- Catholics need to Care!
- Catholics need to Participate!
- Catholics need to Register!
- Catholics need to Form their Conscience!
- Catholics need to Vote!
Yes, Catholic need to be part of the political process of our Country and be at the voting booth (physically or via mail) on Election Day.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. "In the Catholic tradition," they write, "responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation". Visit www.Faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, and access other great resources to help us build a better society and world.
The bishops continue in the document, "We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world". In New York State, the voter registration deadline for the November 3 election is October 9. You can pick up a mail-in voter registration form at the Monroe County Board of Election or onlinevoterreg.dmv.ny.gov/motorvoter. New York State allows early voting from October 24 through November 1, mail-in ballots are allowed for anyone concerned about COVID-19.
Next week we celebrate Respect Life Sunday, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Gospel of Life, worth reading as we continue to grow in our understanding of political engagement. We are reminded of Saint Pope John Paul II’s words that human life finds itself most vulnerable when it enters the world and when it leaves the realm of time to embark upon eternity (Evangelium Vitae, 44). As we challenge our political leaders to support the dignity of human life as we walk with those in need at critical moments of decision-making. Yes, pro-life means opposition to abor-tion and euthanasia, but we need to remind ourselves to expand our focus. We need to follow Catholic Social Teaching which re-quires being fully “pro” on many issues. A list which includes pro-health care of the born and all the living, pro-family, pro-living wages, pro-decent housing for all, pro-peace, pro-poor, pro-equal justice, pro-care for creation, pro- quality education for all, pro-childcare when parents have to work, pro-employment, pro-migrants, pro-refugees, pro-environment, pro-gun safety, pro-responsible driving, pro-life without parole vs. execution, pro-encouraging/enabling the struggling and marginalized, pro-the whole human race which God creates and loves.
Here are some reflection questions for your consideration: What is the connection between our faith and the desire to change the world for the better? What kinds of leaders does our society need? For what should they stand and how should they lead? How can I work with political leaders to end the tragedy of these life issues in my community? How can I walk with anyone faced with issues affecting the quality or existence of their life?
Thank you for your many kind acts of support and encouragement.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,