Today is election day. The Iowa Standard is sharing some segments of homilies that were sent out by Catholic Vote.
Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee for President, claims to be Catholic.
Here is a portion of a homily from a Michigan priest.
“Look around all the violations of human dignity that we see today — euthanasia, racism, oppression of the poor, slavery, human trafficking. We could go on and on and on, but there is one violation that is the most severe. And that is abortion.
“This issue is so serious that Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishop says that this is the preeminent moral issue of our day…In the time of the span of this mass, almost 100 babies will be killed. There is no social injustice as grave as this. Nothing even comes close.
“John Paul II said in his encyclical on the laity again, he says the common outcry which is justly made on behalf of human rights is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.‘ How many people in our culture and our world are falling under this illusion right now, advocating for all sorts of rights in our culture, trying to address all sorts of injustices without first addressing the foundation of all rights.
“But so seriously does the church take these issues when it comes to voting that a Catholic politician who consistently campaigns and votes for permissive abortion laws should be denied Holy Communion. Now, some of you might be thinking ‘Father, I’m pro-life. Couldn’t I vote for a pro-abortion candidate if I don’t agree with that candidate’s position on abortion?’ It’s a good question. The church continues.
“‘When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion or euthanasia but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation in evil, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.’
“What proportionate reasons exist in the face of the evil of abortion today? I honestly do not know how a Catholic who has a well-formed conscience can vote for a candidate how promises to promote and widen access to abortion. Especially when there are candidates on that same ballot who are pro-life or more pro-life than that person.
“Unborn children are sacred and precious to God. But they have no voice but ours. Now is not the time for us to be silent.”