Dear Readers: While I don’t normally discuss my faith on this website, a few news items hit the inbox this week that give me good hope that Catholics, especially in the key battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and (dare I hope) Michigan will pull the lever for Team Romney this Tuesday.
It also gives be an opportunity to share a photo of the Young Prince, who went through his “Arrow of Light” ceremony and now is officially a Boy Scout. You will note his arrow has 3 purple bands — one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Ghost. Of all the achievements he is has accomplished, he is most proud of earning the Catholic “Parvuli Dei” religious emblem — so the faith band is the largest on his arrow.
Yesterday, the Romney campaign told reporters that it expected to win at least some of the “blue states” in which it is now competing with Obama in the Midwest, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The campaign did not give a specific reason for its optimism, but one thing these states have in common is a high proportion of Catholic voters. And Catholic voters have shifted dramatically towards Mitt Romney.
In September, the left and the media were exultant when the Pew poll seemed to show a surge for Obama among Catholic voters. He led by fifteen points, 54-39.
Today, that bubble has burst completely, and Obama is back down to a two-point lead, 48-46. (Few headlines this time from the mainstream media.)
Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week’s election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus.
“By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass,” Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.
In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S. senators will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. “This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,” Jenky wrote.
I would like to give a shout-out and a big thank you to B-daddy, whose Weekend Music Chill is a homage to All Saints Day (which I celebrated at Ascension Catholic Parish, praying for many things — including the intersession of all my favorite saints for my family, friends and Team Romney).
Tomorrow, I will come back with a MUT MUSIC MIX that features my theme song of the week.
I would like to give a CANTO TALK shout-out, first to my dearest hero – Captain Capitalism, who has prepared a great post I will discuss more on Monday: A LESSON IN ECONOMICS FOR IMMIGRANTS. Since a good many immigrants are Catholics, a timely topic indeed! He will be on Canto Talk this afternoon to discuss (Click HERE for podcast).
KT Cat, one of my favorite Catholic pundits, has a great video posted: Dog the Wag.
Beers with Demos notes that Team Obama has been going with the unchristian concept of Revenge, on his post about Twitter trends.
To conclude, especially after the Templar’s music link, I would like to direct everyone to the post that touches upon battles, Chivalry, and a little bit of faith: Word Warrior’s next “Age of Arthur” installment.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace — I have been saying at least a decade of the Rosary for the Romnneys and Ryans since Oct. 1st, and will continue to do. Please, do what you can as well — fingers on the keyboard, boots on the ground, ballots in the box.