From the Pastoral Team
From our Associate Pastor
This Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. As citizens, we must exercise our right to vote. As Pope Francis says, “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”
In order to exercise our rights and duties as citizens in light of our Catholic faith, the Bishops of the United States have issued a guide called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” (https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship.pdf). I urge you to take some time to read and reflect on this document.
Catholic voters should use Catholic teaching to examine candidates’ positions on issues and should consider candidates’ integrity, philosophy, and performance. It is important for all citizens “to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest”.
The following four themes of Catholic social teaching are presented for special consideration: Human rights are protected and basic responsibilities are met: right to life, right to religious freedom, right to have access to those things required for human decency—food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing. Respect the dignity of work and protect the rights of workers. Care for God’s creation. Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable: how we treat the weakest among us—the unborn, those dealing with disabilities or terminal illness, the poor, and the marginalized.
In light of Catholic teaching, the bishops vigorously repeat their call for renewed politics that focuses on moral principles, the promotion of human life and dignity, and the pursuit of the common good. Political participation in this spirit reflects not only the social teaching of our Church but the best traditions of our nation.
Peace, Fr. Sam Nasada, OFM
Mission San Luis Rey Parish
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