Faith-Filled Citizenship Voting Catechism

FAITH-FILLED CITIZENSHIP

VOTING CATECHISM

GOD AND YOU

Q. Who made you? A. God made me.

Q. Why did God make you? A.God made me to know, love and serve Him in this world to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

Q. How can you serve God here and be happy with God forever in Heaven?  A.I can be happy with God forever in Heaven by turning to Him consciously desiring to be with Him forever,  by  doing His will even if it is contrary to your will,  and by obeying His laws.

 

GOD AND HUMAN RIGHTS What are human rights?

Q.  What are human rights?  A.Human rights are the rights you and every human being have because God made you with inherent human dignity. 

Q.  Do governments or courts create or grant these rights?  A.No, these rights are yours. They are rights created by God.  No government, no court  creates, gives, or grants you these rights.

Q.  Does the President or a  political party create rights or grant them to us?  A.. The President does not create any rights. The President does not grant you any rights. No political party, no government official, no politician, no elected person, no legislation, and no public office holder gives you your human rights, creates these rights, or grants you these rights. 

Q.  Can a government, Supreme Court justices, or an elected official take away these inherent human rights?  A.No, these human rights are inalienable and cannot be taken away by a government, Supreme Court justices, or by an elected official.  

Q.  What is the most basic human right?  A.  The most basic human right is the right to life and all human beings, from conception and within their mothers’ wombs, are endowed by their Creator with this most basic of human rights.

 

SIN  

Q.What is sin?  A.  Sin is consciously turning from God, acting according to your will and against your conscience when you know it is contrary to His will, and disobeying His law.

Q.  How many kinds of sin are there?  A.  There are two kinds of sin, mortal sin and venial sin.

Q.  What is venial sin?  A.  Venial sin is a slight offence against God, committed without sufficient reflection or without full consent.

Q.  What is mortal sin?  A. Mortal sin is a grievous offence against God.

Q.  What if I die having committed a mortal sin for which I have not repented and for which I have not received absolution?  A.  If you die in unforgiven mortal sin, you will not be allowed to be with God for all eternity, the gates of heaven will be shut to your forever, and you will be condemned to suffer the pains of hell alone eternally.

Q.  Can my mortal sin be forgiven?  A.  In the sacrament of Penance (reconciliation) if you have sorrow for your mortal sin and confess your mortal sin to a priest, with a firm resolution never more to commit the sin, and accept and do the penance given you, your mortal sin will be forgiven.

Q.  If I do not serve God here on earth, will I be with Him in heaven?  A.  If you sin mortally without repentance, you will not go to heaven and you will not be with God forever. You will spend eternity in Hell alone forever.

 

CONSCIENCE

Q.  What is conscience?  A.Conscience is the voice of God in each individual.  It is God telling each of us what is good and what is evil.  It is a natural facility of human reason that: reminds us always to do good and avoid evil; which makes a judgment about the good and evil of particular choices in a specific situation; and which refers to good or evil already done (e.g., having a clear conscience or  having a guilty conscience.). God cannot and does not tell one person one thing is sin and tell another person that the same thing is not sin. For example God does not tell one person lying is a sin and tell another person lying is an act of virtue.  God does not tell on person committing an act of adultery is a sin and tell another person committing an act of adultery is an act of virtue.

Q.  Is Conscience the source of moral law?  A.No, one’s conscience is not the source of the moral law and it is a mistake to consider one’s conscience as the source of moral law.

Q.  Is conscience simply how I feel about right and wrong?  A.  No, conscience is not simply human feelings or simply human reasons, nor is it simply what a person thinks or feels with other like-minded persons.

Q.  Does each baptized person have a duty to form his or her conscience?  A. Yes, and this duty requires that one’s conscience be correctly formed or “well-formed.”

Q.  How do I correctly form my conscience so that it is well-formed?  A.  You must educate and train your conscience by learning the moral law as found in Scripture and in the authoritative teachings of the Church. Practicing acts of virtue can help form your conscience correctly.

Q.  Can I have a well-formed conscience if I am ignorant of the moral law?  A.  You cannot claim to have a well-formed conscience if you are ignorant of, misunderstand, or reject outright God’s law and thus you commits acts that the Church considers gravely evil.

Q.  Must I always follow my conscience?  A.  If your conscience is well-formed, and you are being careful to reason clearly and objectively from true moral principles, then you must follow the reasoned judgment of your conscience about the morality of a specific act.

Q.  Will my well-formed conscience ever contradict what the Church teaches?  A.  Your well-formed conscience will never contradict the objective moral law, as taught by Christ and His Church . For example a well-formed conscience will never tell you that committing the sin of  lying is good;nor will a well-formed conscience ever tell you that committing an act of adultery is good.

Q.  If my conscience is not well-formed, can I just do what my conscience tells me to do?  A.  You cannot simply say “My conscience told me to do that” as justification for any action.

Q.  Is it a sin to do what my well-formed conscience says is evil?  A. Yes.

Q.  Is it possible for a well-formed conscience to require that a person vote for or support political candidates, programs, or legislation which contradict the fundamental contents of faith and moral law?  A.  No, this is not possible.

Q.   So, is it a sin for a person with a well-formed conscience to  vote for or support political candidates, programs, or legislation which contradict the fundamental contents of the moral law?  A.  Yes, it is a sin.

Q.  Is it a sin for a person with a well-formed conscience to donate money to a party or to a candidate who promote, support, advocate for or condone abortion or racism?  A.Yes, it is a sin.

 

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

Q.  What is the Fifth Commandment? A.  The Fifth Commandment is:  Thou shalt not kill.

Q.  What killing does this commandment forbid?  A.  This commandment forbids the unjustified killing of human beings.

Q.  What are we commanded by the Fifth Commandment?  A.  We are commanded by the Fifth Commandment to live in peace and union with our neighbor, to respect others’ rights, to seek the spiritual and bodily welfare of our neighbor, and to take proper care of our own life and health.

Q.  Is it ever lawful for any cause to deliberately and intentionally take away the life of an innocent human being?  A.  It is never lawful for any cause to deliberately and intentionally take away the life of an innocent human being. Such deeds are always murder, and can never be excused for any reason, however one may deem them to be  important or necessary.

Q.  Can the Fifth commandment be broken by giving scandal or bad example and by inducing others to sin? A.  The Fifth commandment can be broken by giving scandal or bad example and inducing others to sin, because such acts may destroy the life of the soul by leading it into mortal sin.

Q.  What is scandal?  A.  Scandal is any sinful word, deed or omission that disposes others to sin, or lessens their respect for God and holy religion.

 

The Fifth Commandment & Abortion

Q.  Is it a violation of the Fifth Commandment to have or participate in an abortion?  A.  Yes, this is a sin

Q.  Is it a mortal sin to have or participate in an abortion?  A.  Yes, it is a mortal sin to consciously have or participate in an abortion intending to kill the preborn baby . Such a direct abortion violates God’s command “Thou shalt not kill.”  The life of the preborn baby is sacred and no one,  not even the mother or the father, or the government,  or a court, has the power to destroy this life.

Q.  Is it a mortal sin to support with money or financial contributions a political party that supports, promotes, or advocates for abortion?  A.  Yes, it is a mortal sin to give money to or make contributions to such a party of any of its candidates.

 

INTRINSICALLY EVIL ACTIONS

Q.  When is an action intrinsically evil?  A.  An action is intrinsically evil when the object of the action is incapable of being in accord with God’s will since the action radically contradicts the good of a person made in the image of God.

Q.  Are such actions always evil?  A.  Yes, intrinsically evil actions are always and per se evil, despite any intention of the person acting and despite any circumstance, even if the intention or the circumstances are to produce some other or perceived good. Intrinsically evil actions are always evil, always grievously sinful, they are never good, never right, never.

Q.  Is abortion intrinsically evil?  A.  Direct intended conscious abortion is intrinsically evil.

Q.  When is such an abortion morally acceptable?  A.  Never. There are no considerations and no circumstances that can make such an abortion morally acceptable; there is nothing that can be weighed against the evil of such an abortion to make such an abortion good. There is nothing that can be taken into consideration in deciding to have a direct intended abortion that can make the abortion morally permissible. The intentions of one who decides to have such an abortion cannot change the fact that it is intrinsically evil.

Q.  But what if a deacon, priest, pastor, bishop, archbishop or cardinal – or a lay person or teacher – says words to the effect that we are not single issue voters and either explicitly that we need not vote solely based on the issue of abortion and the promotions of abortion by the Democratic party, or, without saying that, simply infers that this is so. Can we then vote for a democrat? 

A.  No, even in that case you cannot vote for a democrat and such a vote would be a mortal sin. Such a person, who tells you this, is lying or confused. Nothing, no other issue or issues, can outweigh the evil of an intrinsic evil such as abortion. Even if a candidate professes to believe what you know to be good and in accord with church teaching, if a candidate is wrong on an issue of intrinsic evil, then, for that reason alone, for that single issue, you cannot vote for such a candidate.

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY –  PARTY OF INTRINSIC EVIL

PARTY OF ABORTION, PARTY  OF DEATH

Q.  Does the Democratic Party promote abortions?  A.  Yes. The Democratic Party advocates abortion, promotes abortion, celebrates abortions, and seeks to have and has succeeded in having abortions paid for with taxpayer money.

Q.   Will the Democratic Party support a prolife candidate?  A. No, never. The Democratic Party has stated publicly that any candidate who wants to receive funds and campaign money from the party must be proabortion. It has stated that this position is non-negotiable.

Q.  Do the candidates of the Democratic Party receive donations from Planned Parenthood?  A.  Democratic candidates have received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the U.S.A. Millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to Planned Parenthood, including millions under Obamacare; i.e.,  Planned Parenthood has received millions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money in funding  from the federal government. This means that taxpayer dollars going to the federal government and then to Planned Parenthood,  in the millions, have gone to candidates of the Democratic Party.

Q.  Is the platform of the Democratic Party proabortion?  A.  The Democratic Party Platform has and continues to advocate for taxpayer-funded abortion for all nine months of pregnancy; and has ignored the request of some thousands of people to amend the Party Platform to recognize the existence of pro-life members. The Party also rescinded language that abortion should be “rare.” For these and other reasons it has been called the “Party Of Abortion,” and the “Party Of Death.”

Q.  Has a Cardinal Archbishop of the Church called the Democratic “Party the Party of Death”?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Has a Bishop of the Church resigned as a registered Democrat because of the Democratic Party’s support of abortion?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Is it a mortal sin for me to vote for a Democrat with the intention that the Party’s Platform be enacted and preborn  babies be aborted?  A.  If you vote for a Democrat so that preborn babies will be killed by abortions, you commit mortal sin.

Q.  What if I do not vote for a Democrat knowing that preborn babies will be killed by abortion and this will be a result of my vote – but I vote for a Democrat to achieve some other good, such as the reduction of poverty, the end of war, the elimination of the death penalty, a fair economic system, or just treatment of immigrants?

A.  Since abortion is an intrinsic evil, none of the other goods listed can change this evil and none of the other goods listed can be used to outweigh or negate this evil.  So, again, in this situation, you will commit mortal sin.

Q.  Does this apply to all Democrats at all levels of government? 

A.  Yes, this applies to all Democrat candidates. The Democratic Party does not change its program, policies, platform, or agenda for any member who disagrees with its policies and aims regarding abortion, nor does it do so for Democrats who say they are against the party’s proabortion program. No candidate for office – at any level – who  is a Democrat no matter if he or she denies  individual support of intrinsic evil –  can negate the Party’s involvement in, advocacy of,  and promotion of intrinsic evil.  Therefore, a vote for any Democrat at any level of government is a vote on behalf of the Party’s program, goals, platform, policies, and agenda and a vote for its agenda of abortion.

Q.  So is it a mortal sin to vote for any Democrat?  A.  Yes, it is a mortal sin to vote for any Democrat.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF UNABSOLVED  MORTAL SIN BESIDES ETERNAL DAMNATION

Q.  In addition to the eternal damnation due to unabsolved mortal sin, are there any consequences in this life?  A.  Yes. A woman who intentionally has an abortion and anyone who assists her to kill her preborn baby is automatically excommunicated.

Q.  Are any other persons besides the abortionist who kills the preborn baby included in the meaning of those who “assist” the woman?  A.  Yes, anyone who formally conspires with or helps the woman to kill her preborn baby is excommunicated, and this includes the abortionist, nurses who assist her or him, workers at the abortion business, husbands,  boyfriends, family members, and others whose counsel and encouragement made it morally possible for the woman to kill her preborn baby, as well as those whose direct practical support make it possible (financially, driving to the abortion business location etc.).

Q.  Has a bishop of the Church announced the excommunication of a person who was baptized in the Church who became a medical doctor and performed abortions?  A.  Yes.

 

HERESY

Q.  What is heresy?  A.  Heresy is the obstinate denial by a person baptized in the Church of some truth which must be believed with faith or is an obstinate doubt concerning some such truth.

Q.  Is the doctrine on abortion a truth that must be believed with faith?  A.  Yes, the doctrine on abortion is definitively taught – that direct and voluntary abortion is always gravely immoral.

Q.  Is it heresy for a baptized person to obstinately deny or obstinately doubt the truth about abortion?  A.  Yes.

Q.  What is the status of such a baptized person one who denies or doubts this truth?  A.  Such a person is automatically excommunicated.

Q.  Does it matter if the person does not reveal the obstinate denial or doubt ?  A.  No, the heresy exists whether it is revealed publicly or not; therefore, the automatic excommunication does not depend on whether the heresy has been publicized.

Q.  Does this apply to politicians who are baptized members of the Church ?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Does this apply to persons baptized in the Church  who are political commentators, or public speakers, or who write or otherwise publicly communicate the erroneous view that direct abortion can be morally-acceptable or that direct abortion should be legal?

A.  Yes, a sentence of automatic excommunication applies to such people, and this includes those  who are or who  claim to be theologians or Biblical scholars, but who believe or teach that direct abortion is not always gravely immoral.

Q.  Why are such people automatically excommunicated?  A.  Such people are automatically excommunicated because: a), they have committed the sin of heresy by believing that direct abortion is not always gravely immoral; and b) they provide substantial assistance to women in obtaining abortions by influencing public policy to legalize abortions,  to keep abortions legal, and to broaden access to abortion.

Q.  Has a Bishop of the Church publicized the excommunication of a nun who approved of an abortion?  A.  Yes.

 

POLITICIANS AND VOTING

Q.  Is it a mortal sin for a politician who is a baptized member of the Church to cast a vote with the intention of legalizing abortion, or of protecting laws allowing abortion, or of widening access to abortion?

A.  Yes, such a politician commits a mortal sin.

Q.  Is it a mortal sin when such a vote indicates that the politician believes that direct abortion is not always gravely immoral?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Does such a vote result in the excommunication of the politician? 

A.  Yes, such a politician incurs an automatic excommunication. This occurs whether or not a Bishop of the Church publicizes the excommunication.

Q.  Is it a mortal sin for such a politician to vote so that abortion is legal, or more easily obtainable, or more widely available?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Does such a politician incur an automatic excommunication by such votes? 

A.  Yes, because such politicians who vote for such laws which legalize, protect, or widen access to abortion, are providing essential assistance to women who want to obtain abortions.

Q.  What if such a politician claims to be “personally opposed” to abortion? 

A.  If any such politician favors legalized abortion, despite a claim of personal opposition, such a politician commits a mortal sin by promoting abortion and by voting in favor of abortion.

Q.  What about a person baptized in the Church who obstinately denies the truth about abortion or who obstinately doubts it and casts any vote with the intention of legalizing abortion, or of protecting laws allowing abortion, or of widening access to abortion?

A.  Such a voter commits a mortal sin and incurs an automatic excommunication because: a) such a voter is committing the sin of heresy by obstinately believing that abortion should be legal and available; and b) such a person is committing the grievous sin of providing women with substantial or essential assistance in obtaining abortions, by attempting to legalize or broaden access to abortion.

 

RACISM INTRINSICALLY EVIL

Q.  Is racism intrinsically evil?  A.  Yes, racism is intrinsically evil.

Q.  What can make racism morally acceptable?  

A.  There are no considerations and no circumstances that can make racism morally acceptable; there is nothing that can be weighed against the evil of racism to make racism good. There is nothing that can be taken into consideration in an intended conscious racist action that can make the action morally permissible. The intentions of one who decides to engage in racism cannot change the fact that such an action is intrinsically evil.

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY –  PARTY OF RACISM

PARTY OF BLACK & HISPANIC GENOCIDE

Q.  Does the Democratic party advance racism and racist policies?

A.  Yes. The Democratic Party is a racist organization because it advocates and promotes abortion businesses that perform abortions for racist motives, such as Planned Parenthood, an organization founded on principles of eugenics and racial superiority, which intentionally locates about 70% of its locations in or near minority neighborhoods and is on record as willing to accept donations used for the killing of minority babies who be killed by abortions at Planned Parenthood abortion business locations.  The Democratic Party has seen to it that millions of taxpayer dollars have been paid to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, knowing full well that this money will be and has been used for racist purposes.  For these reasons, the Democratic Party is the “Party Of Racism.”

Q.  Do statistics support the fact that the Democratic Party is the Party Of Racism?

A.  Yes. Of the about 60,000,000 abortions done in the United States since the Supreme Court invented the so-called “right to abortion,” about half of the murdered babies were minority babies, despite the fact that their mothers made up less than 20% of the U.S. population.

Q.  Is the systematic, purposeful killing of African-American unborn babies not only racist, but also Black Genocide?  And of Hispanic babies Hispanic Genocide?  A.  Yes.

The African-American population is the only minority in America that is on the decline; and, if the current promotion of abortion by Democrats is successful, by the year 2038 the African-American vote in the U.S.A. will be insignificant.  The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the “Negro Project” designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society.  She believed that “Colored people” were human weeds to be exterminated. This is genocide.

Q.  Is it a mortal sin to vote for a Democrat with the intention that my vote results in the promotion of this racism and the killing of minority preborn babies?  

A.  If you vote for a Democrat so that the Party’s racist agenda, program and policies with be successful, and so that minority preborn babies will be killed, you commit mortal sin.

Q.  What if I do not vote for a Democrat so that its racist agenda, programs, and policies will be successful, or so that minority preborn babies will be killed – even though I know  my vote will  result in this  racism – but I vote for a Democrat to achieve some other good, such as the reduction of poverty, the end of war, a fair economic system, or just treatment of illegal aliens?

A.  Since racism is an intrinsic evil, none of the other goods you list can change this evil and none of the other goods you list can be used to outweigh or negate this evil.  So, again, in this situation, you will commit mortal sin.

Q.  Does this apply to all Democrats at all levels of government?

A.  The Democratic Party does not change its program or agenda for any member who disagrees with its policies and aims regarding racist abortions. Any candidate for office – at any level – who  is a Democrat no matter if he or she denies individual support of intrinsic evil  – cannot negate their Party’s involvement in and promotion of intrinsic evil.  Therefore, a vote for any Democrat at any level of government is a vote on behalf of the Party’s programs and policies  and a vote for its agenda of racist abortions.

Q.  So is it a mortal sin to vote for any Democrat?  A.  Yes, it is a mortal sin to vote for any Democrat.

 

DENIAL OF HOLY COMMUNION TO POLITICIANS WHO SUPPORT AND FACILITATE ABORTION OR RACISM

Q.  Should politicians  who are baptized in the Church whose public position on abortion  or racism is incompatible with the position that abortion and racism are always intrinsically evil be denied Holy Communion?

A.  Yes. Such politicians, and anyone else who has been baptized in the Church, who obstinately persists in manifest grievous sin should be denied Holy Communion.

Q.  Have such pro-abortion Democrat politicians in the United States been denied Holy Communion?  A.  Yes.

Q.  Is it a source of scandal when such politicians publicly oppose the teaching and doctrine on abortion and yet they are permitted to receive Holy Communion?

A.  Yes this is a source of scandal for all devout believers.

Q.  Has a Pope said that those politicians who facilitate abortion should be denied Holy Communion?

A.  Yes. A Pope has said that those who speak or act against the commandments, in particular to facilitate abortion, euthanasia, and other crimes against life and family, cannot receive Holy Communion.

Q.  Has a Cardinal Archbishop of the Church said that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi should be denied communion due to, among other things, her position on abortion which is directly contrary to the teaching of the Church?  A.  Yes.

 

DENIAL OF FUNERAL TO POLITICIANS

WHO SUPPORT AND FACILITATE ABORTION OR RACISM

Q.  Should politicians  who are baptized in the Church whose public position on abortion  or racism is incompatible with the position that abortion and racism are always intrinsically evil be denied an ecclesiastical funeral?

A.  Yes. Such politicians, and anyone else who has been baptized in the Church, who persists in manifest grievous sin should be denied an ecclesiastical funeral.  Such a funeral would cause scandal of the faithful.

Q.  Is there any way such a person can have an ecclesiastical funeral?

A.  Yes. If such a manifest sinner gives a sign of repentance before death, then such a manifest sinner can have an ecclesiastical funeral.

 

 

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