Democrats Wooing Dumbed Down Catholics
by Barbara Kralis
23 April 2004
John Kerry's false statements seem to carry more weight
with certain Catholics than all of the Popes since St. Peter.
The real title of
this column, if we want to get rough (and we do) might be "Dumbed down Catholics
voting for dumbed down Kerry." Or, "Welcome to Kerry's party for dummies."
Allow me to explain why the dumbing down of U.S. Catholic laity is likely
to win the 2004 Presidential Race for John Kerry.
Catholics worldwide numbered 1.07 billion in 2002, and more than half of
them are in The Americas, says the 2004 Pontifical Yearbook.
In the U.S., 65 million Catholics make up 25% of the nation's population
and will result in 27% of the votes in this November 2004 election.
One survey reveals that 70% of all U.S. Catholics are still undecided how
they will vote, even though their Pope has warned them that the act of abortion
is an act of murder and one cannot vote for abortion. The Kerry campaign
is most aware of these statistics regarding wishy washy or lukewarm Catholics.
A significant part of Kerry's support in his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire
came from Catholic supporters.
Some pollsters call Catholics the 'swing vote,' meaning they're more diverse
in their loyalties, voting less for the Democrat 'abortion' Party than they
did 50 years ago, when the party was pro life, pro family, pro America.
Many faithful Mass-attending Catholics agree that the party is dead and gone
and no longer represents their beliefs.
While Kerry wants Catholics to reestablish their old Democratic ties, his
staffers are pulling out all the stops to keep current Catholics supporters
from leaving the party.
Statisticians also tell us that the majority of Catholics still have loyalties
to the Democrat party. But Andrew Smith of the University of New Hampshire
Survey Center said, "Catholics don't vote as a bloc, they are as varied as
Protestant voters or any other voters.''
The obvious question one next asks is, "How can any 'real' Christian, who
truly accepted Christ as the only Savior of the world and is acting accordingly,
still be affiliated with the official abortion and sodomite party?"
The answer is simply that pro-abortion Democrats are successfully wooing
dumbed-down Catholics into thinking their party is in line with Church teachings.
How are the Democrats doing this?
They're doing it with the help, directly or indirectly, of most of the Catholic hierarchy. Let me explain.
There are 71 pro-abortion 'Catholic' legislators in U.S. Congress and 415
pro-abortion 'Catholic' state legislators. These legislators, week after
week, continue to receive the Eucharist (sacrilegiously) in many (not all)
dioceses nationwide. Except for two courageous bishops, Archbishop
Burke and Bishop Bruskewitz, no other bishops have placed canonical sanctions
against these pro-abortion legislators. This sends the clear message
to those Catholics in the pews that it's perfectly all right to vote for
abortion and still be a Catholic in good standing.
Another way Democrats will try to win, or con, Catholic voters is their preparation
of a 'Catholic Voting Scorecard' in an effort to show that Catholic Democratic
lawmakers have adhered more closely to the position of the U.S. Catholic
hierarchy on key issues than their Catholic Republican counterparts.
Of course, this will take much chicanery on Kerry's part. The preliminary
scorecard does not include any Republican social justice issues such as school
vouchers or faith-based initiatives. Are Catholics catechized sufficiently
to see through the Democrats' theological deceptions? I predict they
Sadly, most any Catholic, age 60 years or younger, who received a 'Catholic'
education in many of the 9,500 U.S. Catholic elementary and high schools,
235 Catholic colleges or universities, suffers the most ignorance of faith
due to radically anti-Catholic, pro-gay curricular studies in place.
This is most prevalent at Jesuit institutions of higher education.
In addition, most all other baptised and confirmed Catholics who have gone
through typical parish educational courses such as RCIA, CCD programs, Marriage
Preparation classes, have not been properly catechized in the Catholic faith
due to a lack of teachers and programs, with some programs actually teaching
heresies. Therefore, the Church has several generations of dumbed-down
Catholics who are extremely vulnerable to rejecting or doubting revealed
truths of the faith out of ignorance. Incidentally, anyone guilty
of the crime of teaching heresy incurs excommunication 'ipso facto'
('by the very fact' or automatically).
Catholic author Ken C. Jones' recent book, Index of Leading Catholic Indicators,
shows that only ten percent of lay religious teachers now accept church teaching
on contraception. Fifty-three percent of lay religious teachers believe a
Catholic can have an abortion and remain a good Catholic. Sixty-five percent
of teachers believe that Catholics may divorce and remarry. Seventy-seven
percent of lay religious teachers believe one can be a good Catholic without
going to mass on Sundays. By one New York Times poll, 70 percent of
all Catholics in the age group 18 to 44 believe the Eucharist is merely a
"symbolic reminder" of Jesus. Therefore, if you and I do the math,
only 25-30% of the U.S. 65 million Catholics are faithful.
Welcome to the era of proportionalism, or Catholicism 'lite.' Too many
Catholics nationwide, and let's not exclude many of our Church hierarchy,
suffer the condition of a faith that purports "if it feels good, it can't
be morally wrong anymore." Thus, we have the dumbing down of already
lukewarm Catholics to the mental level of a Texas armadillo (not that I intend
to degrade the hairy bellied armadillo's intelligence).
Many Catholics have outright rejected faith, reason and truth, replacing
it with false proportionalism preached from modernist bishops/clergy, pro-abortion
politicians, wealthy sports figures, and pro-gay television sitcoms.
There is a crisis of faith because there is a crisis of truth. Thus,
John Kerry's message of a false Catholicism easily leads the dumbed down
For example, Associated Press reported recently, "Kerry says he is personally
opposed to abortion, but supports the rights of others to make that choice.
Kerry argues that church doctrine allows Catholics the freedom of conscience
to choose that stance." Oh, really?
As a Catholic legislator, Kerry's obligation to stop abortion is clearly
defined by Church teachings, contrary to what Kerry falsely claims. Pope
Pius XI, in his more relevant than ever landmark encyclical, warns (this
will give you chills):
who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of
public authority ... to defend the lives of the innocent ... among whom we
must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother's womb. And
if the public magistrates ... do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances
betray them to death at the hands of doctors and others, let them remember
that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cries from earth
to heaven. (Casti Connubii §67).
recently, Pope John Paul II exhorted all Christians, including Kerry, that
they cannot support abortion ever, but instead must do everything to oppose
abortion and pro abortion legislation:
for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person
whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility
of achieving the common good. Consequently, a civil law authorizing
abortion or euthanasia ceases by that very fact to be a true morally binding
civil law. Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law
can legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws;
instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious
objection. From the very beginning of the Church, the apostolic preaching
reminded Christians of their duty to obey legitimately constituted public
authorities, but at the same time it firmly warned that 'we must obey God
rather than man.' (Evangelium vitae §72-73).
Catholic politicians' false statements, such as John Kerry’s, seem to carry
more weight with dumbed-down Catholics than all of the Popes since St. Peter.
Kralis and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct
the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation.
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