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Excerpted Election Reflections….

Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, Virginia

(From address to the Arlington Diocese Pro-Life Leader's Conference 8/5/00)

"We must support candidates who uphold the Gospel of Life. This is a presidential election year and a year when we elect every seat in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate. This presidential election and the related Senate elections are most crucial because the next president will probably appoint up to three justices to the Supreme Court. Now is the time -- not the week before the elections -- to accept your responsibility as Catholics to participate in the election process. "The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed, and human life defended, in all places and at all times." (Living the Gospel of Life, 33)

(From homily given at the pro-life Mass on the Feast of St. Peter Claver, Queen of Apostles Church, Alexandria, Virginia, 9/9/00)

"….Are the majority of Americans blind to the fact that the number of lives lost to abortion in our country since Roe v. Wade equals the population of thirteen of our Midwest states?

"….We are less than two months from the first national election of the millennium. We Catholics must approach our task as faithful citizens of this country by understanding our moral principles when listening to the political rhetoric.

"The moral principle that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and thus must be treated as a gift of God stands taller than any Supreme Court decision permitting the destruction of life in the womb.

"….Let me repeat what I have said before, "It is incompatible with the Catholic faith to support the taking of innocent life whether it is an unborn child or someone who is sick or suffering." (Homily, 9/3/00) The Holy Father in his ad limina speech to the Bishops of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1993 said, "To defend the right to life of unborn children is one of the greatest human life issues of our day."

"We must evaluate carefully the record of the candidates running for the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency."

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