If we elevate either Party to the status of Religion, we create an idol. And that's a violation of the First Commandment.
Secondly, the teaching of the Catholic Church is that Life is from Womb to Tomb. And that covers a lot of territory. Neither Party embraces the teaching of our Church completely. And neither does more than the other. We must be very careful about how we express these viewpoints.
As a Catholic, I truly believe that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ on Earth. Our current Pope is Francis. He has stated - on top of Statements issued by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict - that there are many intrinsic evils in the world. One is abortion. But others EQUAL to abortion include Racism and Bigotry, as well as Lying and the Death Penalty among many others. The current edition of the catechism states clearly that the Church must work to stop the Death Penalty.
It's tough. For me, personally, I do have to look at abortion. I'm adopted, so this is an important issue.
Several years ago, a former pastor directed me to some studies that show that when the Democrats are in power, abortions actually decrease. I didn't really believe them, but I watched the ongoing reports. The two major factors that create this are tied to funding. When funds are available to ensure that the pregnancy doesn't happen, and when funds are available to ensure that much needed Social Services are available after the baby is born, abortions drop dramatically. When Obama left office, abortions were at the lowest point since Roe v Wade.
However, this administration has either cut or completely slashed those funds. And the result is horrifying. Abortions are again on the rise.
Don't even worry about Planned Parenthood. No Federal money can be used for abortions or to even recommend any. And many States, including Texas, do not allow any State money to be used in that regard as well. And they are highly audited.
For me, Trump is a con artist. He was pro-choice months before the Republican Convention. Not one abortion has been stopped in the US by anything that he has done. And as I stated, the numbers are rising.
As I stated, the Church teaches that Pro-Life is Womb to Tomb. Look at everything else. When dealing with White National Extremists, there are not "good people on both sides." Racism and Bigotry are EQUAL to abortion. They are intrinsic evils.
Separating children from their parents legally seeking asylum at our border is not Pro-Life.
Using extreme measures against prisoners is not Pro-Life.
Reinstating the Death Penalty is not Pro-Life.
His constant lying to the public is an intrinsic evil.
In a few weeks, we'll hear from the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46. Read it. Jesus is very direct in how we will be judged individually and as a nation.
You tell me when Trump fed the hungry? His policies have led to millions of school children without breakfast and lunch.
You tell me when he has welcomed the stranger, the immigrant? I'll show you Executive orders that rescind DACA and again cite the example of separating children from their parents legally seeking asylum at our border.
You tell me when he comforted the elderly and I will show you his 2021 budget proposal that slashes $1 trillion from Medicare. Check it out. It's a matter of record, not some crazy meme.
You tell me how he visited the sick and I'll play the recording where he states that he knew how bad COVID is, but lied to all of us about it, lies that resulted in an estimated 39,000-54,000 deaths because he acted slowly.
Don't mention judicial appointments. Nothing has changed. And if you know about law, and the history of abortion cases before the SCOTUS, there are several cases that must be overturned. And even then, it simply goes back to the States. At the time of Roe v Wade, 37 States allowed for abortion. 13 didn't, and 1 of those was in the process of allowing abortions.
The only way to truly end abortions is with a Constitutional Amendment. That requires two-thirds of each House and three-fourths of the States. No President is involved with the process.
And there's no political Will in Congress or the States to do anything. Why? Because both parties use it as a means to get people's vote.
And while the Democrats are pro-choice, their policy is to fund those programs. That will lead to the numbers once again decreasing. They support States that have euthanasia, and that's a problem. But on everything else? Nope. I'm an American citizen and I don't want my President cozying up to Putin or North Korea. I want NATO to remain strong. And I want a President who will demand answers about Russian interference in our elections, provide actual national leadership to protect our election system and question Putin regarding reports that he has paid for American soldiers to be killed.
So again, this isn't about some spiritual battle or the Catholic Church. There are those who would like us to think that. But this is about American democracy. As a Catholic, I have to remain informed. I have to pray. A lot! And then, I have to vote. And right now, my vote is to end this nightmare." John Halloran