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Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Temptations and voting

By Don Clemmer | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nowhere do the issues of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. bishops’ call to political responsibility, get more delicate than when the document tackles questions of voting. In the document, the bishops describe at length a Catholic moral framework that encompasses their priority issues for […]


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Poverty and helping people to flourish

By Don Clemmer | US Conference of Catholic Bishops The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them,” Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel. This would, at face value, seem like a fairly open-ended statement. But it gets a pretty heavy degree of specificity from the U.S. […]


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Defending marriage is a matter of justice

By Bethany Meola | US Conference of Catholic Bishops Marriage is clearly a big deal for Catholics. Even many non-Catholics know that, for instance, the Catholic Church doesn’t recognize divorce and that being married in the church is important to Catholics. Delving into Catholic teaching, Scripture is filled with references to marriage, and the church […]


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Religious freedom and ugly assumptions

By Don Clemmer | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Religious freedom is the odd duck among the issues. In Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops hold up six areas of concern for voting Catholics to weigh while forming their consciences, including abortion and other threats to human life, a broken immigration system, efforts to […]


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Human life and dignity

by Don ClemmerU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops A funny thing happened on the way to Mexico. As John Allen reported, while speaking to the media aboard the papal plane at the start of his visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI had some strong words for certain Catholics: “Personally, in the individual square, they’re Catholics, believers,” […]


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: The question of conscience

By Don Clemmer U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “We don’t tell them who to vote for. We don’t want to tell them who to vote for!” That’s what one Midwestern bishop said following the USCCB’s November 2007 meeting in Baltimore, where the bishops had overwhelmingly approved the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship on political […]


Introducing ‘Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.’

By Don Clemmer  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops When uttered aloud, the gut-level revulsion is clearly audible in that question. It’s a fair question, one that comes up frequently. It’s grounded in history. People ask, “Didn’t the Church get burned time and again through the centuries when it got too cozy with various medieval kings […]


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