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10/31/2012 11:19:00 AM
Do they testify that freedoms are God's gift?
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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York prays alongside U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a prayer at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York Oct. 18.
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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York prays alongside U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a prayer at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York Oct. 18.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

How should we as Catholics react to the policies adopted by our political candidates? It’s not difficult to discern whose policies are in line with Christian and constitutional principles.

The president is sworn to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution. It is imperative that voters get beyond the rhetoric and hyperbole and get informed. Presidents must also be people of moral character who intend the best for our country. Find out, from non-biased sources, what kind of people they associated with during their formative years and their adult lives. Do the candidates seem to unite Americans or to segment the population by dwelling on rich vs. poor; black/brown vs. white; public sector employee vs. private sector, Republican vs. Democrat.

Most importantly, do they testify that our freedoms are a gift from God?

Do they affirm our moral responsibility to protect and honor life starting from the moment of conception and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? Have they demonstrated a strong fiscal stewardship of public funds? Do they repudiate unconstitutional government programs? Remember, government cannot legislate the poor into prosperity and the wealthy out of prosperity. Think of the billions spent over years on the “Great Society” with no measurable benefit. When the government removes the incentive to achieve, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Jerry Gooley, Salem





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