On June 24, 2016, I gave this speech on Faithful Citizenship at the Ruah Woods Conference Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. I followed Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life. I shared my experiences in the Catholic outreach efforts of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, as well as subsequent efforts on behalf of pro-life politicians. In the second half of the speech, I listed ten obstacles that the Church often places in the way of laypersons who want to participate in politics on behalf of defending life.
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Thank you Deal. I know it can’t be easy to feel like you keep hitting your head against a brick wall. After working to get our parish and our diocese to follow Church teaching, I was told by a priest that I should run for political office instead. So I did and I am now a Kansas State Senator – Mary Pilcher-Cook. The Kansas City Kansas diocese is doing better than it was fifteen years ago, but there is still so much acquiescence on the foundational issues of life and marriage.
I sincerely appreciate your efforts.
Thank you, Mary, and I know Kansas will profit greatly from you being in elected office. It’s a tough place to service but I’m sure many appreciate your doing it, as I do. All the best, Deal
“tough place to serve,” sorry….