An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama

November 14, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama,

As American Catholics, we, the undersigned, would like to reiterate the congratulations given to you by Pope Benedict XVI. We will be praying for you as you undertake the office of President of the United States.

Wishing you much good will, we hope we will be able to work with you, your administration, and our fellow citizens to move beyond the gridlock which has often harmed our great nation in recent years. Too often, partisan politics has hampered our response to disaster and misfortune. As a result of this, many Americans have become resentful, blaming others for what happens instead of realizing our own responsibilities. We face serious problems as a people, and if we hope to overcome the crises we face in today’s world, we should make a serious effort to set aside the bitterness in our hearts, to listen to one another, and to work with one another

One of the praiseworthy elements of your campaign has been the call to end such partisanship. You have stated a desire to engage others in dialogue. With you, we believe that real achievement comes not through the defamation of one’s opponents, nor by amassing power and using it merely as a tool for one’s own individual will. We also believe dialogue is essential. We too wish to appeal to the better nature of the nation. We want to encourage people to work together for the common good. Such action can and will engender trust. It may change the hearts of many, and it might alter the path of our nation, shifting to a road leading to a better America. We hope this theme of your campaign is realized in the years ahead.

One of the critical issues which currently divides our nation is abortion. As you have said, no one is for abortion, and you would agree to limit late-term abortions as long as any bill which comes your way allows for exceptions to those limits, such as when the health of the mother is in jeopardy. You have also said you would like to work on those social issues which cause women to feel as if they have a need for an abortion, so as to reduce the actual number of abortions being performed in the United States.

Indeed, you said in your third presidential debate, “But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, ‘We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby.'”

As men and women who oppose abortion and embrace a pro-life ethic, we want to commend your willingness to engage us in dialogue, and we ask that you live up to your promise, and engage us on this issue.

There is much we can do together. There is much that we can do to help women who find themselves in difficult situations so they will not see abortion as their only option. There is much which we can do to help eliminate those unwanted pregnancies which lead to abortion.

One of your campaign promises is of grave concern to many pro-life citizens. On January 22, 2008, the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, when speaking of the current right of women in America to have abortions, you said, “And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.”

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) might well undermine your engagement of pro-life Americans on the question of abortion. It might hamper any effort on your part to work with us to limit late-term abortions. We believe FOCA does more than allow for choice. It may force the choice of a woman upon others, and make them morally complicit in such choice. One concern is that it would force doctors and hospitals which would otherwise choose not to perform abortions to do so, even if it went against their sacred beliefs. Such a law would undermine choice, and might begin the process by which abortion is enforced as a preferred option, instead of being one possible choice for a doctor to practice.

It is because of such concern we write. We urge you to engage us, and to dialogue with us, and to do so before you consider signing this legislation. Let us reason together and search out the implications of FOCA. Let us carefully review it and search for contradictions of those positions which we hold in common.
If FOCA can be postponed for the present, and serious dialogue begun with us, as well as with those who disagree with us, you will demonstrate that your administration will indeed be one that rises above partisanship, and will be one of change. This might well be the first step toward resolving an issue which tears at the fabric of our churches, our political process, our families, our very society, and that causes so much hardship and heartache in pregnant women.

Likewise, you have also recently stated you might over-ride some of President G.W. Bush’s executive orders. This is also a concern to us. We believe doing so without having a dialogue with the American people would undermine the political environment you would like to establish. Among those issues which concern us are those which would use taxpayer money to support actions we find to be morally questionable, such as embryonic stem cell research, or to fund international organizations that would counsel women to have an abortion (this would make abortion to be more than a mere choice, but an encouraged activity).

Consider, sir, your general promise to the American people and set aside particular promises to a part of your constituency. This would indicate that you plan to reject politics as usual. This would indeed be a change we need.

Sincerely,

Deal W. Hudson
Christopher Blosser
Marjorie Campbell
Mark J. Coughlan
Rev. James A. Nowack
Craig D. Baker
Susan DeBoisblanc
Megan Stout
Joshua D. Brumfield
Ashley M. Brumfield
Michael J. Iafrate
Natalie Navarro
Matthew Talbot
Paul Mitchell
Todd Flowerday
Henry C Karlson III
Adam P Verslype
Josiah Neeley
Michael J. Deem
Katerina M. Deem
Natalie Mixa
Henry Newman
Anthony M. Annett
Mickey Jackson
Veronica Greenwell
Thomas Greenwell PhD
Robert C. Koerpel
Nate Wildermuth

New, Online Signatures:
William Simon
Deacon Keith Fournier
Mary Ruebelmann-Benavides

Jesus Benavides
Steve Dillard
Toby Danna
William Eunice
Mark Shea
Fr. Phil Bloom
Christopher Gant
Robert King, OP.
Peter Halabu
Kelly Clark
Eric Giunta
Mark Gordon
Linda Schuldt
Michael Mlekoday
Bryan McLaughlin
Victoria Hoffman
Jonathan Jones
Jim Janknegt
Marcel LeJeune
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Ken Hallenius III
Zach Gietl
Megan Bless
Kathy Myers
Timothy M. Mason
Kevin Koster
John Anthony D’Arpino
Brian Desmarais
Mary C. Borneman
Sylwia Matlosz
Stephen Lewis
Susan Boedefeld
David Turner
Fr. Loren W. Gonzales
Barbara Emge
Adam Mateo Fierro
Matthew Hardesty
Mark DeFrancisis
Heather Barrett
Sally Hultgren
Esther C. Gefroh
Brian Murphy
Joe A. Potillor, Jr.
Daniel H. Conway
Andrea Brown
Allan Hebert
Brandon Charles Markey
Chris Altieri
Nick van Zee
Chad Toney
Michael Enright
Susan Windley-Daoust
Lisa Pieson
Lisa Commerford
Erica Ford
David Nickol
John Elfering
Paul Zummo
Alena Chovanec
Brian T. Coughlin
Darren Krakowski
Anthony F. Miller
Joe Schriner
Clayton Emmer
Thomas L. McDonald
Justin Nickelsen
Joseph S. Arena
Nicholas J. Hardesty
Jean M. Heimann
Susan Murphy
Terri Peterson
Eric McIntosh
Mary Dykmann
Claire Gilligan
Kathrin Deady, R.N.
Maureen Boylan
Pamela Brill
David J. Brill
Adolfo Muniz O.P.
Rev. James A. Burcaria
Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP
Margaret Meier
Tyler Smedley
Joann Shannon
Barbara Goodier
Brian Mood
Ron Chandonia
Allison Wajert
William Collier
Geanie Smith
Gabriel Pulido
Robert Bruce Lewis

Cross-posted at:
DealWHudson (Theocon)
Inside Catholic
The Hopeful Populist
Catholic Anarchy
American Catholic
Gift of Self
Adam V’s Blog
Thoughts of a Regular Guy
Against the Grain
Defending My Bean Field
Bound and Free
Suicide of the West
Pro Ecclesia * Pro Familia * Pro Civitate
Southern Appeal
Full Circle
One Nation Under God
Dyspeptic Mutterings
The Cranky Conservative
Astonished, Yet at Home!
Laughter and Humility
Catholic and Enjoying It
The Catholic Liberal
Ad Saeculum
The Lady in the Pew
Pansy and Peony
Confessions of a Liberal Traditionalist
James B. Janknegt’s Weblog
Aggie Catholics
What Does the Prayer Really Say
100% of Your RDA of Ken
Yellow Blog Journalism
The Black Biretta
The Rockin’ Traddy
The Holy Cookie
Overheard in the Sacristy
The School of Mary
The Practicing Catholic
A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
Verbum Veritatis
This Old Church: Behind Enemy Lines
Catholic Mountain
The Lazy Disciple
The Weight of Glory
PhatCatholic Apologetics
Tom S.F.O.
Catholic Fire
Catholic Father
Gratia Super Naturam
Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
LiveJournal
AverageJoe Schriner
Fidele Ecclesia

Media Coverage (if you find more, let me know):

Catholic News Agency
(CNA story on CBCP News)
Catholic Online
Washington Times
Commander Craig (Catholic Radio 2.0)

This list will be updated; feel free to copy/paste the letter onto your own blog, and if you do, let me know, and I will add you here.

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  • http://padrevic.blogspot.com Padrevic

    Good job. Let us all pray we can find common ground with our new President and help change our culture to respect all life.

    peace to all
    padrevic

  • http://defendingmybeanfield.blogspot.com Brian Lester

    This is a good letter. I hope the President-Elect sees it and responds. Aside from it being the right thing to do, even from a pragmatic political perspective it makes sense for him to moderate his position and not zealously advocate for FOCA. Whatever motive pushes him, I hope that’s the result.

    I’ve posted the letter at my blog, defendingmybeanfield.blogspot.com

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Brian

    I think there is good hope that President-Elect Obama will be made aware of it. The more it is spread, the more not only he, but others will as well. I’ve made sure it has been sent to several key Obama-sources (online and offline), and there is also an effort to get national media attention to it. It does appear some of the media is favorable to giving it a hearing; hopefully the rest will follow!

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  • http://boundandfree.wordpress.com Adam

    I posted it at my blog. boundandfree.wordpress.com

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Adam,

    Thanks for your support!

  • http://www.suicideofthewest.com Mark Gordon

    I’ve posted it, too. at Suicide of the West

  • http://www.suicideofthewest.com Mark Gordon
  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Mark

    Ok, got it.

  • http://southernappeal.org Feddie

    Henry-

    I think this letter is a step in the right direction. If you would like to add my name, please feel free to do so.

    I’ll put a link up to this post at SA today.

    Thanks for your work on this.

  • http://southernappeal.org Feddie

    Oh, and obviously, you can use my real name.

  • grega

    For me it is a false sense of modesty that the person (H. Karlson?) who initiated this
    effort does not sign first. Why so shy Mr. Karlson?
    What is the rationale behind the order of signees anyway?
    The way it appears now (to this outsider at least) Mr.Hudson is the most prominent signee in close second by Christopher Blosser.
    As Obama would perhaps say: “Come on – what is wrong with that picture”.

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  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Feddie: Done. And if anyone else, now having read the letter, wants to be added on to the electronic list of names, let me know. I will start adding them as well.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Grega

    I am the one who directly sent the letter to Obama to three different addresses. I am the one they have contact information for, if they want to contact me.

    If you think it is false modesty which led me to put my name lower on the list, so be it.

  • http://southernappeal.org Feddie

    Thanks, Henry. Sorry I was late to the game on this. The last few months for me have been extremely hectic.

  • digbydolben

    Although I find this to be a MOSTLY reasonable statement–just as I expected it to be, from you–I wonder how much of an influence you can hope to have with an Obama Administration, when it is coupled with THIS:

    http://www.cuatower.com/2008/11/14/cardinal-at-cua-obama-is-%E2%80%98aggressive-disruptive-and-apocalyptic%E2%80%99/

    Also, THIS part simply isn’t true:

    or to fund international organizations that would counsel women to have an abortion (this would make abortion to be more than a mere choice, but an encouraged activity).

    I had to research this issue extensively when I was acting as a high school forensics activity coach recently, in a Catholic high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What I and my debaters learnt was that the “international organizations” that the Bush Administration had cut funding to were NOT “counseling women to have an abortion“–that they were, instead, just citing abortion as ONE of a NUMBER of “family planning” techniques, and that they were often doing this for women who had been raped or abused–and “raped,” often, by soldiers terrorizing them and their families.

    The Bush ban also included cutting funds for organisations that provided contraceptives. Those organisations had previously been succeeding in cutting down the numbers of AIDS transmissions, and, paradoxically, when the funds were cut off to programs that had been designed by Africans for Africans and which included some regard for the sexual culture of Africans (as, for example, emphasis on “serial polygamy,” rather than the more traditional “simulataneous polygamy” practised by many tribesmen), the numbers of abortions of AIDS-infected foetuses had INCREASED!

    It is for this reason, principally–as well as the fact that I cannot stomach the hypocrisy of the Catholic Pro-Life Movement in refraining from targeting artificial insemination as the true CAUSE of the stem cell research problem–that I am unable to sign your petition as it is written.

    However, I wish you well with it.

  • http://earlychurchfathers.org/fullcircle Ggoose

    This is outstanding. I too linked it with the full text on my blog Full Circle

  • http://www.onenationundergod.org/ Lisa

    An Open Letter to President Elect Obama has also been posted at OneNationUnderGod.org – Thank you!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Feddie

    Yes, it’s been a busy year for everyone. I just wanted to get this out ASAP which is why I didn’t give as much time as would have allowed to get more direct signatures. But I think the additional ones online, and the fact of so many blogs will host the letter, will indicate something.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    GGoose

    Thanks!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Lisa

    Thanks, and got your cross-post listed as well here. It’s good to see many people supportive of this effort!

  • http://southernappeal.org Feddie

    Henry-

    I agree. Thanks for your hard work on this.

  • http://dprice.blogspot.com Dale Price

    Good work–I posted it, too.

    [Resuming radio silence.]

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Digbydolben

    As you know, there are many reactions to Obama’s election, and within the Catholic Church, there are people who are positive and people who are negative over it. It has been the case with every president, I suspect. I just hope more will at least be open to see what Obama will do, and pray for him and that he will have wisdom in his role as President.

    Even citing abortion as an option, one could say, is encouragement. Obviously I think you are right about artificial insemination, and have discussed it a few times on Vox Nova. It’s a part of the problem many do not want to admit.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Dale — thanks to you as well.

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  • http://earlychurchfathers.org/fullcircle Ggoose

    Henry, Thanks for this again. FYI, my name is William Eunice if you wanted to add my name to the list.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    William

    Got it! Thanks again!

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  • Mark Shea

    Just posted it on my blog. Sign me up!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Mark Shea:

    Done! And as with everyone else, thank you for your support for this!

  • http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2964/ Fr Phil Bloom

    Excellent letter. Please sign me up. I will place this open letter in our church bulletin and ask parishioners to sign it. Also will post on my website. Prayers for this good effort. God bless!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Fr. Phil Bloom

    I’ve added your name to the list; thanks for the link to the letter from your webpage, for the prayers, and the desire to bring their forward to your parishioners!

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  • cggant

    I’ve added the Open Letter to my blog located at http://catholicliberal.wordpress.com/

    I’d also like to add my name to the signers if that is convenient.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Christopher G: Done and done. Thanks for your support as well!

  • http://adsaeculum.blogspot.com/ Br. Robert, OP

    I’ve put it on my blog, too. Please add my name to the signatories.

  • Linda Schuldt

    Please add my name! Thank you so much! Linda Schuldt

  • http://adsaeculum.blogspot.com/ Br. Robert, OP

    For the record, my full name is Robert King, OP. My blog posting is here.

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  • http://www.catholicanarchy.org Michael J. Iafrate

    Copied also at CatholicAnarchy.org.

  • http://adamvsblog.wordpress.com adamv

    Posted at my blog.

  • Peter Halabu

    I’d like to add my name to the petition also please. Thanks!

  • http://pewlady.blogspot.com/ Kelly Clark

    The Lady in the Pew has posted the letter. Please add my name. Thanks.

  • http://www.suicideofthewest.com Mark Gordon

    Please add my name: Mark Gordon from Suicide of the West

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Thank Br. Robert, Linda, Peter, Kelly and Mark G once again. I got your names added and for those who had them, blog on the list of cross-posts.

  • http://beingalleluia.wordpress.com Michael Mlekoday

    I think we left some things out, as it’s necessary to combine pro-life arguments with anti-war arguments, but I agree with everything in the letter.

    I’d like my name added to the letter: Michael Mlekoday.

    Thanks.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Michael

    I agree with embracing the full spectrum of life issues as should be clear in the posts I’ve written on VN in the past. But I wanted to produce a focused letter which could bring people together in agreement as we send it to Obama. Of course, this is only the start, and other concerns should be addressed later.

    I’ve added your name. Thanks!

  • http://moss-place.stblogs.org Pansy Moss

    Pansy and Peony have added this letter. Thank you.

  • http://josephsoleary.typepad.com/my_weblog Spirit of Vatican II

    This is the kind of dialogal overture that the Catholic Bishops should be undertaking. I give the link to this on my weblog. Vox Nova is a voice of sanity, bringing liberal and conservative Catholics together in a very valuable way.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Pansy

    Thanks — and I get the crosslink up now!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Spirit of Vatican II

    Yes, I hope an effort like this can be established to help get a sane discussion going, and one which engages and works with and not against a common ground, as the starting point of any future dialogue. I am pleased with the result so far.

  • Bryan McLaughlin

    Please add me to this letter.

  • http://lexetlibertas.wordpress.com/ JDCand

    Mr. Karlson:

    I’m posting this letter on my blog, “Confessions of a Liberal Traditionalist”

    In addition, please email me, and I will give you my name to add to the letter. Thanks!

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  • http://www.bcartfarm.com Jim Janknegt

    I added the letter on my blog:

    http://janknegt.eccwireless.com/blog.html

  • mary

    Very good letter…

  • http://none Victoria Hoffmann

    Thank you for this effort. Please add my name to your letter.

    I also plan on sending the President-elect my own letter regarding abortion and other life issues.

  • jonathanjones02

    Please add my name.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    More thanks to everyone; I will keep adding names/blogs as I have time and catch them. If I somehow miss one, let me know.

  • http://lexetlibertas.wordpress.com/ JDCand

    HENRY KARLSON:

    Do you have an email address? I would like to give you my name to add to the petition.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    JDCand

    I sent you an e-mail. It should be there already (I hope).

  • http://vivificat1.blogspot.com Teófilo de Jesús

    Please, add my signature. Also, I crossposted this to my blog, Vivificat!

    http://vivificat1.blogspot.com

    -Theo

  • http://www.marysaggies.blogspot.com/ Marcel LeJeune
  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Marcel

    Thank you as well; I’ve added you to both the online signatures and to the bloglist now.

  • http://www.marysaggies.blogspot.com/ Marcel LeJeune

    Henry,
    Thanks.
    FYI – “LeJeune” has one “n”

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Sorry about that typo! Should be fixed now.

  • http://www.augustphotos.com Gerald A. Naus

    The abortion issue is probably the most annoying in politics – and uniquely American. Beholden to respective interest groups, both sides can never find common ground. The terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are screwy to begin with.

    Every Supreme Court nomination goes through the same spiel. Needless to say, a justice’s ruling on Roe v. Wade should have NOTHING to do with his views on abortion. I like Kennedy the most, he’s not as predictable as the others. Abortion should not be on constitutional level (and neither should a gay marriage ban, *$#*!) – that’s how this whole circus started. Obviously, abortion should never be outlawed completely, but with the American situation, no reasonable solution is possible. It goes without saying that a complete abortion ban would never pass anywhere. Certain restrictions could find a fairly broad consensus – like the European models – but that’s all blocked by Roe v Wade.

    So…the man rumored to become attorney general was the key guy behind the Marc Rich pardon. Well, it fits that Hillary will be secretary of state.

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    As Georg Buechner wrote, peace to the huts, war on the palaces.

  • http://halleni.us Ken Hallenius III

    I think this is an excellent, reasonable appeal. I’ve posted it to my blog as well. Keep up the good work!

  • http://wdtprs.com/blog/ Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)

    I have added this to my site.

    o{]:¬)

  • http://meanderinghome.blogpsot.com Kacy Ellis

    Very well said! I am posting your letter on my blog. Add my name please.

  • http://andrewsandfamily.blogspot.com Steven M. Andrews

    Well said. I had been considering authoring just such a letter myself! May God aid us in this worthy cause.

  • Zach Gietl

    Please add my name to the list of signees.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Ken and Fr. John: I saw you signed it on your websites, so I put your names on the list here. Thanks for the blog posts!

    Zach: Added.

    Kacy: I couldn’t find it on your blog.

    Steven M Andrews: Thanks!

  • Megan Bless

    Excellent letter. Please add my name to the list as well. Pax tecum.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Megan: Done! Thanks!

  • Kathy Myers

    Please add my name as well. Thanks!

  • http://tmason47.typepad.com Tim Mason

    I’d Like to add my name as well, and I am posting this at my blog http://tmason47.typepad.com

  • http://www.oldstpatrick.org Kevin Koster

    Please add my name as well.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Kathy, Tim and Kevin: done. And thanks for the post, Tim.

  • http://fatherstephen.blogspot.com/ Rev. Stephen M. Koeth, CSC

    I think this letter represents a very serious, respectful, yet faithful engagement with our President-Elect. Thank you.

  • John Anthony D’Arpino

    Please add my name!

  • http://www.catholic-clergy.org Father John Trigilio

    MAGNIFICENT, BRILLIANT and most APPROPRIATE

    Am adding it to my blog (the Black Biretta [http://blackbiretta.blogspot.com]) and to the webpage for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy [http://www.catholic-clergy.org] (of which I am President)

    May Divine Grace guide the hearts of all politicians and citizens

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Fr. Stephen — thank you!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    John Anthony D’Arpino: done!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Father John: thank you for your kind words! I will put up your posts in the cross-link section when the letter is up on your blogs (or in the morning, if I do not see it before I have to go offline).

  • Brian Desmarais

    Henry,

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you.

  • MaryB

    Excellent letter. Please add my name: Mary C Borneman

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Brian and Mary — thank you! And done.

  • Sylwia Matlosz

    Henry,

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you very much for taking the time to organize all of this!

    – Sylwia Matlosz

  • http://www.rockintraddy.blogspot.com Stephen Lewis

    Posted just now, and would like very much my name added!

  • Sylwia M

    anti-FOCA Petition

    http://www.fightfoca.com/

  • Susan B

    Please add my name as well-Susan Boedefeld

    Thank you and God bless.

  • Dave T.

    Please add my name to the list: David Turner, Longview, WA

  • http://holycookie.blogspot.com Alli

    I have posted the letter (http://holycookie.blogspot.com/2008/11/open-letter-to-president-elect-obama.html). Please add my name as well.

  • James Capaldi

    I am fully supportive of your position and this petition. However, I don’t think that there is any hope of Obama changing his mind. He is too beholden to the special interest lefty groups that got him elected.

    Obama may not be THE antichrist, but he sure is AN antichrist in the immoral stand that he has taken.

    May Our Lady of Guadelupe help us!

  • http://www.overheardinthesacristy.net Fr Loren W Gonzales

    I have added my name as well a posted and linked to this site.

    We have specifically prayed for our leaders-elect daily since November 5, and will continue seeking the Holy Spirit’s wisdom upon those who unfortunately promote a culture of death rather than our Lord’s Culture of Life.

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  • Barbara Emge

    Please add my name. It is good to send positive feedback to our new Presidet-Elect with the Spirit of Truth. Thank You!

  • Adam Fierro

    Please include my name, too: Adam Mateo Fierro

  • http://theschoolofmary.blogspot.com Matthew Hardesty

    I have posted this letter on my blog:
    http://theschoolofmary.blogspot.com/2008/11/adding-my-name-to-open-letter-to.html

    In Jesu, per Mariam,
    Matthew Hardesty

  • Mark DeFrancisis

    Henry,

    Please add my name too.

  • http://www.hebert.austin.tx.us Allen Hebert

    I have added this to my blog at CatholicMountain.com and please add me to the list of signers:

    Allen Hebert

  • http://thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com Practicing Catholic

    A most excellent letter, which I would be pleased to sign!

    I’m posting it at my blog, The Practicing Catholic.

    Thank you,
    Heather Barrett

  • Mickey Jackson

    Glad to see such a positive reaction! We can engage our new president on these issues without sacrificing our own moral integrity as Catholic advocates of the Culture of Life.

    St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of the pro-life movement, pray for us!

  • Sally Hultgren

    Great letter! Please add my name to the signatures.

  • http://populisthope.blogspot.com Matt Talbot

    Posted on my Blog, Henry. Great job.

  • http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com Esther

    I’ve posted it on my blog too. Mahalo!

  • Andrea Brown

    Excellent letter Please add my name to the list.
    Andrea Brown
    Anaheim, CA

  • http://vivatjesus.blogspot.com Brian Murphy

    Excellent letter and please add my name to the list of signers. Thank you.

  • http://truthbloggedhere.blogspot.com Joe of St. Therese

    I have added this letter at my blog verbum veritatis :http;//truthbloggedhere.blogspot.com

  • Daniel H. Conway

    Please add my name.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Once again, a massive thank you to all who signed during the night. I’ve put in all the addition, again.

    Alli: I put a link to your blog, but please contact us so as to know how to fully sign your name. Then I will add it!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Mickey

    Yes, it’s great to see so many people joining in!

  • http://www.fidetrat.blogspot.com Chris Altieri

    Dear Henry Karlson,

    Please add my name, Christopher R. Altieri, to the list of signatories. I have also published the letter at my blog, The Lazy Disciple: http://www.fidetrat.blogspot.com

    In Dno,

    C

  • Lorenzo Schoepflin

    I’m italian. I’m so worried about FOCA appoval. I support your letter. Human life, liberty and dignity are under attack. I hope President Obama will think deeply about consequences.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Chris,

    Got it and thanks!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Lorenzo,

    Keep the United States in your prayers! And thanks for your support!

  • Nick van Zee

    Please add my name as well. Thanks.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Nick — done, and you are welcome. Thanks for your support!

  • http://chadisnotenough.blogspot.com Chad Toney

    I will also sign.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Thanks, Chad! Done.

  • Michael Enright

    Please add my name

  • Susan Windley-Daoust

    Please add my name as well.

    Susan Windley-Daoust

  • Lisa Pieson

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you.

  • Lisa Commerford

    Please add my name.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Michael, Susan, Lisa and Lisa: Done, and thanks.

  • Erica Ford

    Well done and nicely written. Please add my name.

  • David Nickol

    Henry,

    Please add my name.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Erica, David: done, and thanks!

  • John Elfering

    Please add my name also.

  • http://crankycon.politicalbear.com paul zummo

    Henry,

    I cross-posted at my blog the other day, but feel free to use my actual name on the letter.

    Thanks again for putting this together.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    John — done, and thanks.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Paul

    You are welcome, but remember, it is a group effort, and the more involved, the better. So thank you!

  • Alena Chovanec

    Please sing me in

  • Paladin

    Please sign me up, as well (Brian T. Coughlin); thanks for your efforts with this!

  • Darren Krakowski

    Thank you for this effort. Please add my name as well.

    Peace,
    Darren Krakowski

  • http://www.catholicpillowfight.com Tony

    Please add my name, Anthony F. Miller, also.

    Thanks,
    -Tony

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Once again, a thank you to everyone who has decided to add their name to the signatures to support this effort. I got all the new additions up (I think). Sorry it took longer than normal; I will probably be slower from now to the end of the week in doing the updates, but I will still do them.

  • Joseph S. Arena

    Please add my name: Joseph S. arena

  • http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com Nicholas J. Hardesty

    Please add my name to the list.

    I also posted this letter on my blog:
    http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2008/11/open-letter-to-president-elect-barack.html

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Joseph and Nicholas: thank you, as well. Got your additions!

  • http://tomsfo1.blogspot.com/ Tom S.F.O.

    Adding one more small voice. Posted to my blog.

  • http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/ Jean

    I posted this on my blog and signed my name to it.

  • Susan Murphy

    Don’t have a blog to cross-post; but would be grateful to have my name added as well. Followed link from Mark Shea, if anyone’s keeping score. :-)

    I’d actually suggest making *sure* Obama sees it – maybe collect sigs until Jan 19th, and then print off a copy and mail it? Maybe that’s not the best way; but it’s a great letter; and he needs to know that Biden and Daschle don’t speak for all of us and that FOCA would be a real problem.

  • Terri Peterson

    Please add my name to your list. Thank you for your work fighting FOCA.

  • http://catholicfather.blogspot.com/ Eric McIntosh

    I cross-posted this at my blog, Catholic Father. Please add my name to the list. Let’s all pray that this is successful!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Thanks once again, I got all the additions put on overnight.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Susan M:

    With the extra signatures, I am indeed considering sending him another copy, with all the updates, in January. I did send three copies already to him, with the initial signatories, based upon various addresses I had. But the hope is to increase attention to this as well, in various ways, so that it will be assured not only Obama, but many other politicians, know of it.

  • Lorenzo Schoepflin

    Dear Henry,

    I will pray for US. Not only prayers. I write for the catholic newspaper “Avvenire” and on November 13th I wrote about FOCA approval and abortion approach in US. Unfortunately I did not know anything about your great letter.

    My article: http://www.parrocchiasacrocuore.arezzo.it/news-dettaglio.php?ID=139
    (download jpg file, in Italian, obviously), in the site of my parish.

    Go on with your battle for life, may God bless you all.

  • Lorenzo Schoepflin

    Oh, and, if I can, I want to sign your letter. But I’m not American, sigh…

  • Mary Dykmann

    Add me please. Well written & thoughtful & I appreciate that you are trying to work together. Just arguing doesn’t accomplish anything.

  • http://gratiasupernaturam.blogspot.com/ Andrew Lang

    This statement has been published at our Catholic philosophy and Theology blog

    http://gratiasupernaturam.blogspot.com/

    Thank you, Andrew Lang

  • http://feminaprovita.blogspot.com Claire Gilligan

    How does one sign one’s name to this letter? It is well-written indeed!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Mary and Claire:

    I just added your names here. I sent in a copy of the letter with the original signatures, but, rest assured, people adding their name will be made known. I am trying to figure out the best way to do so; it will probably mean, among other things, an updated version of the letter being sent to Obama, but that is not all I hope to do.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Andrew thanks, I just added your link!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Lorenzo,

    I understand the desire, but I am trying to keep it with those in America, for obvious reasons. But there could be something more to do in the future, which might not have to be merely American-centered.

    Thanks for all your kind words!

  • Kathrin Deady R.N.

    Please add my name to the list. I agree we need to continue to think positively, and your doing a wonderful thing. The Constitution is based on the Bill of Rights, and the 1st part says that an American citizen has the Right to LIFE, then liberty, and then the pursuit of happiness. So, first, came LIFE. Let us continue to support those who cannot defend themselves. Thank you for all your efforts.

  • Maureen Boylan

    We are all praying for a miracle here! Please add my name to the list.

  • Pam Brill

    A very well written letter–please add my name and my husband’s as well.
    Pamela Brill
    David J. Brill

  • http://aeternaveritas.blogspot.com/ Adolfo Muniz O.P.

    I support it and I have cross posted it my blog http://aeternaveritas.blogspot.com/

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Kathrin, Maureen, Pam, David and Adolfo:

    Thank you!

  • rev james a bucaria

    add my name please

  • http://www.hancaquam.blogspot.com PNP, OP

    Please add my signature to the letter:

    Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP

    God bless, Fr. Philip

  • http://www.catholic-clergy.org Fr John Trigilio

    added to our website

    http://www.catholic-clergy.org

    great work

    Fr John Trigilio, Jr
    President
    CCC

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Rev. James and Fr. Philip, thanks, added!

    Fr. John, thanks once again – got it now!

  • Margaret Meier

    Please sign my name to this letter. Thank you and God bless!

  • Margaret Meier

    Please add my name to the list! Thank you and God bless!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Margaret

    Done, and thank you!

  • Tyler Smedley

    Please add my name to the list, thanks.

  • Joann Shannon

    Thanks for all you are doing–please add my name.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Tyler and Joann

    Done, and thanks.

  • Barbara Goodier

    Thank you! I am with you in prayer and fasting. Please add my name to the petition.

  • http://gaudeteindominosemper.blogspot.com/ Brian Mood

    Please add me to the letter signatures. God Bless and keep up the good work!

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Barbara and Brian:

    Done, and thank you!

  • Jo Anne M

    Thank you.

  • Allison Wajert

    Thank you. Please add my name.

  • http://www.ourladyofamerica.org Kevin McCarthy

    PRAY TO STOP LEGALIZED ABORTION
    AND TO FOSTER THE VIRTUE OF PURITY
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    PRAYER VIGIL TO STOP
    FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT

    &

    FOR RELATED INTENTIONS

    Will you not wait and watch with Jesus,
    and pray for America? [Matt. 26: 38-40]

    2nd Eucharistic Vigil for America: During Thanksgiving,

    pray before The Most Blessed Sacrament

    From 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th

    (Eve of Thanksgiving Day)
    until 12:00 p.m. (Midnight), Thursday, November 27th

    (Thanksgiving Day)

    Read more at: [ ______________________ ]

    _________________________________________________________________________________

    Please arrange to make at least one Holy Hour or even a longer vigil (3-9 hours) before Our Lord Jesus Truly Present in The Most Blessed Sacrament sometime between Wednesday Evening and Thursday Midnight, praying:

    `

    For the end to all legalized abortion, and to stop any new pro-abortion or pro-infanticide laws, including defeat of the FOCA (“Freedom of Choice Act”);
    For an ethical economic recovery in the United States of America and throughout the world
    (See: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Market Economy and Ethics)[http://www.acton.org/publications/occasionalpapers/publicat_occasionalpapers_ratzinger.php?view=print)];

    For the United States Catholic Bishops to process solemnly and to install into the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington the statue of Our Lady of America with the Lily of Purity extended from Her right hand for the protection of America ; and,
    For His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, His health, sanctity and longevity.

    Make a Vigil before The Most Blessed Sacrament:

    By going to an existing perpetual eucharistic adoration chapel;
    By asking your local bishop or pastor to have a special period of Exposition of The Most Blessed Sacrament for this purpose, preferably through the night; or,
    By going to any Catholic Church before The Blessed Sacrament reposed in The Tabernacle and remaining for one (1) to three (3) hours praying for your own intentions and those listed above sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, at Midnight.

    Adult men, in particular, are called to this Vigil, even through the night, remaining for at least for one (1) to four (4) hours during the nocturnal period from late Wednesday to early Thursday, Thanksgiving Day [and, if possible, for an efficacious novena of nine (9) hours sometime between 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day]. During Thanksgiving Day, please consider “fasting” from just one TV football game, and use that time to take the family to Church and make a Holy Hour praying in thanksgiving before The Most Blessed Sacrament to The Most Holy Trinity. Remember “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving”. For those who cannot go to Church, gather together at home and pray The Rosary in thanksgiving for the gifts granted to the United States of America, and for the above intentions.

  • John Sunderland

    Dont be such a namby pamby here! Good will must be more than reitterated, but expressed less concilliary here sir! Waking up the world… from Washington to a refugee camp in Africa or anyone Else for that matter is paramount. Imploring God to do all while getting nowhere with the people under the veil of darkness is ludicrous.

  • William Collier

    Please add my name to the open letter. Thanks.

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  • Geanie Smith

    Please add my name to the list. We must all work hard to save our unborn children. Thank you for your efforts.

  • http://www.st-katharinedrexel.org/ Gabriel Pulido

    I would like to extend this invitation to both parties at the Congress, that only discuss the topic every four years. I exhort also the fathers of 30% of children that are born out of the wedlock in The States, to be responsible in taking care of their own children.
    Thanks in advance for adding my name to the list.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    William, Geanie, and Gabriel: done.

  • digbydolben

    I am posting your letter in my blog at livejournal.com

  • digbydolben

    Oh, and obviously you need my real name for your petition: it is Robert Bruce Lewis.

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Digby: Thanks, got your name put up, and will more more directly to your blog post when I know where exactly it is on livejournal.

  • digbydolben

    I am “publius_aelius” (as a “user name” at livejournal.com, but it’s “friends only.”

  • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

    Digby: ok, I think I got it then.

    And I just added the Washington Times article which mentioned the letter.

  • http://catholicpoliticalblog.blogspot.com John Haydukovich

    I have added the Open Letter to Obama in my blog

    http://catholicpoliticalblog.blogspot.com/

    thank you for allowing it’s transmission!

  • Daniel B. Sarell

    I would like to be added as a co-signer of this letter.

  • Debbie Britain RN

    Please add my name to the list.
    Well done. Thanks.

  • Magella

    Henry, is it too late to add my name?
    Do I have to be an American to sign it?

    • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

      Magella,

      Since the letter says “As American Catholics,” it’s meant to be for Americans (since they are people who are potential voters, and people who are immediately affected by Obama’s presidency).

  • http://www.catholicanew.com/ Mary

    Thanks for your good letter. I’ve posted the it in the “Contact Your Elected Officials” area of my site at http://www.catholicanew.com/abortion-action-gov-pt-foca-karlson-20081114.htm

    From there people can see how they can participate in your letter and also use its points to formulate their own letter to President-elect Obama, their Congressional delegates, and the sponsors of FOCA.

  • Frances E. Sheehan

    Please add my name to this letter.

  • Denise Thomas

    Please add my name to the list to defeat FOCA.