Thursday, October 15, 2020

Be A Well-Informed Voting Catholic! A Excellent Blog by Teresa Tomeo

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, and Fellow Americans,

I have gathered the best of the best of the solid Catholic non-partisan resources available on voting, based on the many questions I have received from my radio listeners. I pray these valuable resources will help you to discern God’s will and make informed decisions. Please visit my Voting Resources Page:

TeresaTomeo.com/Voting

Most importantly, I encourage you to pray and fast, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in discernment. I have included several prayers and Novenas to pray for our nation at this critical time in history…Come Holy Spirit!

Know the “Common Good” Criteria

Since the purpose of voting is to foster the common good, the worthiness or unworthiness of a candidate for office is best judged by their relationship to their basic principles of a just social order and their willingness to advance them. (e.g. to protect all human life) It is not based on personality or likability.

Non-Negotiable vs. Negotiable Issues

In an address by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 to European parliamentarians, in which he named the goods which are non-negotiables, and thus at the heart of the common good. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:

  • (a) protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;
  • (b) recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage, and its defense from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;
  • (c) the protection of the right of parents to educate their children. (Address to European Parliamentary Group, 30 March 2006)

Research The Candidates

It is important for you to research all candidate’s positions on key Catholic issues. This includes those running for office in your local government. While national elections are important, many times it is the local elected officials that run for higher office so take the time to do your research.

Educate Yourself & Read These Essential Catholic Resources For Voting

I especially urge you to read the excellent resources below that show you what is truly important in elections and what is just a matter of policy.

Excellent Interview

Outstanding Videos & Webcasts

Articles & Blogs

Catholic Church Teachings On Voting

Non-Partisan Voting Guides

Non-Partisan Voting Resources

Prayers

Be An Informed Voter! Visit My Voting Resources Page:

TeresaTomeo.com/Voting

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