[quote="Prodigal_Son1, post:6, topic:286141"]
It is my understanding that to 'actively participate' is to vote precisely supporting the opposing view of the Church. There are circumstances where it is permissible to vote for a candidate for other reasons.
Forming Consciences for a Faithful Citizenship
Basically, voting to advance narrow interests or 'partisan' preferences without weighing other morally grave reasons can be using a candidate's opposition to an evil justifying an indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues.
Some see stances on war, immigration, healthcare, and social security as important moral issues involving human life and dignity. These issues open doors for people to make arguments of being concerned of how they will be judged because of their participation in deciding how tax dollars are to be spent. Christ said to render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar's, without placing people into a position of being judged for how Caesar used the 'tax'. Was Caesar's government of those times any better than any government of today?
It is an individual's calling to form a faith based conscience, while maintaining a love for all others. I don't see a calling for one individual to make condemning statements towards others, to the extent of proclaiming blanket excommunications which has an appearance of lacking the required love for one another. The laity especially, has no authority to make such blanket declarations. To do so is usurping the rightful authority of the men of the Church, and viewed by some as reasons that are suspect of lacking some of the instructions given.
[quote="Rence, post:10, topic:286141"]
Exactly, thank you :)
It is way inappropriate and out of line for a layperson to demand of another voter such things as, 'prove what is as proportionate as this or that' because it will be different to each individual. They're all important issues, or they wouldn't be included in the Bishops' guidelines. If it was all about one issue, then the document would have only been about that one issue. One layperson doesn't have the authority to demand such things of another and claim that the other is in sin just because his/her issues aren't as important as another's. We do all have our callings and we go about accomplishing our goals in different ways.
'Faithful Citizenship' needs radical revision. It is not specific enough. It is not in keeping with comments made by Pope Benedict on the issue of abortion and voting. Pope Benedict wrote in a letter to the US Bishops in 2004:
“While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment,” he said. “There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia,”
That quote from Pope Benedict does not seem to be in keeping with statements in the 'Faithful Citizenship' document from sections 34-37. These sections create loopholes for Catholics to vote for a pro abortion politician if they feel there is a ''morally grave'' reason (35), if they do not intend to support a position (34), or if if a political candidate will pursue 'authentic human goods' rather than 'morally-flawed' position he/she holds (36).
This is so out of keeping with statements made individually by the Bishops on the issue of abortion and voting; Bishop Vasa who contributed to the 'Faithful Citizenship' document has rejected the spin that the document excuses people to vote for a pro abortion candidate:
'When we were working on the document ‘Faithful Citizenship’, and the issue of whether or not a person’s adamant pro-abortion position was a disqualifying condition, the general sense was ‘yes that is a disqualifying condition’.
Bishops Kevin Vann and Kevin Farrell insisted there are no 'truly grave moral’ or ‘proportionate’ reasons, singularly or combined, that could outweigh the millions of innocent human lives that are directly killed by legal abortion each year.'
Apparently dozens of individual Bishops have issued clarifications on the confusion of the document.
Archbishop Raymond Burke believes that Faithful Citizenship helped ensure the election of Obama, said the document had 'led to confusion among Catholics.'
When you have a leading Vatican prelate speak out on the problems of USSCB document, something is wrong.
Bishop Joseph Martino has gone as far as to say:
'No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese. The USCCB doesn’t speak for me.'
The diocese released in statement which said Bishop Martino was 'concerned because of the confusion and public misrepresentations about Catholic teaching on the life issues.'
'Certain groups and individuals have used their own erroneous interpretations of Church documents, particularly the U.S. Bishops’ statement on Faithful Citizenship, to justify their political positions and to contradict the Church’s actual teaching on the centrality of abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research,”' the statement said.