Two Letters to Barak Obama

by Steve Ray on January 19, 2009

The First Letter is from Cardinal George, President of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops

and the Second Letter is from Karl Keating, President of Catholic Answers

Pope USExcerpt from Cardinal George’s Letter: “As Bishops, we approach public policy as pastors and teachers. Our moral principles have always guided our everyday experience in caring for the hungry and homeless, offering health care and housing, educating children and reaching out to those in need. We lead the largest community of faith in the United States, one that serves every part of our nation and is present in almost every place on earth. From our experience and our tradition, we offer a distinctive, constructive and principled contribution to the national dialogue on how to act together on issues of economic turmoil and suffering, war and violence, moral decency and human dignity.”

img_0192Excerpt from Karl Keating’s Letter: “Mr. President, on Election Day you achieved a clear victory, but you won no mandate. You are savvy enough to know that if you had had an opponent with a clearer message, or if President Bush had not had such low approval ratings, or if the country had not been at war, or if the Republican Party had offered a coherent philosophy, or if the economy had tanked just a couple of months later—today you probably would be the junior senator from Illinois.

“YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE   Some of the political positions you have endorsed (I refer here to your positions on the “five non-negotiables”) are unworthy of you, as they are unworthy of anyone who wishes to be considered humane. There is nothing humane in killing children, in killing the elderly or sick, or even in backing a distorted idea of what constitutes real marriage. You now have achieved the highest office in the land. There is no greater honor that the American people can bestow on you. There is no greater honor that you can return to them than to conform your own conscience to the highest moral standards and to embrace truth and justice for their own sake—and for the sake of those who are victims of the ‘five non-negotiables.’”

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Pete January 19, 2009 at 8:33 PM

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Obama is diametrically opposed to every official teaching of the Church. From right to life, to unusual sexual pairings, to economics, to fetal stem cell research. We can not wish that he will accomplish his change agenda. And yet he had many Catholic adherants (read “The Florida Catholic” of last week. Front page Pro-life, page 2 article lauding Mr. Obama by a Catholic who was a “footsoldier” for Obama). Simply grotesque.

Ronald King January 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

God’s ways are not our ways. One thing people cannot live without on a purely human level is hope. The way people learn is by watching others in their actions. People of color begin to gain hope when they look to the U.S. and observe our example. The second class human being begins to gain a sense that she or he has value when they see a man of color become president of the U.S. They will see that he is married and has two beautiful daughters who he loves and are devoted to. They will see that he and his spouse share a bond of love that has strengthend them to endure viscious attacks against their character that very few of us could face in the public venue.
Those who are on the fringes will begin to have hope. There will be less abortion because value and hope will be internalized into the human heart where none existed before. People of color will want to emulate the family they see in the White House.
God gives those in need what they need. 5,000,000 children die each year before their 5th birthday in third world countries. These children and their mothers have no voice, just as the unborn have no voice. There is no difference. They are all innocent and we ignore them and we call ourselves “pro-life”. Pro-life has no limitations except in our ability to see how we are all connected. If we are the Body of Christ we must sacrifice our comfort and security just as He and His disciples did and give hope to those who suffer at the fringes wherever they are. God becomes real when we show the acts of love that go beyond internal and external boundries.
I am against abortion but politics will not put an end to abortion. Changing hearts through personal sacrifice and openly demonstrating God’s Love for those who suffer will stop abortion.

checker January 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Ronald King, well said

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