By editor on October 29, 2012 10:59 pm in Multimedia / 8 comments
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This Busted Halo® original video looks at the U.S. bishops guide to Faithful Citizenship – teachings on issues that are important to the Church.
Now that the secular election is over with for awhile, when do all the heirarchy stand for election in their diocese?
Is voting done on Easter Sunday?
I have a copy of the U.S. bishops guide to Faithful Citizenship and believe it is an excellent guide for prayerfully discerning issues of faith for me to consider in selecting candidates for whom I should vote. I heartily recommend it to anyone struggling with this most difficult and critical decision. I have never in my 60 years seen two presidential candidates that could affect the culture and economy of this country in such dramatic ways. I found this guide most helpful and I pray the Holy Spirit guide me and all of us as we cast our votes over the next few days.
This is balanced.
It favors no sides. The reason it is balanced; no party does all of these points. Both parties do some of these points. We need a party that actually does all of these points. The RepDems or the DemsReps.
Do not tell us how to vote… we have been given free will and a conscience.
Good heavens! The Catholic Church is not a “hierarchical dictatorship.” Why? Because the Catholic Church is made up of those who freely associate with her. If you don’t embrace her teachings, you are free to leave and owe her nothing. If you embrace some of her teachings, you are free to follow those according to your conscience and, while others might rightly question your level of commitment, no one is going to come and take you away! If you embrace her teachings, you may live the joy of being “fully Catholic” and “fully human, fully alive!” The bishops’ guidance on matters of public policy are, for the most part, recommendations of how best certain policies reflect the teachings of the Church. On a few matters, such as abortion, the teaching is stronger because it’s clear that certain policy positions directly challenge the sacredness of those principles that are universal and binding on all, ie: respect for life. Otherwise, give it prayers and reflection, and do the best you can according to your conscience.
These guide lines are applicable to all good men; not just Catholics.
Hi Florian: FYI – The Church is technically a “non hereditary monarchy.” The Holy See is in fact classified as such in the CIA World Fact Book.
What is of importance to the leadership is not necessarily of (the same) importance to the membership. As we have seen, that’s true for the country as well as in the Catholic church.
In the USA, we have presidential elections every four years to decide questions of importance. Being that the Catholic church is a hierarchical dictatorship, the membership expresses itself — votes, if you will — through non-participation, non-contribution and non-observance of laws, precepts and customs, etc. Are they really Catholic when they don’t follow the bishops’ guidance? Answer: SURE they are, they’re VOTES, don’t you see?
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