Diocese of Trenton
Office of the Bishop
I hereby direct that the attached letter be read at all Masses scheduled
for the weekend of November 4/5, 2000 in all parishes and missions of the
Diocese of Trenton. Legal Counsel cautions that this letter should be read
without additional comments.
Thank you for your implementation of this directive.
November 3, 2000
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On this weekend prior to our national election, I encourage you to exercise
your right to vote on Tuesday. Election 2000 is critically important and will
shape our national life for decades to come.
There is a multitude of serious issues facing voters this year as described
in the U.S. Bishops' document entitled Faithful Citizenship. However,
following the teaching of Pope John Paul's 1995 encyclical The Gospel of Life,
rising above other issues is our moral responsibility to respect and sustain
human life from conception to natural death.
In this context, we know that support and promotion of abortion is always
wrong and can never be justified. Opposition to abortion must be a priority for
Catholics who support the Church's teaching about the sacredness of life.
As you cast your ballot on Election Day, you will make your own decisions
about your choices and that is as it should be. I pray that your decisions will
take into consideration the teachings of the Church on all life issues. Here is
an opportunity to stand up and be counted in support of life.
With prayers for our nation's future and its elected leaders, I am
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John M. Smith
Bishop of Trenton