LET Catholics can't justify Kerry vote

If any Catholic was confused by reading the article, "Tough choice awaits Catholics," which was in the Oct. 8 Post-Bulletin, or if any Catholic was confused by the Rev. Michael Baxter's presentation at Saint Francis Catholic Church, about which the article was written, it would be best to keep the following statement by Pope John Paul II in mind: "The right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with the maximum determination (Chistifideles Laici)."

Or perhaps the statement by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion ... (Letter to U.S. Bishops, 2004)." And finally a quote from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1989, "Abortion is the fundamental human rights issue for all men and women of good will."

If a practicing Catholic takes the time to read the statements concerning our church doctrine and teaching on abortion, he or she will soon learn that a vote for John Kerry in this presidential election cannot be justified.

Ronald; and Kathleen Sieve


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