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In Church Bulletin, Some Voting Advice From Wisconsin Bishop
Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2004; Page A07 | Michael Powell and Jonathan Finer

Posted on 10/31/2004 9:54:01 PM PST by Former Military Chick

Sitting by the shores of a bay on Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Wis., has a substantial Catholic population and looms as a key electoral battleground. Its voters tend to be working class, and many are union members and socially conservative.

So it was no small matter when Green Bay's influential Bishop David A. Zubik issued a note in church bulletins this week urging Catholics to vote in the presidential election and to base their vote foremost on opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Although he emphasized that he was not endorsing a candidate, Zubik dismissed the distinction that Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry -- and many other liberal Catholic leaders -- has drawn between his Catholic faith and his public life.

"Some political figures in this election have asserted that there is a natural divide between their religious beliefs and their political views," Zubik wrote in a column also published in the Compass, the diocesan newspaper. "I argue that [this] is patently false. [It] goes against the fabric of what it means to be a person of faith."

President Bush opposes abortion and favors a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage.

"When you go to your local polls, don't leave God outside," Zubik wrote. "Remember that God created marriage. It's not a lifestyle choice that seeks to make marriage by law something God never intended marriage to be."

Antiabortion Catholic activists in Green Bay, such as banker Robert B. Atwell, say abortion eclipses the war in Iraq and poverty as an election issue. "They say all we care about is abortion. Well, it speaks volumes about Kerry's views," Atwell said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: catholics; catholicvote; church; wisconsin
You know I would have had an inch of respect had he told his church that while he feels like a Catholic he would not bring anything to the church with his feelings on Abortion. I mean, that flies in the face of all that folks believe in. Faith, it makes you who you are. Well, it is a good portion. Who you are Sunday should be who you are all week long. imho
1 posted on 10/31/2004 9:54:03 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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2 posted on 10/31/2004 9:55:09 PM PST by Former Military Chick (-"There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.")
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To: Former Military Chick

"Take away the supernatural, and what remains is the unnatural." Chesterton

3 posted on 10/31/2004 10:02:59 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: Former Military Chick
Philosophically, we can thank Kant for this notion that reason and faith can be divided.

Faith becomes a mere subjective feeling while reason is objective and therefore true.

This gives politicans the justification to say they believe something but then go ahead and vote for the opposite view.

They defend it by saying, "well I believe that but that is only my opinion, and I can't impose my opinion on someone else"

4 posted on 10/31/2004 10:22:57 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: fortheDeclaration

Yes, he can't impose his opinion on anybody else, but he can impose that I pay abortions with my money. And if I don't want to?. Do I have the freedom to keep that money for that part of my body that I let develop and is now outside my body, and is called "son"?. I could save that money for him. Unbelievable! part of my body outside my body.

5 posted on 11/01/2004 12:29:37 AM PST by angelanddevil2
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To: Former Military Chick

No Kiddin'. As an ex-Catholic I am heartened to see the RCC finally starting to assert its position.

Tradition (church history) and Scripture, as the RCC uses for guidance, both dictate a person NOT vote for Kerry. Period. End. No discussion.

6 posted on 11/01/2004 4:43:12 AM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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