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An Outside Angle View Of The Gubernatorial Campaign

Often we can gain a perspective of something by taking a look at it from that of someone else's non-interested or, at least, limited-angle perspective. Michael Voris offers us that today in his daily video commentary, "The Vortex," about Virginia's gubernatorial candidates. Voris lives in Michigan and his interest here has nothing to do with campaigns, but rather a case study in how candidates who profess faith actually live up to what they say they believe.

A traditional Catholic, Voris draws the stark contrast between how Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe, both of whom are Catholic, practice their faith and how they realize it in the public square. (Along the way, he skewers some prominent, national liberal Catholic politicians for their distorted public practice of the Faith.) To some degree, the same contrast Voris draws between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe can be made between current Governor Bob McDonnell and his predecessor, Tim Kaine, both of whom also are Catholic.

What's interesting is that, even for non-Catholics who may view some of this as intramural squabbling, from the parameters of one aspect of their lives — granted, a significant one at that — parallels to their public policy objectives and even their deportment and manner  of execution of official duties become clear. In a broader context some would call it their "worldview." But it's more than that. Pun or not, it gets to their souls — one who upholds his faith and one who conveniently bends and breaks it, and if one breaks his faith with God, it's a rather minor step to break faith with mere mortals.

Virginia campaign for governor is being watched around the country — and from many different angles.

PFFV To Host Unique Pastors' Roundtable December 9: Invite Your Pastor!

As The Family Foundation undertook the exciting adventure of forming Pastors For Family Values, we knew that there would be differences among the pastors to whom we reached out. We had high hopes that we could bridge the theological or stylistic differences that separate our Sunday morning practices with unity on pro-family issues.   

More than a year after the formation of this group, our hopes have been greatly exceeded by a God who, as usual, has chosen to do immeasurably more than we asked or imagined. We have seen, on multiple occasions in the same room, white and black, Catholic and Protestant, Baptist and Presbyterian, rural, suburban and urban pastors come together. We have watched as relationships have formed over the common bond of the defense of the unborn and traditional marriage, and much more. We have been overwhelmed as together we have signed legislative petitions, joined in press conferences, broken bread at numerous PFFV luncheons around the commonwealth, taken trips to the nation's capitol and, most importantly, worshipped.  

On Tuesday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m., PFFV presents a unique opportunity to sit down together and hear from Bishop Francis DiLorenzo (Catholic Diocese of Richmond), Pastor Mark Becton (pastor of a Richmond-area Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia church) and Bishop Gerald Glenn (Chief Servant for Pastors For Family Values). 

These three men may differ on serving the Lord's Supper, lifting hands in worship or how baptism occurs, but they share a common vision that Virginia protects the family, the unborn and the marital bond. Please invite your pastor to come hear each of them speak and stay for a question and answer period. This is a free event but, due to limited seating, does require a RSVP. Please call 804-343-0010 and reserve your and your pastor's seat. 

PFFV Pastor Roundtable

Tuesday, December 9

              1:30 - 3:00 p.m.            

The Family Foundation Offices

830 East Main Street, Richmond

  12th Floor Conference Room