Nov 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: Maccabees Today

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Homily #121106b ( 15min) Play - Fr. Elias on the need to vote according to a well formed conscience, he compares this to the Maccabees that had to do the same thing with the sword and did it well. Today we have the ability to vote instead of using sword so we need to vote just as well. He also advocates putting forward better solutions and candidates so that voting does not become a mere choice between the lesser of two evils.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time - Wkdy - Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28-30, 31-32
Gsp: luk 14:15-24

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  • Ralph Smith says:

    Thank you Fr. Elias for this very thoughtful homily. It is important that Catholics know that a vote for Obama or Romney would be a sin. Both candidates support abortion. Obama supports abortion in nearly all cases and Romney supports abortion in cases of rape and incest. We as Catholics cannot in good conscience vote for either candidate. Thank you.

    • apostolate says:

      Ralph,

      This is not what the Vatican teaches on this matter nor what Fr. Elias is saying. We are free to vote for the better of two candidates should neither be ideal. We simply need to make this decision based on a well formed conscience.

      Fra Roderic

  • Ralph Smith says:

    Fra Roderic,
    In other words, what you are saying is that we must choose between the lesser of 2 evils.

    Ralph

  • Ralph Smith says:

    Fra Roderic,

    Something to think about, you are telling me that if I choose to vote then I must choose evil. I must discern which is the lesser of the evils, but choose evil none the less.

    Ralph

  • 4 love of God says:

    8. What if none of the candidates are completely pro-life?

    As Pope John Paul II explains in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), “…when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.” Logically, it follows from these words of the Pope that a voter may likewise vote for that candidate who will most likely limit the evils of abortion or any other moral evil at issue.

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