Our Civic Duty

I encourage everyone who ever happens upon this website (it is safe to assume you have some interest in Catholicism and/or voting) to be sure and read James Taranto’s interview piece with Timothy Cardinal Dolan today in the Wall Street Journal. The cardinal points to a real challenge we lay Catholics have to take very seriously.

From the Taranto piece:

American Catholics have in fact become “more like everybody else.” When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he found it necessary to reassure Protestants that, in the archbishop’s paraphrase, “my Catholic faith will not inspire my decisions in the White House.”

“That’s worrisome,” Archbishop Dolan says. “That’s a severe cleavage between one’s moral convictions and the judgments one is called upon to make. . . . It’s bothersome to us as Catholics, because that’s the kind of apologia that we expect of no other religion.” But times have changed. Today devout Catholic Rick Santorum is running on the promise that his faith will inform his decisions—and his greatest support comes from evangelical Protestants.

The archbishop sees a parallel irony in his dispute with Mr. Obama: “This is a strange turn of the table, that here a Catholic cardinal is defending religious freedom, the great proposition of the American republic, and the president of the United States seems to be saying that this is a less-than-important issue.”

The personally opposed stuff does not cut it. Not if we are who we say we are. We are called to be fully integrated moral beings, in and out of politics. We will fall, but are we even trying to follow the path of discipleship in all of life, even civic life? Not by interpreting our faith to fit our political agenda or ambition or to make relationships more comfortable. But by letting God’s Word truly challenge us in our civic interactions, activism, and duties?


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    I and my family are recipients of over the top good treatment in a Catholic hospital in Chicago. The treatment and the Doc’s I had were world caliber. I’m not Catholic but it made no difference. I had complex Brain surgery. They saved my life. At the same time I detest the priesthoods inability to carry the banner of TRUTH in these troubled times. Children are being ruined, I grew up with some.I believe and pray the truth will be sought and the Truth will set us free. Playing church is not the answer, being the church is the answer. Not just for Catholics but All Americans. America needs you STRONG and TRUE. Denial is not A River….have you heard that one?

  • Rene

    1. Religion influences the person and the person is also a moral agent in all affairs civil-political, republic (“res-publica”, see Wikipedia ).
    2. The Catholic is a person justly influenced by morality rightly formulated by objective Catholic principles rooted in the natural law, which is universal and immutable, which itself in formulated by Divine Law.
    3. Civil society, if truly a republic, must reflect the moral values of such persons, whether such are held on moral grounds of private practice or publicly professed out of religious or philosophic grounds. Therefore, upholding freedom of conscience and a true fabric of social civil society, a republic. A person may influence politics and morality and when such morality is objective, must!
    Therefore, vote on what you profess to hold objectively sacred and do not be intimidated by private and public rhetoric meant to confuse you and make you think you are to vote with mental reservations or a prophylactic creed!
    Thank you.



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