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February 6, 2006
WCR Letters to the Editor
Voting directions queried
"I am so glad to see someone who isn't afraid to stand up and say no" ("Applause and support for Bishop Fred Henry," WCR Letters, Jan. 23).
The writer may have to look into her own soul and those of her ilk, including some priests who directly and indirectly influenced voters during the last election to vote for the Conservative Party by making inappropriate judgments about some Liberal candidates.
On two Sundays prior to the federal election an individual named "John" placed two flyers on the windshield of cars while parishioners were attending Mass. This happened in the Edmonton Centre riding where the former deputy prime minister, Anne McLellan, was campaigning for re-election.
It appears that some of the priests, not only, chose not to reprimand "John" for his libelous statements, but also, seemed to condone this action by their words to vote for a "morally" righteous candidate.
The shorter of the two flyers states the following:
"In a statement by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) dated July 12, 2004 the cardinal is quoted: 'A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia.'
"In other words it is sinful to vote for any political candidate who willingly promotes or condones abortion or any other violation of the right to life because of his or her views on that subject. Your incumbent member of Parliament is openly in favour of abortion, euthanasia and same sex marriage which are all in direct violation of the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.'"
Leaders of religious organizations who use their position to influence and lobby voters and condone libelous actions against candidates in federal elections will have to face possible consequences.
By using their position in a political way, they contravene the Church's status as a charitable organization and thus should relinquish their rights and privileges to tax concessions.
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