05 November 2012

For Your Prayerful Consideration This Election Eve

This will be my last post until after the polls close tomorrow.  I am writing this to ask you to pray for the United States of America during this time.  We are so deeply in need of God's mercy, and yet so routinely tempt His justice, that this ought to be in the prayer intentions of every Catholic.

I do not yet know for sure what I will do about voting tomorrow, though I have my ideas.  For your consideration, if you, too, are uncertain, check out this page at Mark Shea's blog about the issues involved for a serious Catholic in voting for one of the two major party candidates.  

May God have mercy on us, and may the cause of Christ the King be advanced in this nation.  

And be safe tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Yes, there are differing view points among conservative Catholics. But Mark Shea, meh. His um, strange, perspectives on other issues prevent me from taking him very seriously on this one.

I agree, we must pray. As someone said on my Facebook wall, the outcome of this election will affect all future generations to come. Let us vote wisely.


Forward-Slash S said...

Mark Shea ... really? The dripping sarcasm stifles.

I offer an intelligent response to the post you link from poster 'Mercury' at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2012/10/its-the-big-election-super-fun-pak.html/comment-page-1#comment-122801.

Additionally, we do not vote for the lesser of the two evils, we vote for the greater good.


Anonymous said...

Mark Shea's thoughts are utterly stupid. All his effors will simply result in cornering fewer votes for Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, who will be fine but impefect leaders, and more votes for the one who is absolutely determined to extinguish Catholicism in the United States. "Fed-Up"

thetimman said...


I perfectly understand your points, as expressed on the Shea combox. I also get the Shea resistance, as he often gives disagreeing readers (especially traditional Catholics), as we hear in Miller's Crossing, "the high hat". But I thought he made several excellent points.

I don't blame anyone for voting Romney as the "best we can do right now", but I don't agree with it. I'm sick of facing this false choice every four years, and the lesser of two keep getting relatively worse.

Part of the calculus assumes that the whole thing isn't a rigged game not my purpose to have that argument here, except to say that it isn't an absurd question.

Why can one vote for Romney as the lesser of evils and not Goode, or a write-in? Shea's best point, in my opinion is that voting says something about us. I don't want to support a candidate whose abortion loophole is so big as to be practically a blanket permission. I don't want a foreign policy of bankrupting our treasury for interests that are not our own. I don't want to vote for a president who publicly supports arrests of US citizens without warrants, right to counsel, and who may be tortured and not charged with any crime.

So far, that describes both major party candidates. Of course the democrat is out of the question. Of course, assuming that one believes Romney's stated positions this year (ahem) the democrat is worse. But that begs the question of whether the republican is minimally acceptable from a moral perspective.

Each of us must make that choice in conscience. Opinions will differ.

Peggy R said...

I'll say here more bluntly than I've politely noted at Shea's. He's put out so many strawmen, he could form his own haystack. Where does he get the idea that people are compelled to vote GOP or Romney out of some fealty to the party or Romney?

Our work is not done even if Romney wins. He will have to be pushed. Our work is not over tonight.

Shea sounds like a person who put too much faith in men and is now disillusioned and cynical.