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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

How To Vote Like A Catholic

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Back in November of 2006, Pope Benedict XVI issued a plan to help voting Catholics clarify and simplify their decision making process when going to the polls. You can read more about this story here.

The pope's three-point agenda is...
  1. "Pro-Life"
  2. "Pro-Family"
  3. "School-Choice"
I believe the pope was successful in obtaining his goal. The three-point agenda is clear and simple. Voting Catholics in democratic countries must select candidates who are Pro-Life, Pro-Family and favor School-Choice.

By Pro-Life, the pope means candidates who believe human life is a sacred RIGHT that comes directly from God, and that every human life, from conception to natural death, must be protected. This means the candidate must oppose abortion in all circumstances. It also means the candidate must oppose euthanasia in all circumstances. In addition, the candidate must oppose human cloning and embryonic stem-cell research. (Adult stem-cell research is okay, because it does not destroy human life.)

By Pro-Family, the pope means candidates who believe the traditional family is the basic building block of civilization, and the institutes of government must be structured so as to protect it. This means the candidate must oppose gay-marriage, and any other type of nuptial perversion, that is designed to undermine and trivialize matrimonial commitments between a man and a woman. The candidate must also believe in fostering a family-friendly society that allows parents to raise their children according to their religious beliefs and cultural norms, without excessive interference or harassment from government.

By School-Choice, the pope means that candidates must believe that parents are the primary teachers of their children, and that they know how best to educate their offspring. This means the candidate must oppose all government policies that use economic pressure to force parents to send their children to government schools. The candidate must be in favor of some means, by one way or another, of allowing parents more economic freedom to send their children to private schools, or to educate their children at home. (read more on this here)

Naturally there are many other issues that should be of concern to voting Catholics, but these TOP THREE should become the PRIMARY ISSUES at the forefront of every Catholic mind entering the polling booth. They are in effect "deal breakers." If a candidate does not meet the standard of these three issues, the Catholic voter should seek another candidate to elect. The three issues are listed according to their level of importance. The number one issue for voting Catholics is always the right to life. It outranks not only the following two issues on the pope's agenda, but all other political issues in total. A candidate who believes its alright to medically slaughter innocent unborn children, and helpless elderly invalids, is not worthy of anyone's vote. If however, a candidate meets this standard, then on to the next. Is the candidate Pro-Family? If yes, then on to the third issue. Does the candidate favor School-Choice? If yes, then the candidate meets the agenda and is worthy of a Catholic vote. If more than one candidate meets the agenda, then the Catholic is free to discern between them based on his own well-informed conscience using the social teachings of the Church as a guide. These can be found online via the Vatican website:
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.