Candidates 

“By the age of fifty-five, as a lawyer, officer of the realm, husband, father, popular citizen, speaker, and writer, he had achieved as much fame, wealth, professional success, and genuine affection as any person could desire.”

Barack Obama?

Joe Biden?

 “Nevertheless, for what most called a foolish scruple of conscience, he threw all that away and died three years later — alone — in broken health. His closest political colleagues abandoned him; he was condemned as a traitor, beheaded, and his head placed on a spike on a bridge.”

 

 

Thomas Moore

These days, faithful Catholics
lose elections; in Thomas More’s
day, they lost their lives.

Thomas More knew that.
He knew that the lustful Henry VIII
might kill him for his fidelity to the Church.

. . . which is why More constantly asked,
“How much evil can I tolerate?
Where must I take my stand?”

Those were dangerous questions
in a dangerous time, yet as a politician
— a Catholic politician —
fear never caused Thomas More to waver:


“In a storm,” he said,
“you don’t abandon ship
just because you
can’t control the wind.”

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Today, winds of a fierce new anti-Catholicism buffet us. Just two days ago, the most powerful political party in America declared the following:

“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

That’s you and me they oppose
. . . and any Catholic politician who agrees
with the Church that abortion is murder.

 

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When that threatening clause was debated,
did a new Thomas More risk his life by rising to denounce it?

Did even one major Catholic Democrat
risk the displeasure of his party
by staying faithful to the Church?

 

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Far from it!

Indeed, the Party’s nominee for Vice-President
(a position equivalent in power to Thomas More’s)
is a Mass-going Catholic whose support for so-called “abortion rights” was just declared “seriously wrong” by the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput.

So wrong, says the Archbishop, that
“I presume his integrity will lead him
to refrain from presenting himself
for Communion.”

 

Henry VIII

Henry VIII was also once
a Mass-going Catholic . . .

. . . a politician with faith so strong he wrote A Defense of the Seven Sacraments, one of the most successful works of Catholic apologetics that had yet been produced.

Indeed, Pope Leo X personally bestowed on Henry the title, Defender of the Faith, never guessing that a short decade later, Henry would be the mortal enemy of the Faith he had just so ably defended.

 

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Our fathers’ generation also saw
Catholic politicians repudiate
the Faith they once held dear.

Before World War II, in the pews, pubs, and union halls of America’s cities, millions of poor European immigrants and their children pledged allegiance to the Church of Rome and the party of FDR: the blue-collar, pro-family, pro-life Democratic Party that strongly identified itself with Catholic social teachings.

Born in among these people was Catholic author David Carlin, who grew up in working-class Rhode Island in that time when Catholic Faith and the Democratic Party seemed almost synonymous.

For four decades Carlin faithfully served the party he loved — twelve years as a state senator and once as the Democratic candidate for Congress.

 

chopping block
Then the betrayal!

As Thomas More watched helplessly as Henry abandoned his wife and took up with enemies of the Church, so David Carlin watched helplessly as his Party’s leaders abandoned their blue-collar, pro-life, and religious constituencies and took up with NOW, Hollywood, and the abortion lobby.


*
You know, Thomas More was a Catholic,
not a partisan. With the ax that would kill him hovering near, his last words saluted the very politician who had condemned him to death: “I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”

Like Thomas More, David Carlin
is a Catholic, not a partisan
— a 21st Century Catholic who yearns
to be his Party’s good servant,
but God’s first.

Which is why three years ago, his anguish drove him to determine which principles and policies you and I as Catholics are bound in conscience to support, and which we cannot abide if we choose to remain Catholic.

Armed with that knowledge, and proceeding with the patience and clear-sightedness of a lifelong Catholic knowing that he may soon be called to account by God, Carlin then evaluated the many policies of his Party that trouble him (policies that some would now have the Republican Party embrace, too).

The result is Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?, the most lucid, informative, even-handed Catholic evaluation of the Democratic Party available today.

With great sorrow, Carlin concludes that,
on issues concerned with human life, sex, faith, morality, suffering — and the public policies that
stem from them — his once beloved Democratic Party has become, like Henry VIII, the enemy of the Catholic Faith.

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As did St. Thomas More before him,
Carlin then asks,

“As a believing Catholic,
how much can I tolerate?”
“Where must I take my stand?”

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