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What do you do if the two major candidates for the Office Of President of the United States of America are both for abortion?
As public speaker Jim Rohn would say, ‘Interesting question!’
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) citizens should take part in the political process by voting. Catholics are morally obliged to promote the common good by exercising their voting privileges (CCC #2240).
According to a ‘Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics‘ (published by Catholic Answers at catholic.com):
When all of the candidates endorse morally harmful policies, citizens must vote in a way that will limit the harm likely to be done…
In some political races, each candidate takes a wrong position on one or more issues involving non-negotiable moral principles. In such a case you may vote for the candidate who takes the fewest such positions or who seems least likely to be able to advance immoral legislation, or you may choose to vote for no one.
Or, you can ‘write-in’ the name of a person, who is not on the ballot, that you trust would do the ‘right thing’ if they were elected to a particular public office.
The five non-negotiable issues that are currently facing the Catholic American voter are: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and redefining marriage.
Click here to listen and watch Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. explain how an American Catholic must deal with exercising their voting rights. → Click Here Now!
Oh, and if you ever wondered how the Federal Government’s rule that prevents non-profit organizations from ‘publicly supporting one candidate over another’ you’ll be interested in this explanation:
When I was talking about the issues, I didn’t tell you ‘who to vote for.’
Because: I’m not allowed to.
I can’t tell you: ‘You can’t vote for this one,’ or ‘you must vote for this one.’
Because, there was a law passed in 1954 that had a little addendum put in by Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was then in the Senate. A matter of fact, his nickname was ‘the king of the senate.’
And, in that Addendum he said that no not-for-profit can promote or tell people ‘not to vote’ for any candidate.
The reason he did that, is that back in Stonewall, Texas… and the folks there remember how this was because, there was a group out there who was campaigning strongly against Johnson and he wanted to stop that from happening again so he made that law.
The problem is, that to deal with one group, in a small town in Texas, all of the ministers in the country are muzzled. And, our freedom of speech is muzzled.
And, we need to have that law repealed so that we do have more of our freedom of speech.
- Bishop Felipe Estevez asks First Coast Catholics to vote yes on Amendments 6, 8 (jacksonville.com)
- Novena To The Mother Of God For The Nation Day 6 (credointhecommunionofsaints.wordpress.com)