To the editor:
The recent Catholic Courier article on this year’s election did not adequately inform us in two important respects.
The most important issue facing Catholics this election is the assault on the religious freedom enjoyed by the Catholic Church by the Obama Administration and his Democrat supporters in Congress in compelling Catholic schools, hospitals, Catholic Charities and other Church supported religious institutions to pay for the cost of abortion inducing drugs in their health care plans. Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark stated that "unless the ruling is overturned, we Catholics will be required either to violate our consciences or drop health coverage for our employees".
In forming our consciences as to who to support this November this issue is paramount.
Secondly, as the Pope as a cardinal stated that "Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. … There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia" (2004 memorandum "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion" #3). The Pope has deemed the protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death as "not negotiable" (Address to European People’s Party, March 30, 2006). Therefore these "non-negotiable" issues take precedence over social issues of lesser importance such as the environment, the death penalty and immigration.
Because "not all moral issues have the same moral weight" as the "non-negotiable" issues, a Catholic may never justify voting for candidates such as the President and his supporters who reject the Truth God has revealed concerning "non-negotiable" issues because issues of lesser importance seem to such Catholics as "trumping" in precedence and justify supporting Candidates who would deprive the Church of its religious liberty and support abortion, gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research.