Please listen to these two talks by Father Broom - on the
principles of Catholic voting, the Non-Negotiables and
the importance of following our conscience
Friends, we all have a double
citizenship! We have a permanent home
in heaven. Jesus said that He has gone
to prepare a place in heaven, in which there are many mansions and one of those
mansions is awaiting us! However, we are also earthly citizens, living in the
world and in contact with material and temporal realities. We must act always
in such a way that our minds and hearts are elevated to heavenly realities and
to act accordingly. This indeed should
influence the way we vote! Following are
ideas to help to create a “Christian mindset” for voting. As St. Paul reminds us, “Put on the mind of
AMOS READING. (Amos chapter 2). The prophet Amos depicts a society that has
lost respect for human life, “They sell the just man for silver, and the poor
man for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of
the earth, and force the lowly out of the way. Son and father go to the same
prostitute, profaning my holy name…” Human life becomes cheap, especially when it
is not respected from the very start.
Mother Teresa says that if we kill the most innocent we should not be
surprised that human life will not be respected as a whole. Father Juan Rivas, L.C. stated that once abortion was
legalized in Mexico (D.F.) a wave of violence ensued.
VOTE! Consider it a privilege as well as a
duty. Apathy! Today many are disgruntled due to the society
and have decided simply not to vote, wrong!
The Political philosopher Edmund Burke put it well, “So that evil triumph, it is sufficient that
good men do nothing.” We can sin
through omission too! Remember Dives and
Lazarus. (Lk.16). The rich man was
condemned not for what he did do, but what he failed to do!
CHRISTIAN-CATHOLIC CONSCIENCE IN
VOTING. There is the danger of the“Dictatorship of moral
relativism” as well as “Cafeteria Catholicism”. Absolute truth exists as expressed by the
Bible, the Church, The Magisterium, presided over by the Pope. When the Pope
speaks on matters regarding faith, doctrine and morals, then he is infallible because
it is the Holy Spirit who is guiding him and the Holy Spirit is the TRUTH!
GUIDING PRINCIPLES: THE NON-NEGOTIABLES. There are certain topics that do not have
supreme, paramount importance. Therefore, they should be taken less
seriously. However, there are other
topics that are of extreme importance, that will have influence on life and
death, time and eternity, salvation and damnation! These are the “Non-negotiables!” By the term
“non-negotiable” is meant that these actions and decisions are intrinsically
wrong, disordered and sinful. They
trespass against the Natural Law, reason, and, of course, Divine will, meaning
against God’s will! Also these are
perennial—meaning that these are not subject to change according to time,
social mores and customs, persons and circumstances! What then are the NON-NEGOTIABLES? Let us get to know them and defend the TRUTH
which will set us free!
This false philosophical system militates against the dignity of the
human person. Euphemistically it has
been called “Mercy-killing” (Dr. Kevorkian).
It asserts that human life has value only insomuch as it is economically
productive. This philosophy had its
origin among the 19th century political-social philosophers J.S.
Mill as well as Jeremy Bentham.
Therefore, an elderly person who is incontinent, senile, with
Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease or on dialysis—all the above are considered
an economic burden to society.
Logically, better to truncate their lives.
Modern society exalts the “5 Bs”--- BEAUTY, BRAINS, BRAWN,
BIG-BUCKS!!!! Furthermore, Euthanasia
can extend to using the ULTRASOUND, thereby detecting an extra gene--- meaning
the person will be a “Downs” child and thereby eliminate the child before he is
born! Jesus lived and preached and died for the exact opposite. Born in
poverty, siding especially with the poor, sick, disabled, blind deaf-mute and
lepers. He also preached: “Blessed are
the poor for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
EMBRYONIC EXPERIMENTATION. Today laboratories are spending huge sums of
money to try to create the perfect baby!
A Harvard, handsome athlete donating his sperm with a Hollywood
actress—by uniting the two, a perfect person will be created! In the meantime, those who are less perfect
can be discarded at will! We want to
play God: To decide who will come into
the world, the way they will come into the world and the time and manner that
they should leave the world! One of the
first things we should remind ourselves every morning is that there is a GOD in
the world and I am not HIM!
CLONING! Trying to create the human person in the
wrong manner. As willed by God, human life should be conceived only by the
mutual embrace between man and woman, better yet, husband and wife married
sacramentally in the church. Then God
decides on procreation! In the moment of
conception, God infuses the immortal soul that will live for all eternity! We must not contradict God’s will and tamper
with human life!
HOMOSEXUALITY! In the first book of the Bible, the Book of
Genesis, we read that God created man and woman. Actually the first command that God gives in
the Bible is INCREASE AND MULTIPLY! God did not create
“Adam and Steve, but Adam and Eve!”
Homosexuality transgresses all
laws: natural law, ecclesiastical law, divine law and even common sense! However, the most clear Biblical evidence is
founded in Genesis 19, in the account of Sodom and Gomorrah. These two cities fell into extreme moral
depravity—specifically, the practice of homosexuality. Lot and his family lived
there. Angels came to visit the family of Lot, taking on the appearance of
attractive men. The depravity of Sodom
and Gomorrah was so great that they lusted after these angels, and would not
stop until they terminated molesting them. Lot offered his daughters but the residents
of Sodom and Gomorrah would have nothing to do with this trade! Long story short, the angels came to the
door blinding these perverts and then God told Lot and his family to flee from
the cities and not even to look back. Lot’s wife did and was transformed into a
pillar of salt. Then God chastised the
residents of Sodom and Gomorrah by raining down from heaven fire and brimstone
thereby destroying the cities and their inhabitants! That is why the practice of homosexuality is
such a heinous crime and sin that it is one of the few that cries to heaven for
vengeance! In voting, we must oppose
homosexual/lesbian unions and support the family, which is according to Pope
John Paul II the basic building block of society and the domestic church!
ABORTION. Last but not least, we must
take into account in casting our vote the defense of the most defenseless—that
is to say the unborn baby who is in the womb of the mother. The safest place for the child should be the
womb of the mother. Sad to say, The womb
of the mother has become the tomb of the child.
Unfortunately, it has become the most unsafe place due to abortion---
the killing of the innocent child. Abortion is the most common operation in
USA. Since Roe vs. Wade close to 52
million surgical abortions, 4,000 a day, and close to one abortion every 20
seconds (3 a minute). To make matters
worse, chemical abortions, by taking “Plan B”—the after morning pill, as well
as hormonal contraceptives--have caused probably 200-300 million more “Micro
abortions”. This means
“microscopic”—they are so small and in the early stages that these
abortions—murders—can only be seen under a microscope! Still, we must defend
life as a gift from God, starting at the very first moment of life, which is
conception! Therefore, in voting, we
must take into account the most important criteria--- the importance of the
fundamental and basic institution founded by God Himself, the family; furthermore, we must be the voice of the
little child who cannot speak for himself. As the baby is aborted, he screams
in pain! We must be the voice to defend
him by voting motivated by proper, just and loving criteria! May our voting save the FAMILY! May our voting save the unborn child. “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us
sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”