The following comes from an August 24 Angelus post written by Archbishop Gomez:
I am still trying to get my mind around this year’s election.
People have been asking me: What’s going on in America? I’m not sure I have the answers. But I’ve been praying, reading and thinking a lot about the question. These are some initial reflections.
What strikes me first is that many important issues are not being discussed — beginning with the ongoing daily injustice of abortion, the killing of innocent unborn children, which in recent years is being aggressively promoted as a fundamental “right” that trumps every other right and consideration in our society.
In no particular order, here are some other issues that are on my heart but don’t see being talked about by candidates in any meaningful way:
› Homelessness and joblessness, especially in minority communities; the crisis of affordable housing in our major cities;
› Continued evidence of racial injustice in our society;
› The injustice of the death penalty; the conditions in our prisons and inequities in the ways we define crimes and punish those convicted;
› The growing promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide;
› The denial of rights to farmworkers and other low-income and undocumented workers.
And there are more.
Christians face genocidal persecution in the Middle East and Africa, and there is a dramatic undermining of religious freedom and the rights of conscience going on here in the United States. Where is the discussion in this year’s elections?
Developments in warfare in recent years — the use of drones, how we choose “targets” and define “enemy combatants” — all raise sharp moral issues. Yet no one is discussing these issues, either.
Democracy cannot stand without a proper understanding of the human person.
Government exists to serve the person and to ensure the conditions in which persons can grow and flourish. If we don’t know what a person “is” or what a person is “for,” we risk becoming a society in which men and women are turned into material instruments to be exploited.
It is clear that we need a new politics — a politics of the heart that emphasizes mercy, love and solidarity. The disturbing signs in our public life are all the “fruits” of radical secularism and radical individualism.
Pray for me this week and I will pray for you. And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for our country, and especially for the poor.