At this time of the year, when the election campaigns are gearing up, political bumper strips start appearing on cars. You'll notice these at Mass. Unfortunately, due to the abysmal catechesis that many Catholics received, you'll probably notice bumper strips for Obama (or other unworthy candidates) in your parking lot. If you live in a liberal area (as do I) these strips will be showing up like kudzu. What to do?
A few years ago, I developed a tool - Wisdom on Windshields. It is an educational flyer that can be placed on the car of your obviously oblivious fellow Catholic. It's particularly helpful if you are rushing into Mass and/or not see the car owner. No problem! Just deposit a Wisdom on Windshields flyer under the wiper or in the car door (make sure it can't blow away). You can download it here and have it handy on your own computer. Print it out and always carry a supply with you to Church, as you'll never know when an opportunity will arise to educate an ignorant fellow Catholic. Those of you in other areas of the country should feel free to copy the language to your own letterhead, if that will be more helpful to your local situation.
As I said, though, it is that season again. I had occasion, both yesterday and last weekend, to deposit a flyer on cars with Obama strips in church parking lots. Please download this flyer (or prepare your own) to help out your fellow Catholics - and always carry a few with you when you go to Church.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Election Time Means Wisdom On Windshields Time
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Great idea. I'm puzzled that so many of my fellow Catholics can overlook their favored candidates' ferocious insistence on behavior that it explicitly prohibited in our Faith. How can they go to Mass, hear the priest's strong homily, and yet be so stubbornly, pridefully determined that they know better than the Holy Father, the Magesterium, and even the Holy Scriptures?ReplyDelete
Andrea, many of our fellow Catholics aren't hearing strong homilies; in fact they may be hearing quite the opposite (I shudder to think what goes on at Holy Trinity just south of Georgetown). That's one of the problems - lousy catechesis.Delete
be sure, though, to have the pastor's permission before distributing any literature on Church property. Our pastor published a letter in the bulletin several months ago from the CDF in Rome saying that all literature on Catholic property must be approved by the bishop or the local pastor.ReplyDelete
There is this problem of the church's "501c3" status. They feel that they can't give permission for material that is oriented for or against particular candidates (Never mind that Father Pfleger can go into Jeremiah Wright's church and do all the campaigning he wants). Of course Wisdom On Windshields does advocate against candidates. The language at the bottom is meant to hold the pastor harmless should someone get in a snit. Besides - I don't know if this can be considered a massive literature distribution, as all I advocate here is a flyer left on a specific car or two.Delete
Of course if parish life was as Andrea described above, none of this would be necessary.