Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting with a Catholic Conscience

It's election day.

Will you participate in the election process?

You must -- it's your civic duty and your privilege as an American. But, it's also a matter of conscience.

There are many political issues that are of a moral nature. It is important as Catholics to understand that following our conscience means to think with the mind and heart of the Church. This will help us to do God's will and restore order to society.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "[s]ubmission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country." (CCC 2240) With with any moral obligation comes the stipulation that decisions be made with a well formed conscience. "Conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act that he is going to perform, is in the process of performing, or has already completed. In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right." (CCC 1778)

Voters must inform their consciences to be able to discern what is good and true. It is imperative that we respect the dignity of the human person at all stages from conception to natural death. It is not enough to want to feed the hungry if by that choice one is also asked to accept the killing of innocent unborn; not enough to help the sick if one is also asked to accept assisted suicide of the elderly or the terminally ill as legitimate.

One Must Never Choose An Evil Means To Achieve A Good Outcome. This notion must guide our voting decisions. The Lord will provide for all our needs -- the environment, the economy, the health care situation, immigration, etc. If we truly believe this, we will remain in His will, especially when exercising our right to vote.

Below is a pamphlet issued by the USCCB. Please take a moment to scan it before you vote. 

God bless you as you cast your ballot!

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