Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them: - by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
** - by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; *
by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; *
by protecting evil-doers.*
Let’s use an example so often committed by voters.
One usually has a choice of choosing a pro life candidate, vs a pro choice (pro abortion) candidate in elections.
This usually/often/not always boils down between a pro abort Democrat, vs a pro life Republican.
Democrat and Republican voters often vote party line.
However, those who vote pro abort then, when they had the chance to vote pro life, are then guilty of all the abortions done with their vote. Why?
As the Catechism points out, (emphasis mine)* - by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; (by voting for pro abortion candidates)*
by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; (by voting for pro abortion candidates)*
by protecting evil-doers. (by voting for pro abort candidates)
*]One candidate was pro life
*]the other candidate was pro abortion
I didn’t get into the issue of both candidates being pro abort.
"Forming Consciences discusses the idea of “intrinsically evil” actions, those that are “so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor,” it says. “They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned.” A prime example of an intrinsically evil action is the intentional taking of innocent human life, such as through abortion or euthanasia, "
When the issue is simple and clear, one can’t vote for a pro abort candidate. What often follows with a pro abort candidate, they are also on the wrong side of other major issues as well