Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Voting: Your Duty & Your Right

“Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Important websites:

http://votesmart.org/   Click on the Vote Easy tab in the middle to see where candidates stand in comparison to you.

USCCB – Catholics Care/ Catholics Vote   -Read  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (en Español), which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.

It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person (CCC#1913).

There is no doubt that this presidential election year is a tough one.  Unfortunately, there is not a single stellar candidate.  Both candidates for President have moral flaws.  Thus, the question arises, which candidate can I in good conscience vote for?  I suggest you do the following:

 

1. Pray.

2. Be informed.  Visit the websites I have listed at the top of this page.

3. Vote. It is true – your vote matters. Yes, it may be painful to have to vote for a candidate that you normally would not vote for.  However, some of the key issues to focus on – as a Christian, as a Catholic – are faith, family, life…

Now more than ever, we are in need of the Holy Spirit & the gift of  Counsel: The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.” (Catholic Encyclopedia)

“You are the salt of the earth. . . You are the light of the world. . . your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5: 13, 14, 16).

 

 

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018