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BY The Editors
Thank You, Register
How did Americans, about 70 million
of whom are Catholic, elect the most pro-abortion, left-wing, inexperienced
senator to the highest office of the greatest nation on earth?
Crisis-pregnancy centers like the
one I direct are trembling: Can we continue to reach out to women
considering abortion? Will we be allowed to discuss abortion’s physical,
emotional and spiritual effects on women? Or will we be limited to distributing
diapers, formula and baby clothes?
Apparently, more than half of
American Catholics didn’t get the memo. While one-third of our bishops made
strong public statements about the need to make the right to life for the
unborn paramount when considering for whom to vote, the other two-thirds did
not. While many individual priests (Father Pavone of Priests for Life being a
shining example) explained the repercussions of voting for a pro-abortion
candidate, many others were silent. While many lay Catholic pro-life
organizations and individuals worked overtime to get the message out, so many
other Catholics were afraid to talk to their fellow parishioners who
plastered Obama stickers on their cars and planted Obama signs on
The Register, on the other hand, was
front and center with regard to this election. Issue after issue contained front-page
stories about the candidates’ differences with regard to their pro-life or
pro-abortion records, what they planned to do as president regarding the life
issues, and what kind of Supreme Court justices they would appoint. No one
subscribing to the Register had an excuse to be uninformed on this most
important of elections.
Thank you, Register, for coming
through for the pro-life cause. While we mourn this great loss, let us resolve
to make sure that before the next election the other 54% of Catholics get the
In your blog post “Our President,”
you wrote: “... we always liked Obama ... It’s a day to say to Obama and his
Huh? I’m confused. Is this the
Register or the Reporter?
As a longtime subscriber who has
always admired the Register for its faithfulness to the teachings of the
Church, I admit that I was taken aback by Hoopes’ “out of the closet for Obama”
style of editorial. I am just now regaining my composure, having come to grips
with the fact that those 35 years of pro-life legislation will soon be written
away by Obama with one stroke of the pen — and my favorite Catholic newspaper
informs me they have always liked this guy.
To be quite frank with you, I’m wondering if I like the Register anymore and
whether I should continue my subscription.
I know, I know: “Love the sinner and
hate the sin.” And I abide by Christ’s philosophy. But I sure hate the fact
that the next resident of the White House will soon be unapologetically
promoting the sins I hate the most.
Time for Mourning
In response to your blog post “Our
President,” the sad reality is that Barack Obama would not be president-elect
if it were not for an army of poorly catechized American Catholics marching to
the polls with their ill-formed consciences in tow. But could we really expect
more from American Catholics, 70% of whom don’t attend Sunday Mass? Many of
these “Obama Catholics” don’t believe in the Real Presence, contracept at the
same rate as the rest of the country, thumb their noses at the sacrament of
reconciliation, and consider the life issue to be equivalent to taxes and
I was proud of the American bishops,
who published “Faithful Citizenship” and made clear the Church’s teaching that
the life issue supersedes all other issues and that a vote for a pro-abortion
candidate is cooperation with moral evil. Too bad most Catholics don’t care
what the Church teaches and practice their own brand of Catholicism.
No, Mr. Hoopes, this is not a time
to celebrate Obama’s exciting achievement — unless you consider setting back
the pro-life movement by decades exciting. This is a time for mourning: a time
to mourn that the most liberal and anti-life politician in America is now
president-elect, a time to mourn the loss the Catholic Church’s influence in
shaping values and promoting truth. It’s a time to beg for God’s mercy, that he
will preserve our fragile democracy from the threat of socialism, terrorism and
the anti-life majority in the government.
I really liked your editorial “Hope
for America” (Nov. 16), and I think it hits many important points that
disappointed pro-lifers need to keep in mind. However, I would like to know
what you meant by “decent.”
I checked the definition of “decent”
in Webster’s, and it means “conforming to standards ... of morality.” While I
think it is very important to respect our president and not judge him, for he
is a fallen human being like the rest of us, I object to the use of the word
“decent” when this is a man who supports abortion and the abandonment/killing of
the victims of botched abortions.
If you take the word “decent” to
mean “moral,” we come across many other issues of which I am sure we are both
aware. How can you use the word “decent” when you are conscious of what this
man stands for?
note: The Register has never wavered and will never waver from our
support for the right to life.
Our point in the editorial was that
voices of reason need to avoid marginalizing ourselves at this critical time.
Barack Obama will be our president and deserves our respect.
Many people who are pro-life voted
for Obama. We need to educate them — but they probably won’t listen to us if
we’re polarized by rage and if we disrespect the president.
In fact, we know they won’t.
Anti-Bush activists found that out the hard way. They were convinced he was a
Hitler who was going to institute another police state, so they said so, over
and over again, destroying their credibility and losing the next election for
So, tactically, we think the best
thing to do is to argue strenuously, unapologetically and insistently about the
importance of the right to life, and to expose and oppose whatever policies
compromise it. But otherwise, to the extent we can, we should share people’s
good will toward the man who is our president. That keeps lines of
Obama is a civil, decent man with
many excellent qualities.
If we want to withhold “civil” and
“decent” from him because of his record and positions, then there is a list of
others we need to withhold it from: those founding fathers who owned slaves,
those Civil War generals who introduced “total war” to America, Harry Truman,
who ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb (an act condemned unequivocally by
popes, the Second Vatican Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and
Archbishop Fulton Sheen), and Ronald Reagan, who as governor of California
signed the nation’s first “no-fault divorce” law.
These were men who were civil,
decent and in some cases, great.
We can at least afford Obama the
consideration we gave John McCain. He is a decent man, even though his record
wasn’t always. He voted to take money withheld from our paychecks and send it
to doctors to use it to kill human beings in science experiments. He voted to
kill the marriage amendment in the Senate without so much as a debate. He
snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Bush’s pro-life judges (many
of them Catholics) as the leader of the “Gang of 14.” Yet, we were magnanimous
with him. Obama deserves the same.
Even the unabashedly partisan
“Powerline” blog had some great advice about the election. It began: “Pray that
President Obama achieves greatness in office. Our overriding concern must
always be the country we love, not the success of a party or an ideology.”
It continued: “Don’t assume that
Obama is always wrong. Judge all of his positions on the merits.”
knowing that there will be much to oppose in the Obama administration, it
Be loyal in your opposition.
Be patient in your opposition.
Be persistent in your opposition.
Be fair in your opposition.
And, our favorite one: “Secede” from
the mainstream media by turning it off — and support alternative media that
gets the truth out, instead. The Register plans to be just such a vehicle,
bringing you the truth — and the relentless, but fair, opposition.
“Palin, for Posterity” (Nov. 2)
underlines a deep problem in our society. While the recent election has shown
how much we have grown as a nation as regards race, it has also shown how much
we have degenerated as a culture. This election has shown us that we have put
aside the tragic ways of 1968 only to pick up a more terrible form of
assassination: that of character.
This new and popular form of
attacking others is not only un-Christian, it is inhuman. The worst part about
it is that our culture is now addicted to reading and speaking about calumny,
slander and defamation. It is a cancer that is eating the heart and soul out of
our society, which is a Christian culture based on truth, justice and respect
for our fellow citizens. Can any nation continue with such a sickness? Now more
than ever, we must take up Christ’s commandment “to love one another” (John
Brenner LeCompte, LC