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A Private International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right

Building the Church of the Home, Building the Church of the Poor

Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth 2012 Theme: “Proclaim the greatness of the Lord” Luke 1: 46-55 September 8, 2012 Re: CFC’s Solidarity with the USCCB in “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” Dear Brothers and Sisters in Couples for Christ USA, The United States and much of the world today continue to struggle with unprecedented economic woes and anxieties affecting the lives of many people. However, also in our midst for some time now, is an even greater danger about which the Pope has warned us: “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres” (Pope Benedict XVI - Jan. 19, 2012). Thus, while the economic crisis our country faces is real and must be dealt with positively, it is also intertwined with even more serious problems rooted in radical secularism threatening to destroy the very fabric of our society and endangering the salvation of many souls. In times like this, it is always good to be reminded once again of what our Lord has said: “Fear not for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10). However, this exhortation from the Lord demands that we do our part in giving our Christian witness courageously, prudently and with great perseverance in response to an important event coming up in just a few weeks. On November 6th, the United States of America will make a very important decision on who will lead this great country for the next four years. This year’s presidential and congressional elections are particularly critical for what is at stake – the culture of life in this country and for that matter in the rest of the world which is strongly influenced by what happens in the United States. As in the past, we continue to hear about promises of change but what we must remember is that true change can only come about by building a culture of life and a civilization of love. Dealing with the abortion issue for example, is very fundamental to this process of change. CFC is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse specific candidates for public office. However we have the responsibility in solidarity with the Church to guide our members on certain critical issues that affect our most fundamental values as Catholic Christians and as citizens. Being one with the Catholic Church, we submit ourselves to the pastoral authority of the Bishops of the United States who through the USCCB stated in their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship that: “The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith. (no.9)” The full text of the document can be found in: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/forming-consciences-for-faithfulcitizenship.pdf. Here are some of the key points that we can summarize through this USCCB document: 1. Not all issues have the same moral equivalence. Some issues are “intrinsically evil”; that is, they can never under any circumstance or condition be morally justified. Preeminent among these intrinsic evils are legalized abortion, the promotion of same sex unions, repression of religious liberty, as well as public policies permitting euthanasia, racial discrimination and human embryonic stem cell research.
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USA

A Private International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right

Building the Church of the Home, Building the Church of the Poor

Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth 2012 Theme: “Proclaim the greatness of the Lord” Luke 1: 46-55 The “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” document clearly states: “There are some things we must never do, as individuals and as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. These are called 'intrinsically evil' actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, 'abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others' (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5). It is a mistake with grave moral consequences to treat the destruction of innocent human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed." (no. 22) 2. The overriding issue of abortion while not the “only issue” is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 39 years. The outcome of this year’s election will determine for the next 30 years the face of the Supreme Court and whether or not the most unjust decision it has ever rendered: Roe v. Wade in 1973, will be overturned. Since then, more than 50 million innocent lives have been lost through surgical abortion alone. This is equivalent to the total population of more than 25 major cities in the United States being completely wiped out. As Catholics, we are morally obligated to pray, to act and to vote to abolish the evil of abortion in America, limiting it as much as we can until it is finally abolished. To vote for a candidate who supports the intrinsic evil of abortion or “abortion rights” when there is a morally acceptable alternative would be to cooperate in the evil – and therefore morally impermissible. 3. The destruction of the most innocent of human life through abortion and embryonic stem cell research not only undercuts the basic human right to life, but it also subverts and distorts the common good. As Pope John Paul II clearly states: "Disregard 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... It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop..." (The Gospel of Life, 72; 101) 4. In recent years there have been intensifying efforts to redefine marriage and enact measures which undermine marriage as the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman and a fundamental moral and social institution essential to the common good. “The family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other distortions of marriage. Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program. It is important to uphold parents’ rights and responsibilities to care for their children, including the right to choose their children’s education. (46)” “The role, responsibilities, and needs of families should be central national priorities. Marriage must be defined, recognized, and protected as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman and as the source of the next generation and the protective haven for children. (70)”
315 West Maple Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 Tel. No. (626)-358-9900

www.couplesforchristusa.org

USA

A Private International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right

Building the Church of the Home, Building the Church of the Poor

Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth 2012 Theme: “Proclaim the greatness of the Lord” Luke 1: 46-55 5. “Children are to be valued, protected, and nurtured. As a Church, we affirm our commitment to the protection and well-being of children in our own institutions and in all of society. We oppose contraceptive mandates in public programs and health plans, which endanger rights of conscience and can interfere with parents’ right to guide the moral formation of their children. (71)” 6. In the last few years we have seen renewed efforts to force Catholic ministries - in health care, education, and social services - to either violate their consciences or stop serving those in need. We oppose such government mandates which are in direct violation of religious freedom guaranteed by the US Constitution. “The USCCB actively supports conscience clauses, opposes any effort to undermine the ability of faith-based groups to preserve their identity and integrity as partners with government, and is committed to protecting long-standing civil rights and other protections for both religious groups and the people they serve. Government bodies should not require Catholic institutions to compromise their moral convictions to participate in government health or human service programs. (78)” 7. Other important issues such as immigration reform, healthcare, the economy and its solvency, care and concern for the poor, and the war on terror, have many possible solutions that can be reasonably debated. Although these are matters of “prudential judgment,” they are not optional concerns and Catholics must not ignore Church teachings on these matters. However, issues of prudential judgment are not morally equivalent to issues involving intrinsic evils. Thus no matter how right a candidate is on any of these issues, it does not outweigh a candidate’s unacceptable position favoring an intrinsic evil such as abortion or the protection of “abortion rights.” Guided by the Church’s teachings on these grave matters, we as Catholics must educate ourselves on where candidates stand on these issues and then exercise our properly formed individual consciences accordingly. May God bless our nation and the world. Yours in the Lord's service, The CFC USA National Council:

Eric Villanueva National Director

Rod Bustos

Cris Kagahastian

Jack Macalalad

Tat Reyes

Glen Santayana

Roger Santos

cc: USCCB General Secretary, Rev. Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins
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