Catholics & the 2004 Presidential Election - Collected Readings & Resources

Friday, September 03, 2004

A political roundup of sorts . . .  

Posted by Christopher Blosser at 1:15 AM

Earl E. Appleby's busy Times Against Humanity covering the Republican National Convention. Now that President Bush has accepted the nomination, I expect Earl will give an excellent summary of events and grace us once again with is contributions. =)

In the meantime. here's a brief roundup of some GOP related stories that might be of interest to our readers:

  • CKW co-editor Oswald Sobrino has taken the time to review the Republican Party Platform, and declares it "Catholic-friendly."

  • Over at Curt Jester, CKW co-editor Jeff Miller reflects on the first Republican speaker to speak on abortion and same-sex marriage.

  • In 1992, a pro-abortion Zell Miller offered the nomination address for presidential candidate Bill Clinton -- who eventually became the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. Today's Zell Miller is a different man, though still a Democrat. He says he has lost faith in his party though he and many other pro-life Democrats remain members of it." has the story of Zell's "conversion."

    P.S. If you hadn't heard about Zell Miller's justified smackdown of obnoxious television pundit Chris Matthews, the transcript is worth reading.

    Chris Matthews, no friend to pro-lifers, caused something of a scandal last year by giving the commmencement address at (Jesuit) Holy Cross University, in a move that was vehemently opposed by the Cardinal Newman society.

    Needless to say, it was a pleasure to see the Senator from Georgia stand up to Matthew's "attack-dog" journalism and defend a woman's honor.

  • I had the impression that Michael Reagan was going to address the issue of stem cell research at the 2004 Republican National Convention (so reported back in August). Unfortunately, it seems he was simply called to present a video biography of his father. While he did have the opportunity to remind his audience that My mother, father and birth-mother were pro-life, and pro-adoption," nary a mention was made about the issue of stem-cells.

    As CKW pointed out last month ("Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up" August 14, 2004), science is actually on the side of the Republicans, and it would only be to their benefit to counter the "junk science" and illusive promises made by Ron Reagan and others. So long as as they neglect to do so, I believe Senator Kerry and the Democrats will have the upper hand in their appeal for public support of embroyonic stem cell research.

  • Patrick Sweeney ("Extreme Catholic") blogs about his experience attending The Republican Catholic Outreach Event, and the amazing people who are working to keep the GOP faithful to its traditional pro-life roots.
  • "Serenity in Storms", by Fr. George Rutler. National Review, Sept. 2, 2004. Sermon preached before the President of the United States and guests assembled in the Church of our Saviour in New York City for a prayer service on September 2, 2004. It is based on Mark 4:41.

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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Related Documents & Articles

Worthiness To Recieve Communion: General Principles
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Evangelium Vitae
Pope John Paul II

Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion, from Archbishop Donoghue (Atlanta, GA), Bishop Baker (Charleston, SC) and Bishop Jugis (Charlotte, NC).
August 4, 2004

Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

Catholic Politicians and Bishops. By Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis. America June 21-28, 2004.

A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

Why Communion Could Be Denied to Anti-Life Legislators. Interview with Father Thomas Williams, dean of the School of Theology of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Why Don't Catholic Politicians Practice What the Catholic Church Preaches?, by Judie Brown. Washington Dispatch April 19, 2004.

How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians, by Mark Stricherz. Crisis May 2003.

The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

Recommmended Reading

John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

Irreconcilable Differences", by Matthew Mehan. NRO Sept. 16, 2004.

John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.

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