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A Rochester Priest Who Gets It

December 4th, 2012, Promulgated by Dr. K

Here is an excellent letter to the editor in the Catholic Courier penned by Fr. Jim Hewes, parochial vicar of the Holy Ghost/St. Helen/St. Jude cluster and local director of Project Rachel:

Have voters chided victor?

Once again over 50 percent of Catholic voters voted for President Obama. This means that probably 50 percent of Catholic voters in our diocese voted for President Obama. So I ask those Catholics who voted for President Obama:

Have you sent your letter already to the president as his supporter asking him to change his position of unrestricted access to abortions — including allowing abortions for gender selection or without parental consent or partial-birth abortions — and to stop supporting the government’s paying for abortions through Medicaid?

Have you written your letter to him asking him to stop governmental funding of Planned Parenthood, which performed over 329,445 abortions in 2010? By the way Planned Parenthood has been involved in most of the major cases, which have struck down any legal protection of the pre-born. This is why the April 14, 1993, New York Times pointed out, “in simple equation of public image, Planned Parenthood equals abortion rights.” The December 11, 1989, issue of Time magazine described Planned Parenthood as “the premiere institution of performing abortion in the country.”

Have you included in your letter a request to President Obama to rescind his Executive Order that removed any barriers to scientific research including embryonic stem cell research)?

In your letter have you urged President Obama to stop supporting the death penalty?

Finally, as Catholics committed to the non-violent teaching of Jesus, have you pleaded with President Obama to stop supporting U.S. violence in other countries including Libya and Afghanistan, where he ordered a surge of 30,000 troops and has increased significantly the number of drone attacks?

It is because of the Catholic vision of life that I didn’t vote for President Obama. It is the same reason I didn’t vote for Governor Romney, but that would be another whole letter.

Father Jim Hewes
Rochester

Thank you for defending life, Father!

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9 Responses to “A Rochester Priest Who Gets It”

  1. avatar Diane Harris says:

    Fr. Hewes did a magnificent job in his presentations at Notre Dame Retreat House during the Festival for Freedom last June. I wish everyone could have heard him. Father has been a consistent pro-life voice, in season and out of season!

  2. avatar DanielKane says:

    Took.My.Breath.Away. Bravo Father!

  3. avatar LC says:

    This is Awesome! Thanks for posting!

  4. avatar SALLYANNE says:

    I agree with everything Father has said!!

  5. avatar Richard Thomas says:

    Father has always been a stalwart defender of pro life. He was involved in Project Rachel for years.

  6. avatar annonymouse says:

    I appreciate Father Hewes’ honesty and political purity. However, I voted for Governor Romney, (by far) the lesser of two evils. One can hold out forever until the perfect candidate comes along. Until that day, babies continue to die.

    Governor Romney offered a chance to tip the balance on the Supreme Court and just perhaps send the abortion question back to the states, most of which would immediately outlaw the practice. Hundreds of thousands of babies would have been spared. That opportunity may be gone forever with the President’s re-election.

    Ah well – we do what we can do. God is in control – I have to remember that.

  7. avatar dallas says:

    Father Hewes, All excellent questions/points but I look forward to that 2nd letter; not choosing shouldn’t have been an option.

  8. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    DrK,
    You beat me to it. As soon as I read this on CC’s site, I thought, “this is going straight to CF”. I agree that I’d love to read the 2nd letter. Anyone know him? You better believe we’d post it here.

  9. Deo Gratias, though to be fair, the Death penalty isn’t against Catholic teaching per se…otherwise good post


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