Election Season seems to get longer and longer, Tuesday, November 3 is finally Election Day!! While there is no political party which adheres to or supports Catholic Morals and Teachings fully, we are still called to participate in voting for our elected officials. As it was in 2016, so it is still now difficult to discern who to vote for. The Church does not endorse political candidates or parties. So the Church points to some issues to be considered when voting. Almost all of them revolve around the dignity of human life. When we look at life as from conception to natural death, how does a candidate’s known views stack up against Catholic teaching? That can be a helpful barometer of how comfortable we can be when electing our officials. While most might just think of abortion as the overarching concern for the Church, it is much more than that! How does a candidate view education, health care, immigration, care for the poor, employment, social services, religious liberty, and the justice system, including capital punishment? These can be helpful in discerning who to vote for. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have put together a new introductory letter and document on Faithful Citizenship, it can be found at: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship.pdf
Before and after we vote, we should pray for our country, state, and town that leaders will be elected to help us towards growing in love, peace and unity.
For now, we continue our walk with the Lord.