This past weekend, during the announcements, the Celebrant asked each person to complete a set of postal cards dealing with the possible passing of FOCA. There was a card for each US Senator and the US Representative for my parish.
The card states:
At this time of serious national challenges, Americans should unite to serve the good of all, born and unborn. The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the most radical and divisive pro-abortion bill ever introduced into Congress, would create a "fundamental right" to abortion that government could not limit but would have to support. FOCA would overturn many existing widely supported policies, including laws protecting parental involvement and conscience rights and those preventing partial-birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion.
Please oppose FOCA or any similar measure, and retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion. As your constituent, I would appreciate a written response telling me how you would vote on these matters.
I have nothing wrong with this, and it shows democracy in action. However, in many respects, this is a waste of time and money.
First, history shows that this is meaningless to Sen. Barbara Mikulski and the Democratic Party as a whole.
About 10 or so years ago, over 250,000 postal cards were delivered to Mikulski and then Sen. Sarbanes about rejection of abortion. There was the photo op of the the Cardinals of Washington and Baltimore and the Bishop or Wilmington with all of the cards on the steps of the capital.
Mikulski and Sarbanes never mentioned it. It was totally ignored.
Second, Sen. Mikulski (who always makes certain to state how she was raised a Catholic) and Cardin are both 100% pro-abortion. The representative for my parish is 100% pro-abortion too. Makes no bones about it.
Third, they know that even with a 100% pro-abortion voting record, it does not matter -- they will be re-elected since Catholics don't vote their faith. Heck, you have members of the Knights supporting pro-abortion politicans and you have the USCCB hiring staffers who support pro-abortion politicans.
Finally, they know, with the Most Merciful, Lord High Barack Obama, Sen. Nancy "the theologian" Pelosi, Harry "the Body" Reid and with complete Democrat control of both Houses, they can and will ignore pro-lifers.
So, I will fill out the cards and send them it. It is a bit of a futile effort but who knows, maybe God will change one of their hearts.
Personally, I believe that the only way you are going to change the laws, is by electing pro-life politicians but when members of our own hierarchy vote for the Most Merciful, Lord High Barack Obama, you are really fighting as the underdog.