October 19, 2016

Election 2016 | Prayer for the Faithful Witness of Catholics in the United States

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It is crucial that we, as Catholics faithful to the Magisterium, speak with a unified voice because of the reality that certain laws directly contradict Church teaching, the natural law and the good of society. In our country over 1 million unborn children are killed by abortion every year. All Catholics have a moral obligation to keep this human rights catastrophe at the forefront of their minds when voting. Catholics must also open their eyes to the attacks upon religious freedom that are proliferating in our society. More and more, government agencies are attempting to punish individuals and institutions that adhere to the truth that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and that every child needs and deserves a mother and a father.

Finally, Catholics should carefully consider the role that judges increasingly play in deciding issues like abortion, marriage and religious freedom. It is now the case that judges and other unelected officials all too often take these debates out of the hands of the democratic process and decide them for themselves leaving concerned citizens with no recourse. It is essential that we have judges who respect the right to life, and marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, and who will protect the religious freedom and rights of conscience.

Prayer for the Faithful Witness of Catholics in the United States

(By Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke)

O Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Your Church You show us the Way, You teach us the Truth, and You give us Your Life. Grant, we humbly beg You, that, always and in all things, we may be faithful to You in Your Holy Church, and to Your Vicar on Earth, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis. Grant also, we beg You, that, in these times of decision, all who profess to be Catholic and who are entrusted with the sacred duty to participate in public life, may, by the strength of Your grace, unwaveringly follow Your Way and faithfully adhere to Your Truth, living in You with all their mind and heart, for Your greater glory, the salvation of souls, and the good of our nation. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, Pray for us.

Saint Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom, Pray for us.

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