Volume 1, Part 10

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Faithful citizenship is the affirmation of authentic Catholic moral and social teaching - opposing “evil” and doing “good” always and everywhere! It is about looking upon “politics” through the lens of faith. With regard to “partisan politics” or “elections,” a Catholic always must be “Catholic first!”

Elected officials have profound influence on matters of great importance. And, a candidate who agrees with the Church on every important moral and social issue may be a rarity. So what are Catholics to do?

Not every moral issue is of equal moral gravity! Most fundamentally, there is no proportion – there is no moral equivalence – between the “right to life” and “quality of life” issues. As Pope John Paul II explained, “…the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of…rights - for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture - is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other rights, is not defended…

As Catholics, we are not single-issue voters…Yet, a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil…may…disqualify a candidate…A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a positive position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion…In such a case, a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil (Faithful Citizenship).” The PA Pro-Life Federation and the PA Conference of Catholic bishops issue accurate, thorough and substantial voter guides on the positions of candidates on such grave moral issues.

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///>< [First Published October 31, 2010]

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