I recently attended an adult formation meeting where a presentation was made in light of the upcoming elections. We received the handout “The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”, that is published by the USCCB and was approved by the full body of bishops in 2007.
The handout was a bit vague, but did comment on what the Church says about seven key topics:
- The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Caring for God’s Creation
Here is my question. The first item in the list is the “Right to Life”. Shouldn’t this be first on our list when deciding upon which candidate to vote for?
The way I see it, none of the other social concerns come into play if the person isn’t born in the first place.
In our discussions, a comment was made that it could be morally acceptable to vote for a candidate who is for abortion rights. To support this comment, the person rationalized that even if you were to vote for a candidate who is anti-abortion, that doesn’t mean that the person would really be able to do anything about it anyway.
Does rationalizing like this really make sense? You can “if” your way into any line of thought.
Do some social teachings trump others?