Voting 2016, Things I’m tired of hearing.

Voting 2016, Things I’m tired of hearing

I saw a sign yesterday 2016 they all “stink”.  I had to change it, but Voting 2016 is bringing out the bad side of many, even some brother priests.  Please feel free to print this and give to people not following these guidelines.

First as a  non-profit we as Church have to stay neutral.  We can’t endorse or condemn any candidate.  We can speak to the issues, but not in a way that directs people intentionally toward one candidate.  The job of the Church is to form the consciences of the 6843180_origbelievers and by our Baptism to be missionaries.

So we are called to build the kingdom and then to form it.  There isn’t anything about telling it what to do or what is right and wrong.  When challenged on this I ask, what is one action that is always a mortal sin?  Most of the time people say thou shall not kill.   Continue reading “Voting 2016, Things I’m tired of hearing.”

Impure thoughts revisited from Priestly Ponderings

Impure Thoughts revisited from Priestly Ponderings

A few people commented on this blog and I wrote it month ago before many of you had found this.  I figured it was a good time to re-post this after a few discussions on my trip and people sharing experiences in the confessional.  I think this is a topic that many of us struggle with and I hope this perspective can help people come closer to God instead of living in a trap.

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Pro Catholic and Happily Anti politics!

Pro Catholic and

Happily Anti politics!

I have avoided this and avoided this and just tried to remain in the middle of the road and quiet.  Remember, I tried, is everyone clear, I tried?   As an obviously Pro Catholic and Anti politics priest, that is also extremely extroverted, I can’t keep quiet anymore.20126196-mmmain-1  You might be thinking this is a response to the debate, but it isn’t.  I started writing this long before the debate (actually weeks before) and because I was with family and traveling, I did see some of the debate.

Since admitting watching part of the debate, I am less sure why any Catholic is left with a choice.  (no pun intended)  We are not single issue voters, or we shouldn’t be, but there was one statement that made my decision easier.  As awful as it is, I know who I am voting for.  Once a candidate proclaimed that their opponent is going to over turn Roe v Wade and the respect for marriage act, I came to the sad realization of who I had to vote for.

Personally, I don’t care who gets civilly married, but I want to be able to protect the sacrament of marriage and the sanctity of Catholic hospitals.  It isn’t about the person elected any more, but the judges they appoint and the policies they enact.  We need to, in every way, bring a respect for life back into the dialogue.  Life can never be a secondary concern.  The belief that God created each of us male and female in the image and likeness of GOD means something!

I am not saying who to vote for.  As someone who holds the title Honorary as a formerly elected official, I have a different understanding than most.  We have to do what is right, not just for today, but for the next generations.  I am again not telling anyone who to vote for, but to encourage long range thinking.  We need to ask ourselves, which candidate or party will truly advance our faith.

Finally the original point of this Blog:

So from another point of view which actually started this blog post; we have to stick with the facts on both sides.  I got an email from a good friend that said the Pope had endorsed Trump.  I sent him the snopes rebuttal and he responded that snopes isn’t always trustworthy.  So I reluctantly enter the political debate of 2016.

First, as soon as you see an email that the Pope, a Bishop or any Church leader has endorsed any political candidate, you know it can’t be true.  Any US Church that publicly endorses either side will lose their tax exempt status.  None of us can afford that.  So please just delete those emails.  I hope the senders are well intentioned, but we need to stick with the facts.  Unfortunately the facts are not so good right now, but we can work with them and make things better.

In summary:

The email I saw had the Pope endorsing capitalism, if you have paid any attention to our Pope, he is not a fan of capitalism!  At least in a way recognizable by either candidate.  The Pope, if he says anything will be like most religious leaders and tell us to look to the future and ask which candidate will have our country more aligned with the teachings of the church in 4 years.

For this election cycle, it really isn’t easy.  I am sure that I will have many friends read this election differently than I do.  I am perfectly fine with that.  What I do, I will do in prayer and hope that all the rest of the electorate will do the same.  That said, we can be sure that our God will work through the results in November for the betterment of the world!  He left of stewards of this world many centuries ago and isn’t abandoning us ever.

Faith -> My Homily for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time C 2016

Faith -> My Homily for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time C 2016

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I think we are having more of a crisis of faith than just with our Church.  As I kid I remember Vietnam and Watergate and those don’t even seem so bad compared to today, but they seem to be the start of a cycle of us losing our trust and at times with good reason.

We have sports figures and celebrities paying more in taxes a day than a school teacher makes in a year.  I thought I had finally found a sports hero that was the good old american kid!  Helping kids and donating millions to charities until his wife starting after with a 9 iron.  Not even Tiger could be held up as a hero.

Look at our two candidates running for the highest office and again it is hard to have faith.  Without faith, what are we left with.  Our world needs faith.  We have the key to fix this, we just need to get out their and do it.
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