Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tuesday is Election Day, which is always an important event in our country. Unfortunately, the political course leading up to elections is often clouded by negative advertisements filled with half-truths, and character assassinations of opponents. This is regrettable because it has often stifled needed debate and discourse about policies and positions of candidates and parties that will eventually effect all of us. We can be tempted to opt out of the whole mess. However, we all know that it is a broken world that we live in, full of sinners, even in our Church and among our clergy. The murder of innocent people at the Living Word Synagogue in Pittsburgh last week is another reminder to us of the evil in the world. But this is why we must strive to make our world better and participate in the public forum. Voting in elections is always a necessary way to do this. We have been promoting in the bulletin the USCCB’s guide for voting, called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. You can refer to it online at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/ faithful-citizenship. This is a valuable resource for forming one’s conscience for the voting booth. It lists many challenges that face our country today that we should factor when making a decision for a candidate or issue: the ongoing destruction of a million innocent human lives each year by abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the redefinition of marriage, the excessive consumption of material goods and the destruction of natural resources, economic policies that fail to prioritize the needs of poor people, at home and abroad, a broken immigration system and wars, terror, and violence that threaten every aspect of human life and dignity. There are also local and state issues that affect our lives. The Ohio Catholic Conference also has a website that can help you understand the issues and how to apply our Catholic teaching: www.ohiocathconf.org/category/ election-issues. Let us pray for wisdom for all voters and may God guide our choices.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem