Bishop Olmsted's Booklet - clarity at lastFor Pro-life Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix, Saturday October 7, 2006 was a wonderful day. After morning mass at St. Mary's Basilica, the DCCW, Knights of Columbus and Catholics United for the Faith sponsored a legislative seminar and unveiled the release of "Catholics in the Public Square, " a booklet written by Bishop Thomas Olmsted outlining the way to properly form one's conscience in order to act consistently with the Faith in the public square and in the world of politics.
Public reaction was interesting. Some media outlets chose to ignore it. But for the 400 people who attended the morning event at the Diocese of Phoenix, the excitement and the appreciation for the bishop to have taken the time to write this booklet was demonstrable.
Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference was largely responsible for the effort to print 100,000 copies in order to freely distribute the booklet to Catholics throughout the state. He was responsible for the ACC voter guide as to candidates' positions on important Catholic issues. This guide will assist voters in the upcoming General Election on November 7, 2006.
It should be noted that none of the Democratic candidates for the statewide or congressional posts even bothered to respond to the ACC request. The ACC represents the three Catholic dioceses. This failure by the current governor and Attorney general show a complete lack of respect for the Catholic vote in Arizona. These politicians apparently do not care about the Catholic vote. Perhaps they think they have it and do not need to answer surveys which ask their position on issues concerning Catholics. If they do not care about the Catholic vote, then Catholics ought to respond in kind.
Any person wanting a copy should contact the diocese or any local Catholic parish