Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity because it serves the common good. Yet, it is reduced to partisanship and captured by special interests if we as citizens don't participate in helping our political process achieve its noble end.
We are asked to vote "according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods." Our final voting decisions are not only important, the decision making process is, too.
And, the process of developing a well-formed conscience takes work-research, catechesis, and prayer.
In the document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," the U.S. Catholic bishops describe the decision-making process for evaluating candidates and political platforms, in particular, sections 31-43.
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Organist JAN KRAYBILL is Principal Organist for the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation, Missouri, and Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
Her recital in Rochester will include works by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Händel, Brahms, Guilmant, Eben and Dupré. Click HERE for the full press release.
The mission of the Diocese of Winona's "Safe Environment Program" is to ensure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.
We pursue this mission in three ways: