Election Day this is Tuesday and I pray that you will be “Faithful Citizens” and vote for the candidates that best reflect the moral and ethical convictions of our faith as Roman Catholics.
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. Below are the seven key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
3. Rights and Responsibilities
4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
7. Care for God’s Creation
For an explanation of these seven themes I refer you to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops web site: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings /what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/ seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm
I realize the vast majority of you have already made you decision which candidates you will be voting for on Tuesday. For those who are still unsure I hope these seven key themes of Catholic social tradition will help you make your final decision.
Obviously there is no perfect candidate that passes the litmus test on every Church teaching. Over the last few months people have told me exactly who they are voting for and I also have had people ask me who they should vote for so they stay true to Church teachings. Unfortunately, despite my love for politics, I cannot express my opinion because I do not want to be accused of playing partisan politics. I can say and encourage you to vote your conscience and be a faithful citizen……Happy Voting Day!!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,