A Message from Fr. Eric
As we approach the end of October, we find ourselves near another upcoming election. This time of year always brings with it complications. Bishop Robert Barron recently offered some principles in an effort to ease the discomfort. Below I share with you his thoughts.
First, Catholic social teaching clearly goes beyond the split between Republican and Democrat, between liberal and conservative, and therefore corresponds perfectly with neither political camp. Anyone who says that either of our political parties perfectly, or even adequately, represents Catholic social thought is simply misinformed. Broadly speaking, the Democratic Party advocates a number of themes and principles reverenced by the Catholic tradition: concern for the underprivileged, for the migrant and refugee, and for the environment, as well as opposition to capital punishment and to all forms of racism. And again, broadly speaking, the Republican Party sides with Catholic teaching in a number of ways: opposition to abortion and euthanasia, defense of the traditional family, advocacy for conscience protection and freedom of religion. Which of the two parties is more “Catholic?” It seems to me impossible to adjudicate the question in the abstract.
Are we left, therefore, simply in a lurch? Not quite, and this leads to the second principle I would like to explicate: among the various values mentioned, a priority must be given to the defense of human life, since life is the most fundamental good of all, the one without which the other goods wouldn’t be obtained. Therefore, in the political calculus of a Catholic, opposition to abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment should take pride of place. Now, just to keep things complicated, Republicans are relatively right in regard to the first two and Democrats in regard to the last one, though, to be sure, the number of those threatened by abortion and euthanasia is far greater than the number of those under threat of capital punishment. Sometimes people will say that all lives are equally sacred, but in this context, that observation is something of a red herring. For the relevant question is not which lives are more sacred – those of the unborn, the elderly, the poor, the migrant – but which lives are more direly and directly threatened.
And this leads to a third principle: a Catholic may never vote for a candidate because that candidate supports a morally repugnant position, only despite that support and only because of balancing considerations. Thus, for example, a Catholic in good conscience could never say that she will vote for Joe Biden because the Democrat is pro-choice, and by the same token, a Catholic in good conscience could never say that he will vote for Donald Trump because the Republican is for capital punishment. Each would have to say some version of “despite his unacceptable position, I will vote for him because, in prudence, I have determined that other commitments of his and/or his own character counter-balances his objectionable opinion.” Does this lead us into somewhat murky waters? Frankly, yes, but that’s necessarily the case when we’re dealing not with matters of principle but matters of prudence.
And this last statement conduces to my fourth and final proposition: Catholics ought never to disagree in regard to moral principles, but they can indeed legitimately disagree about the best means to instantiate those principles. So, for example, I think that every Catholic in America ought to embrace the political ideals that I identified above, some more characteristic of the left and others of the right. Every Catholic ought to be for protecting the environment, serving the poor, defending the traditional family, battling social injustice, advocating for religious liberty and freedom of conscience, etc. But not every Catholic is obliged to subscribe to the same means of attaining those ends. Liberal and conservative Catholics can disagree about the Paris Climate Accords, the legitimacy of off-shore drilling, the advisability of reforming our healthcare system, changes to our tax laws, the level of the minimum wage, the best policy in regard to Wall Street regulation, etc. Those latter issues are open to legitimate debate and are matters for prudential judgment.
Perhaps I might, in closing, not so much propose a fifth principle, as deliver myself of a cri de coeur: Vote! Some Catholics are tempted – and I will admit to feeling the tug of this temptation – that because things are so complicated politically for those who advocate Catholic social teaching, it is best to say, “a plague on both your houses,” and keep to the sidelines. But this is not a tenable position. In the Lord’s Prayer, we petition, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The Gospel message does indeed draw us ultimately to eternal life on high with the Lord, but it also has real-world implications here below. If we Catholics don’t involve ourselves in the political process, as messy as that often is, we permit Catholic social teaching to remain a set of harmless abstractions.
– Fr. Eric
A Message from Bishop Foys
Mass Reopening Highlights
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.
- Those that are sick should refrain from attending for fourteen days from when symptoms began
- Those that are at higher risk should consider staying home at this time
- Masses will continue to be streamed online (8 AM daily, 10 AM Sunday)
- Social distancing and reduced capacity protocols will be in place, there will be markers on the pews indicating open seating
- Face coverings are encouraged for all and required for ushers and extraordinary minister
- Church will be cleaned and sanitized after every Mass – if there is someone who would be able to help organize volunteers to assist that would be greatly appreciated
- Distribution of Holy Communion
- All minister will sanitize hands before and after Communion and wear masks
- Distribution will be under one species, the Body of Christ
- Reception of Communion is to be in the hand and standing – as I am in the high-risk group, I ask in your charity to respect this decision
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Saturday: 6:30 PM (Spanish - 2nd and 4th Saturdays only - postponed until further notice)
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First Friday Mass:
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- Father Eric Andriot, Pastor, Parish Council - Chair, Evangelization
- John Tarvin, Seminarian in Residence
- Beth Ernst, Administrative Secretary
- Lora Funicelli, Books/Finance
- Krista Braun, Parish Council - Recreation
- Judy Dornbusch, Parish Council - School
- Mary Carol Heidrich, Parish Council - Secretary, Mainteance
- Laura Keener, Parish Council - Social Action
- Tobias Nathe, Parish Council - Faith Formation
- Dave Schlachter, Parish Council - Finance
- Joe Stryker, Parish Council - Co-Chair
- Tom Ewing, Finance Committee
- Brian Fischer, Finance Committee
- Jim Gerhardt, Finance Committee
- Blair Thompson, Finance Committee
- Pete Manczyk, Deanery Pastoral Council Representative
St. Rocco Blessing by Bishop Foys
Mass - First Communion
July 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM
St. Anthony School End of Year Video 2019-2020
Palm Burning Into Ashes
Dismantling of Pro-Life Crosses
2019 Fall Fest Video Slideshow
Reception for Fr. Eric Andriot
Farewell Reception for Fr. Benton
Celebration with Deacon Jim Fortner
10/21/20 3:01 am
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10/21/20 2:00 am
CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).-
The pastor of a parish destroyed by arson in Santiago, Chile on Sunday has urged local Catholics to reject temptations toward revenge, and to place their hope in unity with Jesus Christ.Read More
10/21/20 1:24 am
CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- A new survey released this week has found that 1 in 5 Catholic likely voters say they accept everything the Church teaches, with young adults being more likely than older generations to say they agree with Catholic doctrine.
RealClear Opinion Research, in partnership with EWTN News, conducted an Oct. 5-11 poll, surveying 1,490 likely voters who self-identify as Catholic. It is the fourth in a series of surveys of Catholics over the past year.Read More
Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home
Pope Francis Encyclical Letter - Click here