Friday, October 28, 2016

Hillary plays the woman card with gender pay fear-mongering

On the campaign trail this past week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once again played the woman card by trying to depict women - once again - as victims. This time she pulled out the tired and untrue claim that women are systematically paid less than men. But let's look at it more closely in the hopes of bringing some truth to the issue.

Though there is a widespread perception that women are paid less than men on average, the perception goes wrong in thinking that such pay disparity is about cases when a woman doing the exact same job as a man for the same hours, in the same company or industry is paid less than her male co-worker. That is not, however, where the disparity lies. The "pay gap" simply looks at the median earnings of all men and women who are full-time workers, and because the average of men's earnings skew higher, feminists cry discrimination. But were they to take a closer look at the facts, they'd have to recant their accusation.

The fact is, men and women make different career choices for different reasons. A U.S. Department of Labor study found the average full-time working man works 8.14 hours a day, compared to 7.75 hours for the full-time working woman. Naturally, this would result in the man making more money.

Even more to the point, the natural differences between men and women result in different priorities, and therefore, different job ambitions. Women in general tend to seek jobs that offer comfortable and safe working conditions. In particular, women with children tend to choose lower paying jobs in return for companies that offer work-life balance packages that allow them to be more available for their children. Fathers, on the other hand, tend to seek work that can best support their families, which often means longer hours.

Men also are much more likely to take on dangerous or physically demanding jobs that most women simply don't want to do. You don't see many women working on oil rigs, construction sites, coal mines or the like. These jobs pay more because it's difficult to find people who are able and willing to do them. People crying discrimination need to understand that the oft-repeated statistic that women make on average "70 cents on the dollar compared to men" simply reflects an overall average of all pay for all jobs across the board.

But what do facts matter when Hillary can exploit an issue, using false premises, to score political points?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another awesome homily on voting from the Catholic perspective

This has to be one of the best homilies about the upcoming election I have heard - and I've heard some wonderful ones. 
This homily, delivered by Fr. John Lankeit of the Archdiocese of Phoenix, needs to be shared with everyone and anyone who is voting in this coming election in the USA. Either read it below or watch it here.  Either way, please share this with everyone you know.
1 27th Sunday OT (Year C) – October 2, 2016 HAB 1:2-3; 2:2-4; PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; 2 TM 1:6-8, 13-14; LK 17:5-10
Fr. John Lankeit:
"The Devil is a divider who will use almost any tactic to separate Christians from Christ...except for one. He doesn’t typically come right out and say, “Deny Jesus Christ!” because he knows that someone who loves Jesus would immediately reject the suggestion. 
So, he tends to use more subtle means and subtle words. But more on that later... For now, let’s deal with something closer to home, and very much in the forefront of many people’s minds: the 2016 presidential election. 
But let’s do so from a Catholic perspective. Let’s consider the intersection of the practice of our Catholic faith and the exercise of our civic duty, especially when it comes to voting. Let’s first acknowledge that there has never been a political party in the United States that is perfectly aligned with Catholic teaching on every issue. 
That does not mean, however, that we are therefore automatically free to vote for either major party, because one party can be much further from Catholic principles on the most important issues than the other party. 
As a result of that, we are often faced with the task of discerning which party and which policies are most in line with Catholic teaching, and which ones aren’t. So many issues are subject to the prudential judgment of Catholic voters. 
What does that mean? It means that Catholics can legitimately disagree, for example, on the best way to address issues such as racial injustice, education, the economy, immigration and healthcare and still remain in good standing in the Church. There are other issues, however, which touch on matters of intrinsic evil—actions that can never, at any time, under any circumstances be committed, promoted or even enabled by a faithful Catholic. 
But setting aside issues of intrinsic evil for now, let’s consider some of the more common issues for which Catholics can legitimately exercise prudential judgment. One such issue is Affirmative Action. This program aims to eliminate perceived disadvantages that minorities face when competing, for example, for admission to college. 
In our nation, one party favors Affirmative Action to bring justice and balance in our multiracial society. The other party holds that it penalizes high achievers by giving limited spots in the college classroom to less qualified 2 candidates, while denying more qualified students access. 
One party sees affirmative action as a matter of justice...while the other party sees it as injustice. But, suppose a candidate for president promoted a policy that would make it legal for someone to kill a black person if that black person created a hardship for them getting the education they desired. How many of you would be comfortable voting for that candidate? 
Another issue that falls under the category of prudential judgment is immigration. One of the major political parties seeks to allow immigration with very little restriction. The other party is concerned that unrestricted immigration leads to, among other things, non-citizens taking jobs that could be worked by citizens. 
One party favors open borders—the other favors “law and order”. Now, suppose a candidate for president promoted a policy that would make it legal for someone to kill a Hispanic person if the presence of that Hispanic person made it more difficult to pursue one’s career of choice. How many of you would be comfortable voting for that candidate? 
Thank God we don’t have a candidate from either party who says that they condone such policies. Nobody in their right mind would say such a thing—that we could kill blacks or Hispanics—or anyone else—just for the sake of protecting personal economic or educational interests. Nobody would say it, but, as you’ll see in a moment... 
There is a candidate, in this 2016 race for president, who along with that candidate’s political party does, in fact, sanction the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the situations previously described...under one...particular...condition: That the black person or the Hispanic person is still in his or her mother’s womb. 
Now, this candidate and party certainly won’t say it that way, not publicly anyway. Instead, they use words like “choice” or “reproductive rights” or “women’s health” or other sanitized statements in order to cover up what abortion is and what abortion does. 
Now, before we go any further in discussing the extremely sensitive issue of abortion... I want to say a word to any woman in this congregation here today—or among those watching or listening on TV or radio—who has chosen abortion: God’s mercy is bigger than your sin and your pain. In ten years of priesthood, I have often been blessed to welcome a woman back to the merciful embrace of God the Father after she has admitted to, and repented of, her abortion in the Sacrament of Confession. 
A priest in such a situation has the privilege of assuring the woman that she has never lost the love of God the Father, nor her dignity as his beloved daughter, no matter what she did. And so I say to these women today: You do not have to hide from God any longer. I know it’s exhausting to pretend that your pain is not real, that your loss is not immense and that your choice was not devastating. But when you experience God’s loving mercy even after the abortion, you will really come to know and experience that God’s love in forgiving our most serious sins is even greater than His love in creating us. Your Father has been waiting for you for a very long time. It’s time for you to come home! 
So, now, having shared that important word with grieving mothers let’s return to the subject of our duty as Catholics in the public square. When we consider that a woman can walk into Planned Parenthood and have her baby put to death because she doesn’t want to jeopardize her education or career, we must acknowledge that the shocking scenarios described previously are not only possible...not only real...but also among the most common reasons for abortion in America. 
Even the word “abortion” has been drained of its meaning—we treat it like nothing more than a term that starts a heated debate rather than a procedure that stops a heartbeat. Many want to treat abortion as merely one issue among many—but that requires that a person pretend not to know what abortion is and what abortion does. 
So let’s stop beating around the bush with regard to the current presidential race: Do you know which candidate and party in this election promotes abortion and even promises to expand its availability here at home as well as abroad? Do you know that this candidate and party intend to make you and me pay for other people’s abortions with our tax dollars—something that has always been illegal? Are you aware that this candidate and party, which until recently, said that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” no longer even bothers to say that it should be rare—but rather, that it must be available any time, any place, even up to the last moment that the fully formed, full-term baby remains in the womb? 
If you do not know which candidate and party I’m referring to, then you should not even consider voting until you do know! Ignorance in this area is unacceptable, because ignorance in this area costs millions of babies their lives and jeopardizes the souls of many Catholics voters. 
On the other hand, if you DO know which candidate and party want to promote and expand abortion, and you still intend to enable them to continue their war on the unborn with the help of your vote, then it is my duty as a priest to tell you that your soul will be in grave danger, especially if you present yourself for Holy Communion after casting such a vote with the full knowledge of what you’re doing. 
Every election season, when a priest addresses such topics from the pulpit, a certain portion of the population complains that he’s preaching politics: “A priest has no business discussing politics in church!” That’s what some people say. But what does God say to the priest whom He has designated to be spiritual father for the people entrusted to his care? The same thing he said to the Prophet Ezekiel: “...I have made [you] a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his [sin], but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his [sin], but you will have saved your life. (Ez 33:7-9) 
Another of the Devil’s tactics is to encourage us to make excuses for our participation in really bad things by appealing to other good things that we support, which we try to convince ourselves somehow “cancel out” the grave evil we enable. 
Take capital punishment, for example. If you bring up abortion, some people will say, “I’m against capital punishment...and if you’re against abortion, then you should be against capital punishment!” Fair enough. What is the biggest objection to capital punishment? That innocent people might be mistakenly put to death. And it must be acknowledged that innocent people very well could be unjustly executed due to the many flaws in our legal system. And this very reason for opposing capital punishment is precisely the reason that Catholics must never willingly support or even enable abortion with their vote. Because, while some innocent people have no doubt been put to death mistakenly through capital punishment, in abortion an innocent person is always put to death, and never by mistake. It’s always chosen...always intended.
If a person is against capital punishment, then, they necessarily must be against abortion because the intention of abortion is to knowingly and deliberately kill an innocent boy or girl—each and every time. 
What about war? People who vigorously oppose the wars in the Middle East, for example, often quote statistics on the great number of innocent people accidently killed in the crossfire. “Collateral damage”—the innocent people killed in war—is, perhaps the greatest tragedy of war. But if a person opposes the accidental killing of innocent people in war, while enabling the intentional killing of the most innocent human beings on the planet with their vote—well...this is hypocrisy of the most extreme kind. 
If a person opposes war because of the accidental, unintended deaths of innocent people, they necessarily must oppose abortion because the killing in abortion is neither accidental nor unintended, but always directly willed. 
Sometimes we hear the stupendously deceptive claim that a candidate or party will reduce abortions by improving economic or social conditions, while simultaneously promoting abortion as a right worth protecting. But let’s face facts: Abortion is not caused by economics or social conditions. Economic and social factors are, no doubt, circumstances that affect a mother’s decision in some cases, but they are not causes. After all, if eliminating abortion were merely a matter of economics, or access to healthcare, or other socioeconomic factors, then why do wealthy mothers also abort their babies? 
There are plenty of Catholics who, quite rightly, have criticized bishops and priests in recent years for not having spoken out more forcefully against the sexual abuse of children by priests. Why, then, do many of these same Catholics want to silence bishops and priests who speak out forcefully against killing innocent children? Why is opposing sexual abuse of children a matter of justice, but opposing the murder of children a matter of “preaching politics”? 
Regardless of the resistance, a priest must follow the example of Peter and John in the Acts of the Apostles when it comes to preaching difficult truths. To those who sought to silence their proclamation of the Gospel these Apostles boldly responded: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for [I] cannot but speak of what [I] have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19- 20) 
A priest is not only protected by the 1st Amendment (at least for now). He is also bound by the 5th Commandment—Thou Shalt Not Kill. If a priest doesn’t speak up for those most vulnerable in our society, and if the Catholic faithful don’t actively protect the most vulnerable in our society by refusing to enable their deliberate destruction with their vote, then such Catholics are condoning the killing by their cowardice. And what did St. Paul say to Timothy about cowardice in today’s 2nd Reading?  God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord...but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. (2 Tim 1:7-8) 
Part of every Catholic’s share in the hardship for the Gospel is that we must repent of our actions that are offensive to God and destructive to our brothers and sisters. And we must oppose the threats to innocent life that are most real and most urgent. Make no mistake! There is no single issue that threatens innocent human life more directly, consistently and urgently than the deliberate killing of baby boys and baby girls in their mother’s womb. No issue! In the time since this homily started, at least 30 children have been deliberately executed in the womb in the United States—and that’s just the ones that are reported. 
Let me sum up with some very challenging words: “We have a serious obligation to protect human life, and especially the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable among us. Whoever fails to do this, when otherwise able to do so, commits a serious sin of omission. They jeopardize their own spiritual well-being and they are a source of scandal for others. Should they be Catholics, they should not receive Holy Communion.” (Catholics in the Public Square, 4th Ed., p. 25)
Now, I hope you realize that it takes a lot of courage for a priest to communicate such challenging words as these—reminding his people that some actions are so gravely sinful that they render a Catholic unworthy to receive Holy Communion until there is complete repentance. A priest who is more concerned about the state of his people’s souls than they are themselves, deserves the esteem of his people for his willingness to speak such difficult truth to them with genuine love—to put the welfare of his people’s souls ahead of his own reputation, popularity or comfort. 
Such a priest should receive respect, admiration and support, rather than their resistance or criticism. So please pray for, thank and encourage the spiritual father that God has appointed for you and who loves you enough to tell you the truth. Because the priest who said these particular your bishop...and mine."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A vote for Trump is a vote to save America

To those who have said they’d stop supporting Donald Trump following revelations of gross comments he made about women 11 years ago, I ask, what kind of country do you want?

Do you want Trump’s vision for America of secure borders, a strong military, empowered individuals who are free to achieve their dreams, and a solid commitment to our fundamental freedoms of religion, speech and self-defense? Or do you want Hillary Clinton’s godless vision of a borderless, vulnerable America that empowers big government at the expense of individual liberty? Because make no mistake: every non-vote for Trump puts Hillary one foot closer to the White House and the end of America as we know it.

It’s understandable to find Trump’s vulgar comments a major turnoff. But less understandable is Christians unwilling to forgive Trump for his un-Christian-like comments, but willing to ignore the greater sin of Hillary Clinton’s blatant anti-Christian views and corruption that endanger us all.

A non-vote for Trump would make president a woman who has repeatedly stated her profound aversion to gun rights. It would grant the honor of the presidency to a woman who put our national security and citizens at risk through her use of a private server for classified information, who lied about it, and then destroyed 33,000 emails after being subpoenaed for them. It would empower Hillary, who is under federal investigation, who has been fired in the past for unethical behavior, and who has publicly declared her “dream” for open borders, despite the criminals, disease, Columbian drug cartel and other evils that such a dream would invite.
A non-vote for Trump would in essence be a thumb’s up for Hillary’s actions as Secretary of State, which were instrumental in destabilizing the Middle East, giving rise to ISIS and other Islamic terrorism around the world. Abandoning Trump would give power to the woman who, in return for favors, accepted millions of dollars to the Clinton foundation from countries who permit “honor killings” of women and outright murder of homosexuals, two groups she claims to defend. Saying no to Trump says yes to the woman awash in constant scandal, lies and corruption, who refused to send help to Americans under attack in Benghazi, who mislead family members about what caused their murders, and who, when questioned about it, testily hissed, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Scrapping Trump would make Hillary president, who promises higher taxes, more job-killing regulations, billions of dollars for bogus “climate change” programs despite our staggering debt, expanded Obamacare, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and the importation of thousands of unvetted refugees from countries like Syria.

But most confounding are those citing moral indignation as their reason for rejecting Trump, when Hillary crudely spurns the most vital moral issues of humanity itself.
Hillary is rabidly pro-abortion, including partial birth abortion up through the ninth month, and, of course, embraces the Democratic Party platform, which has adopted the most pro-abortion platform in its history, including promises to fund abortion nationwide and globally by overturning the Hyde Amendment, repeal state and federal restrictions on abortion, and to crackdown on pro-life sidewalk counselors.

Hillary has mentioned no intention to overturn laws that force nuns helping the elderly poor to violate their religious convictions by providing for mandated contraception and abortifacients. Hillary embraces tyrannical LGBT politics, same-sex "marriage", and fails to condemn the snuffing out of private businesses whose proprietors refuse to partake in the celebration of what God teaches is sin.

Christian expressions in the public square are fundamental to American liberty, but Hillary has said “religious views need to change” regarding moral issues, and said in a 2015 speech that "religious views would not be grounds for objection" to reprehensible things like abortion. 

In Hillary's view, on what grounds would doctors be able to decline committing abortions because of their religious beliefs? This dovetails seamlessly with Hillary's frequent references to her support for our “freedom to worship”, which means nothing more than our right to go to church, but not to practice our faith outside the walls of that church. If that doesn’t give you chills, it should. While Trump may not be the poster boy for Christian morals, he, at least, promises no threats to our Christian freedoms.

Achieving a liberal social agenda requires the demolishing of these Christian freedoms, and how Hillary could accomplish this was made clear in the second presidential debate when she declared she would nominate only Supreme Court justices who uphold her radical leftist ideology. Not once did she mention the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s duty to uphold it. In contrast, Trump’s potential nominees are all committed constitutionalists.

It’s imperative to see the bigger picture. Beyond just Supreme Court justices, the president we elect will select Cabinet members, staff and other high ranking officials to move us toward that candidate’s vision for America. Who do you think will make the better selections? Tuesday's vote is not for merely a presidential candidate. It is for the broader political platform of that candidate's party. We cannot afford to overlook that.

We are all obligated to be good stewards of God’s gifts, and one of the greatest gifts ever bestowed by God is the USA, which has been the greatest force for good and the greatest experiment of individual liberty and prosperity the world has ever known. So we need to decide: Do we want to be good stewards of our country and preserve America, or do we want to relinquish it because we cannot get past the boorish comments of a candidate?

Sitting out the election or leaving the presidential circle blank are not options. Now is not the time for self-righteousness, but for self-sacrifice. We have a country to save from the ruinous, malignant policies of Hillary Clinton. It’s that simple and it’s that serious. Though certainly not perfect, Donald Trump is indeed our best hope for preserving America, and we have a duty to play our part in making that happen.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Beware of Hillary's contempt for Christians

On the Yahoo homepage as of 11:35 am, Oct. 13, 2016 (click on images to enlarge if necessary):


Expanded view when you click on the headline:

And the notice you get when you click on “Read more”:

I suppose I give HuffPo credit for running it in the first place, but am not surprised that they had second thoughts on exposing the truth about Hillary Clinton.

The original post is in reference to the leaked emails between Hillary Clinton and her campaign adviser, John Podesta, who talks about instigating a revolution among Catholics to protest the Pope by calling for a "Catholic Spring", and which refers to Christians and evangelicals as people who should be attacked. Following Hillary's previous public comments that religious beliefs would not be valid grounds for moral objection to things like abortion and euthanasia under her administration, is there any doubt as to what in the works for America?

Please, everyone, open your eyes at what is happening. Just like Nazi Germany fanned flames of hysteria against the Jews, accusing them of conspiracy and theft of jobs, it can happen, and is happening, today in America. Only this time it is the Christians who are being maligned as the enemy, as hateful bigots guilty of discrimination. Hillary does nothing to turn back this rhetoric; indeed, she spreads it.

Look past the Hillary-friendly soundbites on tv. Please know what is truly at stake here for America. This is not about me, a Catholic Christian being offended. This is about a woman who wants to be president and who promises to use her power to undermine the most fundamental freedom of religion, a freedom that is the cornerstone of America. A freedom under serious, threat -- a threat that would impact all of us, no matter what your personal politics are. Don't be fooled by the spin that would gladly bury the truth about Hillary. 

Take an honest look at what's really at stake and put America, not personal feelings, first. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Voting as a Catholic in 2016*

*This is a column from The Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver. Even for those who are not Catholic, I thought this contained profoundly relevant points and wanted to share. 

From Archbishop Aquila:
I have voted in every presidential election since 1972 and I have never experienced an election like this year’s. Both candidates are disliked, lack credibility, and have made comments that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The American public is fed up with politics as usual and with the establishment in both parties. So, what should Catholics do when we vote in November?

That question is one that I have been asked by the faithful more this year than in any previous election. Recently in a dinner discussion with a group of Catholics, the conversation turned to politics and became vigorous, as some at the table supported Clinton and some Trump. All eyes turned to me and one of them asked, “Archbishop, what do you think?”

First, I shared my aversion for both candidates. Then I said that they need to reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues. Everyone at the table knew well the teaching of the Church on life and the dignity of life. They knew that Catholics in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion.  All pretty much agreed that, when it comes to life issues, Catholic politicians on both sides of the aisle have put party ideology before their faith and living their faith in the public square.

This is the most important guidance I can give: allow your ongoing personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church to guide your political decisions. I say this because we believe that the truth about ourselves and the world we live in is revealed in and through him. Our society suffers and has suffered for quite some time because too few people live an integrated life – one that does not divide “the personal” from “the public.”

This year there are some critical changes to the two major parties’ platforms that some at the dinner were not aware of.  Most important is that this year the Democratic party platform calls for the overturning of the Hyde Amendment, a provision that both parties have voted to include in the federal budget and on other spending bills for 40 years. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer money from being used for abortion. The platform is aggressively pro-abortion, not only in funding matters, but in the appointment of only those judges who will support abortion and the repealing of the Helms Amendment, which prevents the U.S. from supporting abortion availability overseas. Conversely, the Republican party platform is supportive of the Hyde Amendment and just this year strengthened its support for life by calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, banning dismemberment abortion and opposing assisted suicide.

Our conversation then turned to the understanding of the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience, and the ability for faith-based organizations like the Church to provide charity through shelters, hospitals, homes for the elderly, etc., without fear of government interference and the existence of a respect for religious values.

In that vein, the subject was raised of the Health and Human Services mandate. This regulation requires the provision of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortifacients through employer’s health plans. Most surprising to me was that all at the table were practicing Catholics who are involved in their faith, and a couple of them had neither heard of the difficulty the Obama Administration has created for the Little Sisters of the Poor, nor the litigation that has occurred trying to force them to violate their consciences.

Catholic voters must make themselves aware of where the parties stand on these essential issues. The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.

The health of our nation depends on a deep respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the future of our society depends on how we protect that right. If we don’t, eventually we will go the way of Rome and Greece and other great civilizations that have risen and fallen.

Some, both in politics and in the Church, have stated that it is the Church that needs to change her teaching to include abortion, same-sex unions, and even euthanasia. Yet, in faithfulness to Jesus Christ, to the Gospel and to Sacred Tradition, the Church cannot change her teaching on these issues without denying Christ. She would cut herself from the vine and only wither away, as promised by Christ. The further we move away from Jesus Christ and his teachings, the more will our churches empty.

We are where we are today because too many Catholics and other people of faith have embraced the ways of the world and not the ways of Christ. They have not served as leaven that transforms society, but rather have condoned evil and the throw-away culture that Pope Francis frequently reminds us to reject.

When we fail to do this, the government will step in to fill the void. Indeed, the government will become “god” and impose its beliefs on the citizens. One only needs to look to the Health and Human Service contraceptive mandate, or the attempt by President Obama to force a transgender agenda onto public schools. We may even soon see the federal funding of abortion and the approval of physician-assisted suicide in Colorado. We are witnessing the dictatorship of relativism and the erosion of true freedom. And as Pope Francis often preaches, the devil gets in the mix quickly, especially when people no longer believe in God.

So my advice to Catholics in voting in this presidential election is to first look at who forms you and your conscience. Is it your personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church, the voice of God which cannot contradict the truth or revelation, or is it the ideology of some political party? Secondly, look at how you have been a leaven in society. How have you sought the common good and the values of the Gospel, especially by serving the poor, the needy, the unborn and the dying. If you truly live your Catholic faith, you will not find complete alignment with any political party, and that is okay.  Thirdly, look at how each party platform supports human life from conception through natural death, the freedom of religion and the freedom of conscience, the family, and the poor. Finally, do vote, as every Catholic has an obligation to participate in the political process.

For many, the presidential election will involve a choice between the lesser of two evils. On the Colorado ballot, we will also face the evil of physician-assisted suicide, known as Proposition 106. In conforming our hearts and minds with the Gospel and its clear teaching on life, all Catholics are called to vote “no” on this issue. A “yes” vote only furthers the throw-away society, and the culture of death. You will be hearing much more on this in the days and weeks ahead. Let us keep our country and state in our daily prayers, praying for God’s protection and blessings in these challenging, difficult times in which we live. And let us in charity pray for the conversion of those who support a throw-away culture of death!
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