Where do you get the idea that conservatives are not interested in helping the poor.
My father and sister are voluteer physicians at at inner city free clinic run by a Catholic parish. Guess what, the staff there voted for Bush.
I teach computer skills to laid off people as part of a program by the Archdiocese of Detroit. Guess what, the staff there all voted for Bush.
Well 2 reasons,
First was abortion. As John Paul said, the Right to Life is the corner stone of every other Right. Without the right to Life, there can be no “Universal Health Care”, because it can’t be Universal while, at the same time, saying it doesn’t apply to a particular group of people (the unborn)
The same goes for food, clothing and shelter. You can’t say that everyone has a right to that, while at the same time saying everyone doesn’t have a right to live long enough to be clothed or fed.
The second reason is most of us have seen first hand the disastorous effect Government run programs have had the poor. A person is more than a body. They are body and soul. You can’t care for one without the other. You can’t preach to someone while denying them food and you CAN’T feed someone while denying them the Word of God.
My father and sister tell me horror stories about the prostitutes they’ve treated. The City Hosptial will gladly fill them up with birth control and anti-botics, but not teach them the value of themselves, how much God loves them, and how worthwhile they are in God’s eyes.
The City treats the person and lets the soul die. Is that what God wants?! Is that what Christ preached??
I see the same thing with the people I instruct. The State gives them a welfare check, but it doesn’t give them a life.
Most Catholic Conservatives, myself included, believe wholeheartily that the hungry should be fed, and the naked clothed. Christ Himself commanded us.
He did NOT command us to push that responsibility onto others to do for us, especially a government that cannot spread his Gospel that is so necessary for the salvation of their souls. And their soul is what God really and truely wants.
I really and honestly cannot see why someone who believes in God and truely cares for His poor, would put them in the nands of a secular Government instead of in the hands of his Church.
Who would NOT want to see an end to abortion, because only in it’s end can we have real Social Justice.
Who would not want to see more Faith Based Charity, because it’s only through Faith and God’s Grace that many of the problems the indigent have can be overcome.
I’m conservative BECAUSE I Care!!!