Tuesday Topics: Your Conscience, Your Vote

“I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly,” John 10,10

October 20th Update on Catholic Voting

Important days are ahead, the last few days before the election and then, the weeks and months afterwards. The AUSCP is planning a virtual prayer service for Wednesday, November 4. Among our politically divided nation and church, we pray now and will continue our prayers for unity and healing. Details of the web service will be provided in the days ahead. In the meantime, here are some things to consider.

  • “What I know is this: Jesus is not running for office. The day after the election our primary mission will be the same: to proclaim and give witness to the Gospel in all its fullness,” said St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski. “The winners will make some parts of that easier, and some parts incredibly hard. Either way, we’ll have a lot of work to do.”
  • Faithful America is mobilizing its followers for the predicted turbulence that may follow the election. “We believe that no matter what someone looks like or where they come from, every child of God counts — which means every vote must be counted, even when the counting takes longer than expected,” said a Faithful American web release.

Stories about Rozanski and Faithful America are among the articles and opinions below, in this Oct. 20 edition of the AUSCP Election Tuesday on Catholic Voting.

Statement from the AUSCP on Catholic Voting

As our nation prepares for the coming elections, the Association of U. S. Catholic Priests urges voters to focus on life, more abundant life, as Jesus announced.

We need to focus on the lives of the unborn, the newly born, the poor, the elderly, those who are homeless, migrants, and every other created being.

We declare that all lives will matter only when Black lives are included in the all and when all have adequate health care, housing, adequate income and other essential resources.

We  affirm that abundant life demands that we care for the life of our planet and care for all who are affected by our lack of proper care.

We affirm that more abundant life requires the freedom and possibility for all eligible U. S. citizens to register and vote.

Finally, we affirm that abundant life will be truly present for all only if voters form their consciences well, considering the character and competence of the candidates, and vote  in accord with the full teaching of Christ, as their consciences dictate, regardless of party affiliation

You are invited to join NETWORK for a virtual bus ride with information on Catholic voting during these last weeks of our election preparation.

In forming your conscience as Catholic voters, consider also the ways in which our political world is interconnected with the climate crisis and our duty to care for our Common Home.

Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

General Catholic Voting Resources

Father Louie Arceneaux will be talking and leading a discussion on a national Call to Action Zoom gathering on discerning how to vote. It will be from 7 to 8 PM CST, Oct 21.

The AUSCP will post a link to the video recording as soon as possible after the webinar.

AUSCP Resources for Catholic Voting – Updated Weekly