The people have spoken.
Unfortunately, and obviously, they have made a major concession to secularism in many ways, not just in the most popularly talked about. Obama is and has been one of the single most 'progressive' voters in the U.S. government.
I'm not talking foreign policy, economy or immigration…I'm talking about the issues which for the first time in decades the Catholic bishops have united around and told Catholics how to vote morally in almost every way: abortion, contraception, religious liberty, and retaining the definition of marriage between one man on one woman.
During his term the president will likely have the opportunity to appoint three supreme court justices who serve for their entire lives. The president has made it clear that he will chose justices who 'respect a woman's right to choose' (the death of her child), who will rule in favor of redefining marriage to include someone of the same sex and who will have no problem ignoring the aspect of the constitution which guarantees the freedom to practice your religion (without incurring massive daily fines from the government because you refuse to provide a product which is considered immoral).
I can only hope non-Catholics are to blame…or at least more than in previous years. Those Catholics who contributed should seriously re-examine their moral reasoning. Universal healthcare could at the most reduce temporal suffering. Is that worth the millions far into the future whose fates are now sealed because Roe v. Wade cannot be swiftly overturned? The dozens of Catholic hospitals which will likely shut down or go out of business because their religiously formed conscience is being scolded by the president's view that contraception is healthcare and that unplanned pregnancy can be categorized as a disease that women need to be able to treat–with public…and now private money?
But there is no reason to give up hope. After all we are Catholic before we are American. We can do our best these next four years to clean up and unite our own. (And throw out some of we have to).
It will be interesting to hear Cardinal Dolan's remarks tomorrow.
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