Skip to comments.Catholic Outreach [to Republicans]
Posted on 09/04/2004 6:12:21 PM PDT by Salvation
by Craig E. Richardson
| While most of the prime-time speakers at the Republican National Convention focused on key issues like protecting America from terrorism, an important subplot this week was the Republicans' efforts to solidify support of faithful Catholics whose primordial concerns in this election are the protection of life and marriage.
The Catholic vote is arguably the most important voting bloc to both presidential campaigns, and its a constituency that the Republican National Committee (RNC) actively courted in New York.
In terms of traditional marriage, not surprisingly its difficult to pin Kerry down. He missed the Federal Marriage Amendment cloture vote in July, and was only one of 14 senators to vote against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Last November in the wake of the horrendous Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courts decision mandating homosexual marriage, Kerry said he opposed gay marriage according to a Kerry press release, but at the same time called on the Massachusetts Legislature to ensure equal protection for gay couples.
** Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), a long-time pro-life stalwart, and the invocation was given by His Excellency Rene H. Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas. Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, gave the benediction, and Martin Gillespie, who is director of the RNCs Catholic outreach efforts, provided welcoming remarks. The keynote was Catholic RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.
Other scheduled speakers included Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Congressman Mark Green (R-WI); Governor Mike Johanns (R-NE); Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH); Congresswoman Melissa Hart (R-PA); Congressman Mark Kennedy (R-MN); Matt Schlapp, White House political director; and Virginia State Senator Ken Cuccinelli.**
Some names to re-elect and/or support!
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My parish will have tables set up after all masses during the next two weekends with voter registration forms. We cannot, of course, endorse any candidates, but we can encourage people to vote. Our priest has emphasized the Catholic stance on the Life Issues and the Family. After the rousing standing ovation our (packed) parish gave our new bishop several months ago (after a VERY strong homily about our church's belief about abortion), I have no doubt we'll see many votes for President Bush!
I would love being part of it.
i have no idea what FReepmail is?
Are you referring to a private post?
"Any comments on the Republicans reaching out to Catholics??"
Darn shame that they have to. Catholics should be supporting the Stupid Party against the Evil Party as the best chance to bring wholesale baby-killing to a stop.
How a Catholic can support baby-killers is beyond me.
>>>>>"Any comments on the Republicans reaching out to Catholics??"
>>Darn shame that they have to.
It's about voter registration. Catholics may agree with them 100% on the core issues, but if they don't go to the polls, it won't matter. Much of the GOP reaching out this year is in voter registration at the Churches, where possible. If you can do it, help them out. Set up a voter registration event at your church.
This is really where elections are won and lost.
I think all the people at the Church I used to attend would vote for Kerry if they registered, so I'll just let that sleeping dog lie.
You're precisely right. Overall, Catholics who regularly attend Mass voted nearly 60% for Mr. Bush in 2000, and appear to be ready to do so again.
That means, if you're registering Catholics AFTER MASS, for every five you register, Mr. Bush is likely to get three votes.
I like them odds.
When this elction is over, John Kerry will probably never see the inside of a Church again. Let's make sure he is not forced to keep going to Church by putting on a show as President.
Most Catholics I have spoken to seem to realise he has to be beaten.
I was there at the Westin Hotel after the freeper breakfast, Sean Hannity was a no show at the hotel.
The sheet they gave out is very informative, Kerry voted against marriage penalty relief 22 times, child tax credit 18 times, adoption tax credit 7 times, stated that he would vote against any restrictions to abortion, DOMA, and is for: population control, taxpayer funded abortions, international family plannining, partial birth abortion, cloning, euthanasia,
..The Catholic vote is arguably the most important voting bloc to both presidential campaigns..
and is probably the largest voting block.
We too will be having a Ministry Fair next weekend, September 11 and 12th (Dates picked by our deceased priest.) We get our new priest on Wed. September 8th so this will afford him an opportunity to get acquainted.
We will have Voter Registration at the "Respect Life" table. Every church should be doing this right now.
**Set up a voter registration event at your church.
This is really where elections are won and lost.**
On the mark as always!
**I'll just let that sleeping dog lie.**
Where is the backbone of your spirit? Challenge them like you challenge people here! (I know -- at least here you know we have some brains......LOL!)
**That means, if you're registering Catholics AFTER MASS, for every five you register, Mr. Bush is likely to get three votes.**
Even if he would get only one or two of those votes -- that would be a great average!
The facts here are staggering. Wish this could get out into some kind of advertisement against Kerry.
I'm surprised there is no .pdf link so that we could print it and send it around via e mail.
Religious Catholics could make the difference in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Outside of those states, they aren't much of a factor. But those three are VERY IMPORTANT this year.
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