Catholic Voting Principles – Direction for an Informed Conscience


Although the Church does not specifically endorse candidates for which to vote, we are given moral principles to form our consciences and to guide us in order to comply with the teaching authority of the Church: Candidates and issues should first be evaluated on their opposition to the five moral issues about which there can be no compromise for faithful Catholics: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and homosexual “same-sex marriage.” The Church regards these as intrinsic evils and consideration of them takes highest priority.

Preferred candidates would be those that come closest to the defense of life and family on these issues. Afterwards, candidates can be evaluated regarding their stand on other important issues such as the economy, war, poverty, immigration, education, taxes, etc. Although these issues also have moral elements, they do not carry the same moral weight and priority as the fundamental life issues. Unfortunately, Catholics have often confused second order “social issues” with first order “moral issues.”

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A Letter to Signers of the Manhattan Declaration

A Letter to Signers of the Manhattan Declaration

Thank you for your continuing support of the Manhattan Declaration.

The timing of our movement is providential. We couldn’t have realized when we released the Manhattan Declaration what threats to life and liberty we would soon be facing with the passage of the healthcare bill. At this critical moment for our nation, we give thanks to God that nearly half a million Christians have pledged to stand strong in defense of the most fundamental moral principles of a just and good society. God bless you for making this commitment.

We are reminded by this legislation that we must redouble our efforts. We must equip ourselves to defend winsomely the truth in the public square. The timing of the upgrading of our website is providential as well. We originally released the Manhattan Declaration last fall with a website literally assembled overnight. We realized a couple of months ago that we needed a better facility that could provide more resources to help people to better connect as this movement grows and develops. On the new website you’ll find a wealth of resources that will help you to fight this battle.

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Poll: Notre Dame Erred By Inviting Obama

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Poll: Notre Dame Erred By Inviting Obama

By MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE, The Bulletin
Thursday, May 07, 2009

A recent Rasmussen poll found 52 percent of Americans believe the University of Notre Dame should have followed guidelines set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and not award an honorary degree to President Barack Obama because he has acted in opposition to the Catholic Church’s moral principles.

The national telephone survey found that 25 percent believe the university should issue the degree and 19 percent are not sure.

The guidelines set by the bishops in 2004 said, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

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