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Posted on Sep 30, 2016 | 1 comment

More Voter Information

More Voter Information

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On Saturday, we brought you a story on Bishop Olmsted’s voter guide for the Diocese of Phoenix. Of course many other voter guide and guidelines can be helpful to tristate Catholics, including one from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Among these are:


The USCCB’S Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (pdfs available in English and Spanish here) is a short booklet covering a variety of topics and issues. First published in 2007, the book has been updated for this election season. The document’s web page (linked above) includes bulletin inserts based on the book, Written by a group of bishops on behalf of all and addressed to all American Catholics, Faithful Citizenship lays out general principles for voting and explains Catholic teachings about issues. It is, as the title says, concerned with forming consciences and does not specify how any person should vote. It can be read online, and hard copies can be purchased for $4.95 from the USCCB or at Catholic bookstores.


The pro-life group Priests for Life has created the simple chart, A Comparison of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms. The two-page document can be downloaded and printed (pdf available here) and may be reproduced. Quotes from each platform on a variety of issues are presented side by side. The document contains no analysis or recommendations, and has a tag saying it has been approved for distribution in non-profit organizations and churches (NOTE: In keeping with previous years, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr does not permit political material to be distributed at Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati).


A four-page pamphlet, Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics, is available from the popular radio apostolate Catholic Answers in packs of 100 for $9. It divides issues into those that have no official “Catholic stance,” and those Catholic Answers calls “non-negotiable moral principles that do not admit of exception or compromise.” While the five issues Catholic Answers identifies as non-negotiable are derived from Catholic teachings, that designation comes from Catholic Answers. The book is neither supported nor condemned by the USCCB. It also has a certification from the IRS that it can be distributed by non-profit organizations and churches (NOTE: In keeping with previous years, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr does not permit political material to be distributed at Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati).


Bishop Charles Chaput’s well-regarded 2009 book Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life is also still in print and available in bookstores, as well online in print and as a Kindle edition from It outlines principles of Catholic teaching and explores how to be both a faithful Catholic and a responsible citizen.


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1 Comment

  1. Catholic need to be aware of the difference between non-negotiable issues and issues of prudential judgment.

    Non-negotiable issues (abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and so-called homosexual “marriage”) are all matters of the moral law that have been taught definitively to be intrinsic evils that can never be voted for or supported in any way by Catholics.

    Issues of prudential judgment include, but are not limited to matters such as the death penalty, immigration reform, and others that are not considered non-negotiable. In these cases, the laity can, with charity and respect, disagree on how best to address the matter.

    Catholics need to research and understand the gravity of choosing their candidates. Do Catholics understand that a pro-abortion candidate is one who supports a law in this country, where since 1973, 40 million have been killed. This is the population of Canada. A candidate who professes values of socialists, is one who whether they remember or not, represents the values of 20th Century governments who murdered one person every 30 seconds.

    Catholics need to get past the emotions and personalities and look at issues and what candidates stand for.