now times
are different. It's not politically expedient to promote life when your party and platform are controlled
by those who put themselves first before all others. Yet Gore tries to put on a front that he is for God. Consider just last week he tried to impress a group that his faith was important to him, insisting that he strives to live John 16: 3. Now he really meant John 3: 16 in which Christ says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting." However Gore's stance belies this and his twisting of the verses by saying "John 16: 3" says volumes. Call it a God-incidence, but this is what Gore referred to in John 16: 3: "And these things they will do becasue they have not known the Father nor Me." This verse follows John 16: 1-2 in which Jesus warns, " These things I have spoken to you that you may not be scandalized. They will expel you from the synagogues. Yes, the hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering worship to God." Think about Christ's words and the creed of the culture of death and how they twist the truth to give the impression what they are doing is right and decent. Out of Gore's own mouth he has exposed himself for John 16: 1-3 speaks truth when it comes to Gore's insincerity. How, in all good conscience, could any Catholic vote for someone who now espouses so much of what God decries?
When you vote Tuesday, ask St. Thomas More to help guide your thinking and call upon the Holy Spirit to clarify the political rhetoric. We all need to be Thomas Mores at the ballot box and eschew empty promises and financial gain for the assurance that we will elect the man who will best uphold the culture of life for the sake of God's little innocent ones. The Holocaust of the Womb has gone on long enough! Enough!!! The Pro-Life ticket is the only way we can vote as the Holy Father confirmed in his Encyclical "The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae 1995, p.73): "In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to 'take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it.'"
The Pope has made the Church's position clear. The Bishops have as well with their documents "Living the Gospel of Life" and "Faithful Citizenship." Many, many shepherds have sent pastoral letters to the pastors to be read to their congregations this weekend reminding Catholics of their moral duty to vote for life!
Again, look at the facts. Then look at the sincerity and integrity of the two candidates, who realistically are the only ones with a chance to be elected by the populace, and you'll know in your
heart that humility and honesty should win out! We can only pray and hope! The time has come to put your vote where your heart is!