It’s Not Over, by Michael Pakaluk

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*Image: William “Boss” Tweed stands threateningly next to a glass ballot box by Thomas Nast, 1871. The intensely anti-Catholic cartoonist (baptized at birth the Catholic Church in 1840) was also against lots of other things.

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 10, 2020

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America.  …


Michael PakalukMy goal here is to say some words to readers who are disturbed by the election, but to do so starting from non-partisan, Catholic premises solely.  I want what I say to be embraceable by all Catholics with sound criteria.

As regards the election:  It is important for all of us to give at least minimal acknowledgment of the fact that, legally, it is not over. I am insisting on this, not as a matter of wishful thinking or, worse, resentment, but from a concern over mere citizenship.

The election ends, when Congress in joint session counts the electoral votes and declares the results, on January 6, 2021.  That is the law.  Prior to this, there are two important deadlines, December 14th, when the state electors vote, and December 8th, the so-called “Safe Harbor” deadline, after which, if states follow procedures for contested elections, the vote tabulations can no longer be contested. …

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