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Catholic groups launches pro-Obama web site

October 22, 2008

DALLAS – Catholics for Obama has just launched a web site as the Nov. 4 White House race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain enters its final laps.

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Catholics, who account for close to a quarter of the U.S. adult population, comprise a key religious group that both sides have tried to woo. In closely contested swing states such as Ohio or Florida the Catholic vote could make a difference.

The web site is sure to stoke controversy in Catholic circles with this statement: “Is Barack Obama really pro-life? The answer is ‘yes.’ Looking through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, Senator Obama has spent his entire career striving for the common good. He supports health care programs that will cover all Americans, a living wage for working families, and solutions that allow distressed families to stay in their homes.” 

It goes on to say that Obama, a strong advocate like his party of abortion rights, will reduce the number of abortions by promoting health care for pregnant women and infant care.

Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues in America and official Catholic doctrine on the matter is clear: the church regards it as murder.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, a senior American in the Vatican, recently said the Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a ‘party of death’” because of its choices on bioethical questions and abortion.

Echoing several U.S. bishops, Burke accused the Democratic Party’s most high-profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — of misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion. 

McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are both staunchly opposed to abortion rights and the Republican Party often does well with conservative Catholics who vote largely on this issue.

But the flock itself is far more divided on the issue which can help Obama build on the leads he already has in most national polls with Catholic voters.

Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young. Obama speaks at campaign rally in Miami, Oct. 21, 2008.

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In 2003 John Paul II also became a prominent critic of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. In his 2003 State of the World address the Pope declared his opposition to the invasion by stating, “No to war! War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity.”
War and abortion are evils. McCain wants to continue war in Iraq which will mean more troops sent overseas. Where is he going to get his soldiers????? No choice but the DRAFT!!!!!!!!! A least families have a better opportunity for input when abortion is involved. They can intervene….speak to the person, send them to a religious leader (priest, minister, counselor, et al). NOBODY will have control once the government gets hold of your 18 year old SON or DAUGHTER!!!! Your child, niece, nephew, grandchild will learn how to KILL and might be killed in the process!!!! That is what soldiers are trained to do……KILL… bombs, guns, artillery. MASS DESTRUCTION!!! Countless children, pregnant women, innocent bystanders have been MURDERED in a war based on LIES to the American people. REPUBLICANS CRY PRO-LIFE when they want your vote. Nothing is ever done. REMEMBER !!!! Abortion laws vary from state to state… It is a complicated process with many interest groups interceding. CATHOLIC FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!!!!

Posted by El | Report as abusive
 

I’m Catholic and I support Obama and Biden. It is not our job to judge, God will decide- because we as humans are very imperfect.

Posted by crystal | Report as abusive
 

Nobody is pro-abortion! but expecting a 12 year old who is raped to have a baby is just as inhuman. Or expecting a mother who has unforeseen health crisis to risk her life. These things are the business of the mother, her god, the doctor and the people who love them, not society.

Posted by crystal | Report as abusive
 

McCain`s is a war monger…….. someone who sounds very vinditive and timid…….. he likes to bomb his way through problems (BOMB FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LETTER ATTITUDE)…….. THATS WHY HE TALKS MUCH ABOUT HIS EXPERIANCE AND THE SCARS TO PROVE IT (PRO BUSH)…….. AMERICANS BE WARNED…… WITH McCAIN, YOU CANNOT TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS…….PLEASE NO MORE WARS

Posted by pat | Report as abusive
 

What a shame that so many so called Catholics will be voting their wallets(big mistake) over their faith.

Posted by Kathy | Report as abusive
 

I am Catholic and I support Obama

Posted by lars | Report as abusive
 

How can a practicing Catholic, support a candidate who supports abortion. Just because he is says all the right things and promises good things for all else…if he approves of killing an unborn child…that is murder. What good is a “good life” if it is denied to another human being through no choice of “theirs”.

Posted by Cheryl Rybarczyk | Report as abusive
 

Just in time for election day, check out “So So Sorry Sarah” by Suji Gogo on youtube here:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=DzHwq7xoD7 0

I’m sure it will put a big smile on your face.
Cheers,
J

 

Rusty,have you never heard of the seperation of church & state.Look at the mess the muslim world is in because they don’t.Besides too many Big Macs are bad for your health.

Posted by deegee | Report as abusive
 

I find it apalling that people can call themselves Catholic, when they no longer even know what it means to be called a Catholic. “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.” Mark 7:6-7 Jesus has spoken to us regarding who truly follows Him and who is truly Catholic : ” By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20 When we begin to follow the words of men, and not of God…we are in deep trouble.” “And why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46 “the time will come when men will not endure the sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers according to their own lusts, and they will turn away their hearing from the truth and turn aside rather to fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3-4
Tonite, November 4, 2008, those of us who are truly Catholic and believe in LIFE, mourn, not only for the loss of 50,000,000 American infants, and the forecoming of the murder of still more, but also for those lost Catholics and Christians who no longer see the truth, those who have been caught up into the world and it’s false values of money, power and prestige and have forgotten Jesus and the precious gift of LIFE.

Posted by Catherine Sanford | Report as abusive
 

you are right catherine one reason the lord came back was to try to correct peoples focus.i think sadly an example was when he was talking to the woman at the well,she remarked samarians and our ancesters worship on that mountain,but the jews say we have to worship in jerusalem.the lord replied they don t know who they worship.to me thats an example of many people,the conception is that any pray where there is a mention of a god, automatically go,s up to the throne room,my bible says the man who loves god,god knows him.the reality is to love someone you have to know them,thats the difference.god bless you sister.

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