Pastor's Letter for the October 23, 2016 bulletin

With this year’s presidential election and local elections coming up in just a matter of weeks, it’s important for us to know how the various candidates stand on various policy issues.

 

The Catholic TV network, EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) has voter preparation information at their website. They have a comparison of the platforms of the four largest parties, Democrats and Republicans as well as the Libertarian Party and the Green Party. You can access that at http://www.ewtn.com/vote/download/2016-platforms.pdf.

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (a.k.a., the USCCB) has posted several of these resources at their website (not surprisingly their homepage address is www.usccb.org), too. At the homepage, navigate through the “Issues and Action” tab across the top to either “Faithful Citizenship” or “Take Action Now.” The Faithful Citizenship pages have a number of resources for the formation of our consciences. The Take Action Now pages include links to “Action Alerts,” indicating when significant legislation is progressing through Congress.

 

The Bishop of Phoenix, AZ, also has a solid resource for the formation of our consciences entitled, “Catholics in the Public Square.” It’s available online at the website of the Diocese of Phoenix: http://dphx.org/catholics-in-the-public-square/. This resource explores Catholic teaching in a question and answer format. Among the questions explored are: Are there any “non-negotiable” issues for Catholics involved in politics? How should Catholics understand the separation of church and state? Can Catholics honestly disagree in matters of politics, social or cultural issues?

 

More on local and state issues next week…

 

Included in this week’s bulletin is a letter from Bishop Monforton about a survey that we will be conducting in all parishes of the Diocese of Steubenville in November and December. This survey will help each parish to identify “pastoral priorities.” More on in next week’s letter as well!

 

May the Lord help us all to journey together ever more joyfully, always ready for the gift of eternal life.