Voting with an Informed Conscience 10

There are just 8 Mondays left (including this one) before the general election on November 6.

Our right to vote comes with a responsibility. Elections have consequences and the voters are the ones who own the consequences.

If it is important to inform ourselves on the issues before voting, it is even more important to form our consciences. In order to form our consciences, first, we have to inform our consciences. For instance, how would you answer the following questions?

  • What are the current non-negotiable issues at play, i.e., positions and policies that a Catholic politician or voter can never tolerate because they involve matters that are intrinsically evil? Can you name 5?
  • What constitutes an intrinsically evil action that should never be tolerated under any circumstance, let alone be proposed or voted in as public policy in the United States?
  • What are the ways in which a voter of politician could participate in an intrinsically evil action either directly or indirectly?
  • What are the moral consequences for tolerating moral evil by not opposing it?
  • Where can I quickly find out the answers to these and other important questions before I cast my vote on November 6?

At Catholic.com, you can find plenty of good resources, pamphlets, DVD’s, and bulk flyers at affordable prices for those who are serious about informing their decisions and forming their conscience before entering the voting booth. AND many of these resources are available on this page for FREE in PDF format. Here are two samples:

The Archdioces of New York has pr0duced a PDF for download on Forming Your Conscience for Voting.

One of the things I particularly like about these documents is how they frequently reference the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other documents from the CDF, so if anyone reading them has further questions, the the answers are just a couple of clicks away with a mouse button (or a trip to the library or bookstore to pick up a copy of the Catechism — every bookshelf needs one).

With just over 7 weeks before the election, now is a good time to get informed before you vote. Start by informing your conscience.

10 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Because our political choices are ethical choices, we cannot separate our politics from our religious beliefs. Thus, Catholics and other Christians have always drawn lines based upon Biblical principles before the dreams of ambitious politicians.

    Note that these are not lines we dare our leaders to cross. Instead, these are lines we dare not cross. When our leaders demand that we participate in that which we know to be sinful, we have only one option. We must dig in our heels. We must refuse, and we must oppose them.

    • “Note that these are not lines we dare our leaders to cross. Instead, these are lines we dare not cross.” All very well stated, Citizen Tom. Thanks for the reblog!

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