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Archive of October 25, 2008

Bishop Olmsted’s booklet on Catholic civics reaches more than 100,000

Dallas, Texas, Oct 25, 2008 (CNA) - Bishop of Phoenix Thomas Olmsted’s pocket-sized book Catholics in the Public Square, which examines political issues from a Catholic perspective, has entered its second printing, Basilica Press announced on Friday. Copies of the book have been distributed to 107,500 Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix and the Diocese of Gallup, in addition to another 100,000 copies which were distributed in 2006.

In his book Bishop Olmsted discusses how Catholics can influence the nation and the political process in the light of their Catholic faith. New topics in the booklet include the responsibilities of Catholic institutions, the responsibilities of Catholic businessmen, and immigration concerns.

The bishop writes of “non-negotiable” political issues for Catholics, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.

Abortion and marriage are particularly topical issues in this year’s election. Arizona, California, and Florida, for instance, all have ballot measures to ensure their constitutions define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

In Arizona, internal polling by marriage proponents reports that Catholics in the Public Square is increasing support for the protection of marriage.

Bishop Olmsted described his reasons for re-releasing the book, saying:

“Not to act when our neighbor’s life or the foundation of the family is at stake, as in the case of not attempting to protect unborn children threatened by abortion or to protect the institution of marriage, is a particularly grave scandal of omission. Jesus said, ‘Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur’” (Lk 17:1).

Catholics in the Public Square can be purchased from Basilica Press at 800-933-9398. It retails for $4.95, with bulk discounts available.

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Gov. Palin’s special needs policy speech wins pro-life praise

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2008 (CNA) - Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin’s Friday speech describing her commitment to policies which assist children with special needs was praised by the president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List as an offer of “compassion and concrete help” to those in need.

Palin’s remarks came in her first policy speech on the issue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She advocated school choice opportunities for special needs children, fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and lowering taxes on special needs trusts which families establish to fund long-term care for their children.

“Very rarely does an issue in the public forum speak to the heart so poignantly as protecting children with special needs. Governor Sarah Palin offers compassion and concrete help to those of us hungry for information, support and solutions,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a Friday press release.

“Why does Sarah have such a beautiful perspective? Because she sees the value, necessity, and joy inherent in every human life," she continued.

Earlier this year Governor Palin gave birth to a son who has Down syndrome. About 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with the genetic disorder are deliberately aborted.

“Today Governor Palin pointed to the power, strength and influence that those with special needs can have in our homes and our nation. They are not to be pitied; in profound ways, they are to be emulated. Sarah Palin brings many special people and their families out of the shadows and into the light. They have so much to be proud of and her vocal leadership inspires them to them know it,” Dannenfelser concluded.

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