What the Reformation has Wrought | Crisis Magazine

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The day may come when Catholics can support neither of the main American political parties or their candidates. Some think it’s already arrived. Alasdair MacIntyre, the Notre Dame philosopher, argued along those lines a few years ago, explaining why he couldn’t vote for either a Democrat or a Republican.

I don’t know what Professor MacIntyre will do this year. For my part, along with my brother bishops in Pennsylvania, I believe it’s important to vote today and on every election day. A well-formed Catholic conscience can choose wisely between the candidates. And this year, vital issues are at stake.

Still, elections are tough times for serious Catholics. If we believe in the encyclical tradition—from Rerum Novarum to Evangelium Vitae; from Humanae Vitae to Caritas In Veritate—then we can’t settle comfortably in either political party. Catholics give priority to the right to life and the integrity of the family as foundation stones of society. But we also have much to say about the economy and immigration, runaway debt, unemployment, war and peace. It’s why the US bishops recently observed that “in today’s environment, Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and few candidates fully share our comprehensive commitment to human life and dignity.”

Read more . . .

Obama’s “Equality” and “Liberty” for Women – Truth and Charity Forum

The Obama administration and the Democratic Party seem to abhor the fecundity of American women. They tout hormonal contraception, abortion, and sterilization as the trifecta of optimal women’s health. They are so zealous in their pursuit of an androgynous society (deliberate or not) that they are willing to trample on religious liberty to get it as they have unquestionably proven with the HHS mandate.

Read more . . . Obama’s “Equality” and “Liberty” for Women – Truth and Charity Forum.

“Womanhood is not a malformation. Fertility is not a disorder. Pregnancy is not a disease.” – from above article.

CNS STORY: DNC forum explores: Can you be a Democrat and be pro-life?

CNS STORY: DNC forum explores: Can you be a Democrat and be pro-life?.

It seems that it is getting harder and harder for pro-life Catholics to remain in the Democrat party. This article explores the problems these people face.