Catholics Care. Catholics Vote: Temptations and voting
Written by Staff Reports | The Catholic Miscellany Monday, 05 November 2012 09:07
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 2012 — abortion and threats to human life and dignity, religious freedom concerns, efforts to redefine marriage, immigration reform, international peace, domestic poverty, and unemployment and the economic crisis.
They describe the nature of these issues and why each is a concern for the church, essentially why Catholics should care about them.
But then comes the inevitable question: how should Catholics put the pieces together when they vote? On this question, it’s best to let the document speak for itself: “The consistent ethic of life provides a moral framework for principled Catholic engagement in political life and, rightly understood, neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues.”