Evangelical, Social Conservative Turnout Highest Ever Recorded in Mid-Term Election

November 3, 2010

DULUTH, Ga., (MetroCatholic) — According to a post-election survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the largest single constituency in the electorate in the 2010 midterm elections was self-identified evangelicals, who comprised 29% of the vote and cast an astonishing 78% of their ballots for Republican candidates.

The turnout by conservative people of faith represented a 5 percent increase in evangelical turnout over 2006—enough to eliminate Democratic gains in that year—and was the largest ever recorded in a midterm election. Because the evangelical vote is concentrated in the South and the Midwest, these voters had an exaggerated impact on yesterday’s GOP gains, contributing to the vast majority of U.S. Senate and House victories by Republican candidates.

The survey also found that 52% of all self-identified members of the Tea Party movement are conservative evangelicals. This is consistent with polling data by other organizations conducted before Election Day.

Evangelicals were joined by frequently-church-attending Roman Catholic voters, who constituted 12 percent of the vote and cast 58 percent of their ballots for Republican candidates, as opposed to 40 percent of their ballots for Democrats, according to CNN exit polling.

“People of faith turned out in the highest numbers in a midterm election we have ever seen, and they made an invaluable contribution to the historic results, including the election of a Republican majority in the House and significant gains in U.S. Senate seats, governorships, and hundreds of state legislative seats and local offices,” said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “This survey, along with numerous exit polls, makes clear that those who ignore or disregard social conservative voters and their issues do so at their own peril.”

The Faith and Freedom Coalition made a total of 58.8 million voter contacts to social and fiscal conservative voters in 2010, including 16 million voter guides, 8 million pieces of mail, and 15 million GOTV calls. FFC has 400,000 members and supporters and chapters operating in 24 states.

Christian Coalition of America Announces Release of 2010 Congressional Scorecards

August 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Christian Coalition of America announces the release of its 2010 Congressional Scorecards, rating members of Congress on their votes over the past year.

In announcing the scorecards, Coalition President Roberta Combs stated that, “When it comes to how members of Congress actually vote on critical issues, too many Americans are not aware of how their elected officials vote on bills that affect their everyday lives.”

“Our scorecards rate members of Congress on some of the most important issues that we face today. These issues are important to our families and to the conservative movement,” Combs said.

The scorecards cover a range of congressional votes, including: the debate over health care reform, taxpayer funding of abortion, spending bills, traditional marriage, free speech and the illegal immigration issue.

Members of Congress are then rated on a scale of 0 to 100, based on their votes.

The scorecards can be accessed at: www.cc.org/webform/congressional_scorecards

Christian Coalition of America is a non-partisan political organization that works to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action.

Catholic Coalition’s Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI-10526

August 10, 2010

McKinney, TX  (MetroCatholic) — The following letter was sent to Pope Benedict XVI on August 9, 2010. Its contents are open as public information. Media questions to the above.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
The Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City, Italy

Most Holy Father,

As members of the Roman Catholic Church, we are bringing to your attention an issue, one that threatens the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston in the United States of America.

The spiritual and physical healings of Jesus Christ, Our Founder, as brought to us in the New Testament writings have had an impact in our lives in many positive ways. In our quest to live better lives, the Gospel renditions of these events and of His life here in that earthly stay, are not only edifying in leading our personal lives, but they have formed the core of the approach to health care rendered in Roman Catholic institutions in our area. Caritas Christi, the very name of the Archdiocese’s Health Care System, conveys the religious and philosophical basis for this approach to patients and their needs.

The Caritas Christi Health Care System here in Massachusetts is committed to our Roman Catholic Magisterial position respecting the sanctity of all human life from its biological beginning at fertilization to natural death.

In recent decades bioethical issues have expanded enormously. While they are historically centered on the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 legalizing abortion through the entire gestational period, there have been other devastating consequences as well. The over 50 million hearts, which have been legally stopped from beating in innocent developing humans since 1973 ranks as the most flagrant and tragic result of this cultural change in our country.

Unfortunately, however, medical and scientific research affecting human life in diverse ways, poses a multitude of new problems, ranging across the entire life spectrum. In-vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research, chemical abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are very much on the cultural scene.

It is imperative that “the loving care of Christ”, Caritas Christi, be retained permanently without compromise of any of the principles involved, for those of us who want to avail ourselves and our families of this approach to medical care in the Roman Catholic tradition. Because of a real threat to its very existence, we have undertaken this communication with you.

Under negotiations conducted with a multi-billion dollar venture capital business firm, Cerberus Management L.P., negotiators for the Caritas Christi Health System would allow for the ending of any Catholic identity in these medical facilities, after a century and a half of its presence in Boston and environs. That possibility should never have been allowed.

Specifically, the agreement being negotiated stipulates that for a donation of $25 million dollars, the Catholic identity of these Caritas Christi hospitals would be removed, and they would be secularized. Given the threats to human life across the entire spectrum which we have mentioned, this is anathema. The $25 million dollars can only be likened to 25 pieces of silver.

We, the supporters of the Coalition To Save Catholic Health Care, request that these proceedings with Cerberus cease immediately and permanently. The Coalition opposes all facets of the negotiations, having examined the ethical, moral, religious, and financial aspects of what has been involved in these dealings with Cerberus.

As laity loyal to the Magisterial teachings of the Church, we respectfully are requesting that the disappearance of the historical Roman Catholic approach to patients, both collectively as well as individually, never become a reality in health care in this Archdiocese of Boston.

These proceedings and the acquisition could be completed within months, and we remain available to present any additional information about the proposed transfer.

Prayerfully and with loyalty to the teachings of our Messiah, we ask you from the Chair of Peter to call for the cessation of all negotiations with Cerberus, and to renew our diligent commitment to retain the essence of what we, as laity, have obtained from the true meaning of Caritas Christi.

Caritas Christi must remain in Roman Catholic ownership.

Respectfully and with agape love,

R. T. Neary, Chairman
Coalition To Save Catholic Health Care

Copies: Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Papal Nuncio to the United States of America

SETON AT CATHOLIC HOME SCHOOL & PARENT CONFERENCE

July 9, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — Seton curriculum material will be available for review and sale at the 2010 Immaculate Heart of Mary North Texas Home School and Parent Conference to be held on Friday, July 23rd  (2:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and Saturday, July 24th  (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas.

This conference is sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Coalition; anyone interested in teaching the Faith to the next generation should make every effort to attend!  This conference is ideal for families seeking tips for raising their children and trying to make God the center of their lives.  You do not need to be a home schooling parent to attend.  Those thinking about home schooling can get their questions answered, and those who currently home school will find encouragement and support.
Religious are especially welcome free of charge.

Father Andrew Apostoli, currently serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Prof. Joseph Pearce, internationally acclaimed author and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, as well as Mrs. Laura Berquist, founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, are just a few of the speakers scheduled for the two-day event.

For more information, including a complete list of vendors and speakers’  talk schedule, please visit www.ihmconference.org (click on the North Texas tab on the homepage.)

Attendees may still pre-register online, by mail (IHM-Texas Conference, P. O. Box 574, Linden, VA  22642), or by phone (540-636-1946), until July 16th (close of business 5:00PM EDT) at the special discount rates:

2-Day Fee: $20-single; $30-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
1-Day Fee: $15-single; $25-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
Pre-registrations received after July 16th and at door will be $5.00 more for each category listed above.

WHY VISIT SETON AT THE CONFERENCE?

Seton will offer a $30.00 discount per child in grades 1-12 with a full enrollment at the conference.  (Note: In order to save time at the conference, you can download and fill out an enrollment application.  Give the application to the Seton representative at the conference.  The enrollment form can be found at: http://www.setonhome.org/pdf/enroll.pdf)

At conferences, all Seton books are rounded-off to the lower dollar amount. If a book’s regular price is $7.95, the conference price is $7.00; plus, there are no shipping charges (you save approximately 10%)!  Also, if Seton is out of a book, and you order and pay for it at the conference, you pay no SHIPPING CHARGES!

If you have any questions, please contact Seton Home Study School at 540-636-9990, [email protected] or www.setonhome.org

WE HOPE YOU CAN COME FOR JUST ONE DAY…OR FOR BOTH!!

HAVE YOU PRE-REGISTERED YET?

Seton Home Study School
1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA  22630

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