Catholics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tomorrow should awaken from the dream induced by the Camelot legacy of Edward Kennedy and vote for a candidate that respects Catholic teachings and principles. The legacy of the Kennedy era is well documented by political pundits, historians and liberal interest groups that kept the minimally Catholic Kennedy in office. However the current race for the vacant seat offers Catholic voters an opportunity to replace liberal democratic ideals with ideals of the Republican Party, keeping more in touch with Catholic moral, social and ethical teachings.

The Democratic candidate Martha Coakley illustrated her disdain of Catholic teachings on contraception and birth control when recently interviewed by a local Boston radio station:

When asked by a Massachusetts radio host about the civil rights of hospital workers who would refuse to administer contraception or abortion inducing drugs, Martha Coakley said:

“You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”

CatholicVoteAction .org is the source of this quote.

If Attorney General Coakley considers the beliefs of Catholic medical health professionals as something that should exclude them from practicing medicine in harmony with their Catholic beliefs…then the ballot box is the first logical place to exercise the Catholic conscience of Catholic action.

There should be no place in American government for someone that openly discriminates against the moral and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church by excluding them from their professional obligations. This same type of anti-Catholic sentiments was pervasive during the entire period of the late Senator Kennedy’s multidecades terms. Senator Kennedy did not represent the ProLife stance of Catholicism, but rather the ProChoice agenda of liberal politicians on the Democratic ticket. Seemingly, the incumbent Attorney General of the State of Massachusetts has an anti-Catholic stance in her views that are obviously contradictory to our ProLife Catholic teachings.

The emergency room of is not the place to discriminate against Catholic physicians and nurses that provide exceptional care and service to their patients. Their constitutional right of religious freedom should not be part of their career choices and obligations. Most importantly, their Catholic values should never exclude them from publicly funded institutions simply because they are opposed to ProChoice rhetoric and liberally supported activities that diminish and destroy the true value of human life.

Obviously, another liberal Democrat is hoping to secure the Senate seat in Massachusetts at the expense of Catholics that are fervent in their moral and ethical beliefs. The political attitude of American Catholics clearly supports candidates that are ProLife and not a continued dynasty of Senator Kennedy’s self imposed legacy that was not supportive of Catholic beliefs and values.

The fact that Senator Kennedy was a baptized Catholic does not mean he integrated his Catholic beliefs into the everyday activities of his personal and political career. Catholics have the chance in this election to elect a senatorial representative that respects the dignity of all human life and not just the political opportunism of a liberal Democratic platform of diminished human rights and morality.

Clearly the election in Massachusetts is indicative of the fact there is no room for a candidate that discriminates against American Catholics. Additionally, there is no room in our Catholic Church for pseudo-Catholic politicians that are only Catholic when it is politically convenient for their tickets platform and agenda.

Vote for Prolife candidates in Massachusetts, and dispel the myth of a Catholic Senator Kennedy who failed to integrate his Catholicism into his everyday life and politics as a holistic lifestyle of a United States Senator that happened to be a Catholic.

Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at & . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin, Catholic Exchange,, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal and Wilmington Examiner. Comments are always welcome at

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