Friday, October 7, 2016

From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB

With upcoming elections, it is important for us to study all of the issues and see them in the light of the Gospel. The candidates and political parties do not neatly line up according to (or against) our values. Take the time to listen, to study, and to pray before choosing.

From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB):

34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well- formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among
moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, deliberately subjecting workers or the poor to subhuman living conditions, redefining marriage in ways that violate its essential meaning, or racist behavior,if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases,a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter
should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.

37. In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and that the moral obligation to oppose policies promoting intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions. These decisions should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue. In the end, this is a decision to be made by each Catholic guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching.