Faithful Citizenship

At various times, in parishes, dioceses and universities, seminars and presentations are held on “Faithful Citizenship,” that is, the Church’s teachings on our responsibilities as citizens and voters. While it is necessary that we have teaching on this point, it is unfortunate that a common pattern is that these presentations become slanted in one way or another to partisan politics. It’s not that the presenter says, “Vote Republican” or “Vote Democrat.” It’s that they will emphasize one part of the Church’s message to the neglect of the other. For instance, one point often omitted is that the Pope and bishops have said often that the right to life is the most important issue in any election, and this is not only Church teaching – it’s common sense. After all, if we don’t have life, we don’t have anything.

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