April 22, 2014
“Bishops can’t tell politicians what to do,
but Catholic voters can!”
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Priests for Life Campaign to Convince
Catholics to VOTE LIKE CATHOLICS!
This is THE BEST WAY for you to Stop
Abortion and uproot the Culture of Death in the U.S.
You have proven yourself one of the pro-life
movement’s most loyal and active partners.
That’s why I’ve written you this urgent letter.
You and I have a huge and urgent mission to
accomplish. It is this.
In the 2012 Presidential election, over
29,000,000 Catholics went to the polls and voted. That’s the good news.
The bad news is this: Almost half of them voted
for the man Archbishop Charles Chaput rightly called “the most committed
‘abortion-rights’ presidential candidate of either major party since the
Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973.”
That’s why Priests for Life has published a
critically important document. It’s called:
“Voting with a Clear Conscience”
... and you can go to
here to read it. It won’t take you very long.
What I’m counting on you to do with this brochure
here and order as many copies as you can of “Voting
with a Clear Conscience” so you can pass them out to everyone you know:
At your parish. In your neighborhood. At work. To family members.
2. After you place your order, go
here and make a contribution to Priests for Life
so we can print and distribute TEN MILLION “Voting with a Clear
Conscience” brochures to Catholics in your state and states all across
the country in time to make a difference in this November’s national and
I’m urging you to do this because this November
may be America’s last chance to turn from the evil of abortion and
restore every American’s inalienable RIGHT TO LIFE! Remember:
Abortion corrupts our whole society and retards
progress on all the other issues ... including the economy and health
And we Catholics will play a key role in the
outcomes of this year’s elections.
That being true, it is critically important for
faithful, pro-life Catholics like you to show up at the polls on
November 4 and VOTE!
Pope Francis made that abundantly clear when he
“[Catholics] have an obligation to get involved
We can’t play the role of Pontius Pilate and wash our hands of it.
It’s easy to blame others. But people need to ask themselves:
‘Me? What am I doing about it?’”
In saying this, Pope Francis was echoing the
“Submission to authority and co-responsibility
for the common good make it morally obligatory … to exercise the right
to vote” (2240).
This obligation is so serious that in their 1998
document Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics,
our bishops instructed U.S. Catholics on the vital role they play in the
political process. In Paragraph 34 the bishops wrote:
“We encourage all citizens, particularly
Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and
privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building
the culture of life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote
counts. ... We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue -- or
lack thereof – is a judgment not only on them, but on us.”
The simple fact of the matter is that VOTING is
the best way for you to take part in the Church’s work of promoting and
building a Culture of Life here in the United States.
But there’s a catch.
When Catholics go into the voting booth, they do
not cease to be Catholic! The same hands joined in prayer to the Lord in
Church are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth!!!
And that means being informed about both the
issues and the candidates. It means applying Church teaching to our
voting decisions. And most important of all, it means ...
... knowing which issues are non-negotiable and
which are matters of prudential judgment!
The Church is very clear in teaching Catholics
which issues are of the greatest importance.
Primary among these are direct attacks on
innocent human life through ABORTION and EUTHANASIA!
No matter what a candidate’s position is on any
other issue – the economy, health care, the “War on Terror”, the death
sentence, immigration – if he or she promotes either abortion or
euthanasia, then that candidate automatically DISQUALIFIES him or
herself from public office. Period!
But how many Catholics know this?
From the results of the 2012 Presidential
election, it’s obvious that there are millions of our fellow Catholics
And you can be sure that the pro-abortion
apologists who control most of our nation’s news rooms will never let
American Catholics know that all of us are required to take our Catholic
faith with us when we enter the voting booth.
In fact, the last thing the enemies of Christ
want is for Catholics to start voting as Catholics should vote! The
reason why is plain enough. And it’s this:
We Catholics are the most important demographic
of voters in the entire country.
Consider these facts from the polling
• Catholics make up 26% of the electorate.
• Sadly, Catholics are more likely to vote for
pro-abortion candidates than pro-life ones:
In 1992, they did so by a margin of 47% to 35% .
In 1996, a whopping 55% did.
In 2000, it was 52% for the pro-abortion candidate, 46% pro-life.
In 2004, the split was 52% - 48% in favor of the pro-abortion
In 2008, in spite of Archbishop Chaput’s clear warning, 53% voted for
a pro-abortion extremist!
And in 2012, 49% voted for the same man.
• 40% of Catholics agree that abortion is
• Among Mass-attending Catholics, 24% think abortion is “morally
• A shocking 82% of Catholics believe that contraception is “morally
• 75% support euthanasia.
• While 60% are in favor of doctor-assisted suicide.
What those numbers show is that we have a lot of
work to do if we’re going to restore our nation’s moral foundation, end
the crime of abortion, defend religious freedom and save America.
And I’m counting on you to continue your
tremendous pro-life work and go
here to support Priests for Life’s non-stop effort
to end America’s abortion holocaust!
What we have got to do in the short time left
before this November’s historic mid-term elections is to convince
millions of faithful, practicing Catholics to ...
Take their Catholic values – and especially their
pro-life principles – with them when they go into the voting booth on
If we succeed in doing that then I am convinced
that we can change the political landscape in Washington.
I say that because in most elections the winner
beats the loser by less than 5% of the vote.
And we Catholics have the numbers to be that
deciding 5% in every election.
The key to success is to give everything we’ve
got over these next few months to the work of educating our fellow
Catholics and helping them understand that to knowingly and willingly
give power to those who will advance the violence of abortion is to have
a part in that violence.
Which is why Priests for Life has launched its
Campaign to distribute TEN MILLION copies of
“Voting with a Clear Conscience.”
This easy-to-read brochure lays out the ten steps
every Catholic needs to follow in order to stay in union with the
Church’s clear teaching that the RIGHT TO LIFE is the fundamental human
This is precisely as Blessed John Paul II wrote
in Christifideles Laici (§38):
“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly
made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to
home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the
right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition
for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum
From this it’s clear:
One cannot, in good conscience,
be a faithful, practicing Catholic
and support abortion!
I go even further and say that one cannot be a
decent human being and support abortion!
Cardinal Ratzinger (later elected as Pope
Benedict) issued a “doctrinal note” stressing that:
“A well-formed Christian conscience does not
permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which
contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”
That’s what millions of U.S. Catholics need to
Which is why I’m counting on you to go
here and get behind Priests for Life’s urgent campaign to
print and distribute TEN MILLION copies of “Voting with a Clear
As you will see when you read it:
- Voting with a Clear Conscience explains the
Catholic citizen’s moral obligation to vote and take an active role in
the country’s political process.
- It does not endorse any particular candidate or political party.
- It stresses the importance of: (1) Knowing every candidate’s position,
(2) Rejecting those who disqualify themselves from public office, and
(3) Weighing the various issues confronting the nation.
- It encourages every Catholic to STAY FOCUSED ON CHRIST, rather than on
any one politician or a particular political party.
- And it urges Catholics to support the campaigns of good and
Not only that, but every statement regarding
Church teaching is referenced in order to make it clear that what’s
written in “Voting with a Clear Conscience” is NOT an “opinion” of
either myself or Priests for Life.
Rather, it draws from the teachings of the
Magisterium on faithful citizenship!
In short, it does everything a good voter’s guide
But our “Voting with a Clear Conscience” brochure
is useless if it doesn’t get widespread distribution.
And that’s where you come in!
here and take ownership of this extremely important
Priests for Life is determined to put copies of
“Voting with a Clear Conscience” in the hands of TEN MILLION Catholics
between now and Election Day 2014.
But we desperately need your help in order to
achieve that goal and save our nation.
For one thing, you probably know many Catholics
who don’t vote as they should. It could be a neighbor ... a co-worker
... a fellow parishioner ... a family member ... anyone. It’s important
that you help guide them to the truth about their moral obligation to
vote like a true son or daughter of the Church.
As I told you at the beginning of my letter,
there are two ways you can help today:
here to ORDER copies of “Voting with a Clear Conscience”.
When you get them, pass them out at your parish, where you work and to
Catholics in your neighborhood.
here and make a CONTRIBUTION for as much as you can so
Priests for Life can print and distribute TEN MILLION “Voting with a
Clear Conscience” brochures to Catholics in your home state and states
all across the country in time to make a difference this November.
It’s critically important that you get directly
involved in this project to spread copies of “Voting with a Clear
Conscience” within your own local community.
But it’s equally important that you help get
“Voting with a Clear Conscience” into the hands of as many of your
fellow Catholics as you can all across the country.
And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you
here and make a contribution to help support this Priests
for Life project today!
I’m counting on you to do this because it costs
Priests for Life $20 for every batch of 100 “Voting with a Clear
Conscience” brochures we print, package and mail. Since our Campaign
goal is TEN MILLION copies of “Voting with a Clear Conscience” printed
and delivered, the total cost will be upwards of $2,000,000.
That’s a huge amount, I know. And quite frankly,
Priests for Life doesn’t have even close to that much money.
Which is why I’ve written you this urgent letter!
As someone who takes your Catholic Faith
seriously and is dedicated to the cause of LIFE, I am sure you see how
critical it is that we get our fellow Catholics to vote like Catholics
and that you’re willing to get behind this Campaign with a contribution
for as much as you can make today.
You see, we have the names and addresses of
Catholics who will receive the next wave of 500,000 brochures but we
don’t have the $100,000 Priests for Life needs to print them up and mail
That’s why I’m hoping you will go
here and help with a contribution today.
As you consider how large a gift to send, keep
this fact in mind:
• Roughly one out of every four voters in the
country is a Catholic.
As you can see, we Catholics have it within our
power to turn this nation around.
That’s because of what I told you earlier: Most
political races are decided by less than 5 percentage points. In many
races the difference is less than 1%. And in some elections, the
difference between the winner and loser is as little as one vote per
All we have to do is convince our fellow
Catholics to follow Church teaching and vote accordingly.
Which is exactly what “Voting with a Clear
Conscience” can do.
If we can get just 1,000,000 Catholics to base
on Church teaching, that should be enough
to change the direction America is going in.
It would certainly change the political landscape
But that won’t happen unless someone helps them
see that they have a moral obligation to take their Catholic principles
into the voting booth with them this year and in all future elections.
Today I’m counting on you to go
here and be that “someone”.
With your help right now and in the coming
months, we can get “Voting with a Clear Conscience” into the hands of
millions of Catholics and use it to set their hearts on fire to make our
Catholic values a vital part of our culture.
As an active member of Priests for Life you’ve
proven time and time again that you are willing to do everything you can
to save our country from further moral collapse.
Well, one of the best ways for you to do that is
to take ownership of this project and help Priests for Life get millions
of Catholics to VOTE LIKE CATHOLICS should vote.
That’s why I urge you to make a contribution to
Priests for Life right now ... before you go on to another web page.
Even as you read this, voters in states
throughout the country are choosing their candidates for Congress and
other elected offices. Some states have already held their primary
And since Election Day 2014 will be here before
you know it ...
We have no time to waste!
So please don’t make the mistake of thinking you can’t make a difference or
that “someone else” will help.
Our nation is in the mess it is because too many
good people left the battle to “someone else.”
Today you are that “someone else.”
This is your chance to make a real difference
this election year. But in order to do so ...
You must act now!
For every $20 you send,
Priests for Life can ship out 100 copies of
“Voting with a Clear Conscience.”
That’s why I’m counting on you to go
here and make a contribution for as much as you can to
Priests for Life.
I know I must sound desperate to you. But that’s
because I am. These are desperate times for our nation. For the pro-life
movement. And especially for the youngest members of our human family.
All I’m asking you to do is go
here and give what you can.
And know that in heartfelt appreciation for your
choosing to get behind Priests for Life’s “Voting with a Clear
Conscience” Campaign, I will remember you at every Mass I offer; as will
all the priests of Priests for Life.
Thank you for doing this and may God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
P.S. We must reach our fellow Catholics this
election year. The future of America is on the line and we Catholics can
make the difference ... but only if faithful Catholics understand how
Catholics ought to vote. “Voting with a Clear Conscience” will teach
them! Think of it: Our brochure could very well be the deciding factor
in countless political races. Which means you have a real chance to
influence the course America takes.
Priests for Life is all set to send out the next
wave of 500,000 “Voting with a Clear Conscience” brochures – just as
soon as we raise the $100,000 we need to print them up and mail them
To help simply go
here and follow the instructions.
The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed, and
human life defended, in all places and all times. The arena for moral
responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting
booth as well. - Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American
Catholics and in Paragraph 24
NOTE: If you prefer to send a check, please make
it out to Priests for Life and send it to us at PO Box 141172, Staten
Island, NY 10314. If you have any questions, call us toll-free at