Reflections on Election Day

Let me share with you my most recent column in Catholic New York.  I wrote about election day.

Here is an excerpt:

One issue of deep concern to Catholics and many, many others is the defense of marriage from those who would presume to redefine it to suit contemporary movements (e.g., divorce on demand, “trial” marriage, or “same sex” marriage.) Up until this election day, 32 states had given their people the chance to “redefine marriage” (an oxymoron for us), and 32 said no! (Some states took a more sinister route, ignoring a referendum, and allowing the legislature to tamper with the definition.)

The news last election day was not as bright, as the dilution of the essence of marriage won in three states. So, it’s 32-3. But, there’s no denying that the “winds are changing.” I’m told that the results were close in those three states, and that the exit polls showed that people of faith voted not to redefine marriage.

The death penalty is another issue of concern to those who believe that the promotion of the dignity of the human person and the protection of human life is the normative guide in our voting. Here again the results were not positive. The electorate in California had the chance to reject this lethal and unjust penalty. The Church in California did its best to preach the “Gospel of Life,” but apparently was less than effective. The referendum lost.

Better news in Maryland, where the Church was true to our birthright of advocacy for the immigrant, and was part of a coalition very successful in pushing for the Dream Act, allowing immigrant children to attend college; and a ray of sunshine in Massachusetts, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley led a strong ecumenical and community based effort to defeat euthanasia.

You can read the whole column here.

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3 Responses to “Reflections on Election Day”

  1. Kevin Kelly says:

    Your Eminence,
    Will The Affordable Care Act require Church run institutions in the U.S. to provide healthcare to their employees which includes drugs for abortion and sterilization? It appears to me that the new law will demand it. V.P. Biden claimed during the campaign that this wasn’t the case. I also noticed that calls during Mass for removal of this requirement have stopped. Will the Church silently comply? If not, what will these institutions do?
    Kevin Kelly

  2. Conan776 says:

    Your Eminence,

    Civil marriage is simply a form of civil contract about which there are simply no theological implications, other than our moral obligation as Catholics to abhor arbitrary discrimination within the rule of Law. That obligation simply outweighs our need to “protect our brand” in regards to the Sacrament of Marriage.

    I see only a passing mention in your missive in regards to the Social Justice implications of the Presidential election, which, among other more esoteric concerns, should, God willing, result in millions more poor and elderly Americans having access to health care than had it gone the other way. There are indeed simply things that the State, lacking the profit motive, can do better than private enterprise. Policing, firefighting, and healthcare are each of the same kind in this respect, and that the populace understands this more and more shouldn’t be equated with people simply wanting a handout.

  3. Julie Ann Courville says:

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Several years ago Bishop Frank Dewane from the Diocese of Venice FL told us we need to be Bold in our faith. I thought about this again. A few mornings ago upon awakening.
    the following inspiration of the meaning of BOLD came to me…..

    Acronym for BOLD B Bravely
    O Offer
    L Love &
    D Direction
    All of us Catholics who are true to the Faith, must go out and preach God’s truth through our words and especially actions. Love is ultimately sacrificial. We must be crystal clear not grey and murky.
    God bless you