The ambassadors said on July 31 that despite their own political differences, they all believe that Mitt Romney “can be a great force for good in this nation.”
They explained that they are united in their support of Romney’s candidacy by the conviction that all Catholics are “called to advance the moral teachings of
Former ambassadors Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Ray Flynn, Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney and Mary Ann Glendon are the new national co-chairs of the Catholics for Romney coalition.
In a letter to fellow Catholics, the ambassadors said that while they are Democrats, Independents and Republicans, they are “united in faith and in action” with regards to the upcoming election.
“Where the stakes are highest – in the defense of life, liberty, and human dignity – we have a duty to act that is greater and more urgent than allegiance to any political party,” they explained.
The former diplomats – whose years of service range from 1986 to 2009 – said that no matter which issues become the focus of the presidential campaign in coming months, “our concerns lie with fundamental rights, beginning with religious liberty.”
The ambassadors observed that the Obama
Primary among these threats is a new requirement that will force employers to offer health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their religious convictions.
In contrast, the diplomats said, “Governor Romney believes that freedom to live one’s faith is essential to liberty and human fulfillment.” They noted that he has “pledged himself to removing those federal mandates immediately.”
Furthermore, they noted, “the current
The ambassadors also defended Romney’s pro-life stance, arguing that while “the current
Critics of Romney remain skeptical about his claim to have had a conversion to a pro-life position in 2004, after confronting the issue of embryonic stem cell research and realizing that it was wrong to create a human life simply to destroy it.
However his supporters point to his consistent pro-life record as governor of
The ambassadors also cited Romney’s recent statement that “there is no greater force for good in the nation than
This statement recognizes the important role and “special duty” of faithful individuals and organizations, they argued.
“We urge our fellow Catholics, and indeed all people of good will, to join with us in this full-hearted effort to elect Governor Mitt Romney as the next President of the
would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent
supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides
in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human
defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of
the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these
essential purposes. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the
Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the
It was George Washington, during the course of the first inaugural address. Having led the army of the Revolution from June 15, 1775 to December 23, 1783, eight long years,
In so many ways, George Washington set the tone for the presidency and the nation as someone guided by his faith, garnered from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
This is in sharp contrast to our present American President who invariably
refers to “the holy Koran.”
The Constitution, however, was achieved only with a major compromise regarding slavery; one that would require a Civil War to end the abhorrent practice. Most of the Founders knew this. Many had been born into or ascended to the planter class in an era when slavery was the accepted order of the day and they opposed it. It deeply offended their personal sense of morality even if this source of labor was deemed necessary at the time.
Men are imperfect creatures, subject to their passions, and through civilization’s long history of Judeo-
We have seen that Islam accepts no tolerance and demands global submission. Western civilization has been is locked in a war of survival with Islam since the seventh century.
For 236 years
The tens of thousands who turned out for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day are testimony to the push-back occurring in
A moment of prayer, a simple act of piety, has been banished from our schools. Demands that symbols of faith be removed from the public square have increased.
to silence the clergy who minister to our armed forces are underway. Separation
of Church and State—found no where in our Constitution—has been twisted into
efforts to diminish the public role of the churches and synagogues when it most
emphatically does not mean freedom from religion.
The most solemn belief in the sanctity of human life, particularly of the Catholic Church, has come under attack with the passage of Obamacare.
Many faithful believe that a president who endorses same-sex marriage is endorsing the destruction of the moral heart of our nation and society.
As American principles, anchored in religious faith and commonly held moral teachings, come under attack, Americans are increasingly aware of the two forces that remain the greatest enemies of morality as defined by Western civilization: One is Communism and the other is Islam, the antithesis of Judeo-
As Americans of all faiths approach the national elections in November their vote may prove a tipping point toward America’s continued slide into the darkness, into the slavery of Communism, into the further encroachments of Islam, into a moral abyss, or it can be the day that Americans renew their faith in what America stood for in the past and the values it can champion in the future.
VATICAN CITY, AUG. 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A papal message to the Knights of Columbus lauds the men's group for their work in helping the Catholic community to respond at this time "when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom."
This was part of the encouragement sent to the Knights by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state, on the Holy Father's behalf. The message, dated July 19, is on the occasion of the Knights' 130th Supreme Convention, which will be held next week.
"The theme of this year's Supreme Convention - Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land - evokes not only the great biblical ideals of freedom and justice which shaped the founding of the United States of America, but also the responsibility of each new generation to preserve, defend and advance those great ideals in its own day," the papal message stated. "At a time when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom, the Knights of Columbus have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church's liberty and public moral witness.
"By defending the right of all religious believers, as individual citizens and in their institutions, to work responsibly in shaping a democratic society inspired by their deepest beliefs, values and aspirations, your Order has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding."
The Pope suggested that the current challenges are proof of "the decisive importance of the Catholic laity for the advancement of the Church's mission in today's rapidly changing social context."
The message cited what the Holy Father told a group of US bishops in Rome earlier this year, that "the demands of the new evangelization and the defense of the Church's freedom in our day call for 'an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.'"
In this context, the Pontiff called on the Knights of Columbus to "reinforce the praiseworthy programs of continuing catechetical and spiritual formation which have long been a hallmark of your Order."
Knight," he said, "in fidelity to his baptismal promises, is pledged
to bear daily witness, however quiet and unassuming, to his faith in