Pope Benedict Warns Americans:
Get Active or Lose Your Freedoms
PLUS: Dynamic Resources That Can Help
Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,
We are rapidly approaching a new election, and much hangs in the balance.
The Church is under assault in America, with the government intruding more and more, passing laws and policies that violate the Catholic faith and the basic principles of morality. Whether the issue is abortion, homosexual “marriage,” religious freedom, or a host of other issues, the forces that oppose the Church are on the attack.
Even Pope Benedict Is Alarmed
Word of how bad things are getting in America has even caused the pope himself to become gravely concerned. Recently, Pope Benedict told the U.S. bishops:
It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.
Pope Benedict noted that one right is being targeted in a new and frightening way:
Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms; the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection, on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions, with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.
The situation is alarming, but Pope Benedict pointed out the solution to the bishops.
Yet it isn’t something that the bishops can do by themselves. They can’t even do it with the help of their priests. The task is so great that it must involve Catholics at every level of the Church in America, including ordinary church-going men and women like you and me. Pope Benedict explained:
Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate, and well-formed Catholic laity . . . with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would de-legitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society. The preparation of committed lay leaders and the presentation of a convincing articulation of the Christian vision of man and society remain a primary task of the Church in your country.
Pope Benedict has told us what we need to do, and it isn’t rocket science. We need to mobilize the lay Catholics of America to stand up and fight, to engage the democratic process and to use their voices and their votes in “determining the future of American society.”
But There’s A Big Problem
The problem, of course, is that we simply do not have the “engaged, articulate, and well-informed Catholic laity” that Pope Benedict knows we need. Also, far too few have the courage to counter the radical secularism that is trying to drive the Church out of the public arena.
Too often, all it takes to cow a Catholic into silence is to make the stock accusation, “You’re just trying to impose your religion on others.” Say that, and most Catholics have no idea what to reply.
But America’s future is worth fighting for—and it’s up to you and me to do it. We’ve got to get the laity mobilized. We’ve got to get them educated. We’ve got to help them find the words they need—to be articulate in defending the Church and the basic moral values that America needs so desperately.
That’s why Catholic Answers is rolling out three crucial resources this election year.
Let me tell you about them. . .
Reliable, Tried And Proven
One resource you already know about. It’s our famous Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics. Since 2004, we have distributed this booklet each election year, and it has proved its effectiveness over and over.
The response to the Voter’s Guide has been so huge that we have distributed literally millions of copies.
This concise, powerful booklet is so successful that it is often imitated by other groups—and it is positively loathed by those who would water-down or even oppose the rock-solid moral principles that the Voter’s Guide contains.
The public’s memory is short, though, and people need to be continually reminded of the basic Catholic principles that must inform our voting—lest they fall victim to the distortions that politicians so shrewdly craft.
That’s why we’re rolling out the Voter’s Guide again this year, and we need your help to get it into the hands of as many people as possible.
But this year we’re also adding two new resources alongside the Voter’s Guide to provide even more focus on the most pressing moral issues in America today. . .
Straight Talk About Abortion
Abortion kills more than a million unborn babies a year in America alone. That means in terms of lives lost, it dwarfs every other issue. Nothing even comes close. Not war, not the death penalty, not hunger, not poverty, not anything.
What’s more, the issue is black and white: You can’t kill innocent children. Period.
But the forces promoting abortion, “reproductive health,” and “choice” in our country are so cunning and deceptive that they have hoodwinked many people on an issue that ought to be blindingly obvious.
That’s why we’ve created the new booklet Straight Talk About Abortion—which is exactly what America needs (both the straight talk and the booklet). In an amazingly brief space, this booklet:
- lays out the case against abortion in stark, undeniable terms
- shows the iron-clad logic of the pro-life position
- unmasks numerous objections made by abortion advocates for the hollow rationalizations they are
- demonstrates in a powerful and unexpected way why abortion can’t be dismissed as merely a “religious issue” and why everyone must take it seriously
But abortion isn’t the only looming moral threat in our land today. . . .
Why Homosexual Unions Are Not Marriages
The homosexual agenda has been making great strides in America. Same-sex “marriage” has already been imposed in multiple states, and if we don’t do something about it, it could be imposed everywhere, before you know it.
Too often, public debate on this subject gets sidetracked with the question of whether the government should allow homosexual marriages. This is a waste of time, because the truth is that the government can’t allow homosexual marriages because of one simple fact: Homosexual unions are not marriages. They aren’t. They never were. They can’t be. It’s inherently impossible.
The nature of marriage itself precludes the idea of two men or two women getting married.
You don’t hear this basic fact discussed on television or on the radio and in the newspapers. That’s why we must get the debate re-grounded in reality. If fantasy is allowed to dominate, we lose—and so does America, whether it realizes it or not.
And so, our other new booklet tells it like it is, and firmly and charitably explains Why Homosexual Unions Are Not Marriages.
Like our new booklet on abortion, Why Homosexual Unions Are Not Marriages also demonstrates in a powerful and unexpected way that this is not a “religious issue,” but something grounded in the nature of all men and women.
It’s exactly the wake-up call that the public needs to see through the fantasies being pushed by homosexual activists.
There’s just one small problem. . . .
We Can’t Wait!
Time is already running out, and we can’t wait and hope that people will wise up on these issues just before the election. If we are to have an impact and get Catholics (and others) to vote the way they should, then we need to get these dynamic resources into their hands now.
It takes time to change minds, and we need to get started immediately. That’s why I need to ask for your help.
To get the booklets printed and distributed before Election Day, to give them the time they need to do their job, we need you to help us right now.
Please be as generous as possible at this time, so that Catholic Answers can wake up American Catholics to the urgent need to heed Pope Benedict’s warning. With millions of children dying, with homosexual “marriage” being imposed right and left, and with the unprecedented new threats to our religious freedom, we must take action now. [Click here to donate]
As a thank-you for your donation of $35 or more, we will send you a free copy of each of the booklets:
- Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics
- Straight Talk About Abortion
- Why Homosexual Unions Are Not Marriages
If, however, you are able to give at least $50 then we will send you ten copies of each booklet so that you can hand them out to others and jolt them into action.
Time is running out. Our country already has fallen so far from where it once stood. In the past, basic moral principles were taken for granted, and the role of faith in public life was respected and honored. But not anymore.
We must start taking action if we are to avoid the dangers Pope Benedict has warned us of and save America from even worse problems ahead.
I hope that you will help us in this valiant effort. [Click here to donate]
May I hear from you today?
President, Catholic Answers
P.S. Time is of the essence, so please make your most generous donation, immediately.
If you can give $35 or more then we will send you one copy each of The Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics, Straight Talk About Abortion, and Why Homosexual Unions Are Not Marriages.
But if you can send $50 or more then we will send ten copies of each so that you can distribute them to others and be even more effective in the battle to save America from the forces against the Church.