Catholic Action Report – Faith and Morality
In voting Catholics do not have to pay attention to a person’s religious doctrine. We do have to pay attention to a person’s moral doctrine. I would certainly rather vote for a Jewish person who was moral than a supposed “Christian” who was blatantly pushing an immoral agenda. I’d rather vote for an atheist who was charitable and respected life than a so-called “Catholic” who was a drug dealer or violent gang member, criminal or who was causing scandal to the Church.
Reciting the proper creed is not essential to holding public office. Living with a moral life philosophy is. So as we enter the final days before our national and even local elections we must ask ourselves to look at the issues and candidates with eyes of faith.
We must remember:
- We are a pro-life people. This means we are against abortion, euthanasia, war, the death penalty and leaving the sick and injured without treatment.
- We are a Sacramental people. We believe in the presence of Christ in all who believe in Him and that He calls us to a life of Holiness, withdrawing from the values of the world and seeking the Kingdom of God.
- We are a people of compassion. We have real concern for the poor, the infirm, the elderly and all who are powerless. This concern does not stop at our city, state or even national borders.
- We are a people who stand for righteousness. We will not participate in evil or things that go against natural law. We will not condone or participate in things which are contrary to Church teaching
- We are a people who live our Christianity. We must learn our faith more deeply each day (all of us, including Priests, Bishops and the Pope continue to learn). We must practice our faith in all things, not just in Church or when feeling “religious” or about “religious topics”. We must proclaim our faith publicly, not restricted in any way, even by our own reluctance to challenge those around us to the moral teaching of Christ in His Church
Voting is our responsibility. Voting according to our informed conscience and moral principles is part of our call to live Christ’s life in everything
The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life. If we want peace, let us defend life! This approach leads us to reject not only war and terrorism, but every assault on innocent human life, on men and women as creatures willed by God. Benedict XVI