Last week I received an email from a Genuflector suggesting a good subject to cover would be how a Christian/Catholic could support <insert political figure name here> and not be struck by lightning.
The name doesn’t really matter. Regardless of your party affiliation, or lack thereof, I suspect everyone has had this thought from time to time.
And even though the popular advice is to “Never discuss politics or religion in polite company,” with a Presidential election 4 months away in the US, I agree.
Politics and Catholicism is a great topic for this week!
I found plenty of articles making the case for why Catholics should vote Republican and just as many as to why you should vote Democrat … and even some on why you should vote Independent … but we’re not going there.
The truth of the matter is, no one political party is totally aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church. And voting is a decision that each one of us must discern individually.
So don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you how to vote. This is more about how to approach voting from a Catholic and Holy perspective.
Afterall, we’re all trying to get to heaven. And everything we do here and now will determine whether and when we get to walk through those pearly gates. Including how we cast our votes.
So at the risk of offending you all with talk of politics and religion, this week’s issue of Genuflect looks at Catholic voting: how and why to vote as a Catholic, holiness in voting, tools for discernment, how to use prudence for decision making, where the presidential candidates stand on the issues, prayers for elections, overcoming toxic politics, and a look at the Catholic vote.
So with four months to go until election day, you’ve got plenty of time to do your research, pray, and get prepared to cast your holy Catholic vote. And pray some more!
Founding Editor, Genuflect
P. S. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in Genuflect, let me know. There are probably others interested in the same thing!
Catholic Voting Guide
This brief guide to Catholic voting is the perfect place to start. It addresses fundamental questions like why should Catholics vote, does the Church tell us how to vote, is there anything Catholics must reject, and more. And it details the four main steps Catholics should take before voting.
A Guide to Catholic Voting | Our Sunday Visitor
The Catholic Church does not require us to vote for a particular political party. But it does require us to cast an informed vote. Here are the 7 main themes of Catholic social teaching that should inform our Catholic vote.
Voting Catholic | About Catholics
Voting And Holiness
This publication is a little dated, going back to 2012. But its topic is ageless. It looks at our call to holiness and how we can and should apply holiness to our civic duty of voting … in discerning answers, in choosing candidates, in respecting our opponents, and in loving.
Faithful Citizenship: Voting & Holiness | Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
Election Day Checklist
Voting can seem daunting, especially if you’re not sure which candidate to choose. Here’s a simplified 4-step checklist for election day to ensure you’re making an informed Catholic vote.
A Catholic’s Election Day Checklist | Minnesota Catholic Conference
Lesser of Two Evils
It’s not uncommon for voters to be frustrated with the selection of candidates. Neither one is attractive and one even wonders if they should just stay home on election day. If you find yourself in this position, you should check out this article from Canada that addresses this problem head on and offers advice on how and why to discern your Catholic vote.
Voting Like a Catholic – Tools For Discernment | Archdiocese of Regina
When it comes to making decisions, nothing is more critical to Catholics than the virtue of Prudence. It gives us the ability to look at a situation and know the right thing to do. We should all use prudence to drive our informed vote so here’s a look back at Genuflect’s coverage of this important cardinal virtue from a year ago.
Presidential Candidates’ Positions
In order to cast an informed vote, it’s important to know where the candidates stand on the issues. This non-partisan site tracks and compares where the US Presidential candidates stand on all the issues. You’ll also find in the sidebar a nifty “Quiz – Find Your Candidate Match” that will help you determine which candidate is your better match.
As Catholics we believe in the power of prayer. There’s no better time to apply that power than before, during, and after an election. Here are several prayers to help.
Prayers For The Election | Xavier University
Overcoming Toxic Politics
We tend to stick together with like-minded people, finding our tribe. Unfortunately, today we’re becoming less tolerant of those with differing opinions … especially where politics is concerned. Father Joseph Byerley explains why this is not only bad for our culture, but it goes against Christ’s teachings … and is a sin. And he offers some suggestions for overcoming this toxic hyper-tribalism.
Pride Fueled by Hyper-tribalism is Toxic | Catholic Star Herald
Commit yourself to civil dialogue throughout the remainder of this political season, and beyond, by signing this pledge from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Civilize It | We Are Salt And Light
Catholic Voters Overview
Catholics make up 22% of the vote and tend to vote for the Presidential winner, at least in the popular vote. But within the Catholic vote there are subgroups, and it’s the fence sitters who determine whether the Catholic vote goes Democrat or Republican. As this graph shows, it’s most difficult to tell who the Catholic vote went for when it’s a tight election.
Pollsters Confused About Catholic Voters | National Catholic Reporter
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