Faithful Catholic Politicians Need Our Prayers and Support

Faithful Catholic Politicians Need Our Prayers and Support November 6, 2015

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Kelly Minars
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Kelly Minars

Kimberly Hahn, wife of prolific Catholic apologist Scott Hahn, got herself elected to an at large position on the Steubenville city council this week.

We need strong Christians in public office, as well as every other endeavor. I wrote a post about Mrs Hahn’s victory and what it means to get elected office for the National Catholic Register. 

Here’s part of what I said:

America reinvents itself every election. What’s so great about this, is that ordinary people like you and me are part of this process of reinventing.

We can vote, make phone calls, donate money, canvass neighborhoods, talk to our friends and otherwise participate in the electoral process by which Americans chose who will wield the powers of government. If we decide later that we made a mistake, there’s always another election to rectify that.

Perhaps the most important way that Americans can participate in the electoral process is to step forward and place their names on the ballot. Filing for office is the first step. What comes afterwards is usually a marathon.

The winner suddenly finds themselves with a lot of new best friends and a boatload of responsibilities, the complexity of which will daunt and overwhelm them at first. The loser ends with nothing but memories.

As we say here in Okieland, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. When it comes to elections, the winner takes all and no apologies.

Two people just learned that hard fact in Steubenville, Ohio. Kimberley Hahn, who is a prominent Catholic author, as well as the wife of the even more prominent Catholic writer Scott Hahn, won an election yesterday. She is the newly-minted member at large of the local city council.

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12 responses to “Faithful Catholic Politicians Need Our Prayers and Support”

  1. Mrs. Hahn was also a pastor’s wife before they became Catholics, so she’s been under the microscope before. I do trust you sent her a nice note of congratulations, or condolences. 😉

  2. I disagree that what is needed is strong Christians in public office. What we need in public office are people who can serve the public as well as possible. People whose spirituality is stuck in the middle ages are probably the least well qualified.

  3. This is true. I’ve been trying to pray for Jeb Bush, since I understand he’s quite a faithful Catholic. Unfortunately he’s fallen in the polls and I’ve begun to accept he’s not going to make it. The other viable Catholic is Rubio, but I’m not convinced yet he’s got the experience to be president. We shall see.

  4. We need people with a moral foundation as our society, government and system only work when people in general voluntarily obey the law. That makes faithful Christians and Jews the most appropriate elected officials. Profligate people who do not care about social and marital vows, people who lie when the truth is just as easy and there is no critical national security interest, abusers and pedophiles may not be the best people to elect.

  5. IMO, whether a politician follows a particular religion or not doesn’t make any difference in their ability to represent the folks who elect them.

  6. So, you are saying non-Christians and non-Jews are not moral and that there should be a religious test for holding office? With atheists making up less than 1% of the prison population I would disagree that Christians and Jews are the only moral people that obey the law.

  7. If I wanted to be snotty, I would say, “So, you don’t read well, do you?”
    That is not what I said.
    We need people with a moral foundation in office because our society and government only work if people voluntarily follow the law.

  8. I respectfully disagree. It is entirely possible to make decisions without a background of a faith. I know many very, very good folks who are just as loving and giving and also mature decision makers who do not happen to be religious.