Faithful Citizenship Report

October 2022

(Election Edition)

The 4th of July, 2022, was the 246th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.

The basis of our Declaration of Independence is that all men are endowed by God with inalienable rights, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving they’re just powers from the consent of the governed, and, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

In other words, it is the purpose of government to defend the inalienable rights with which we are endowed by God, and it is the right of the people to rectify the government that does not defend those individual rights.

So, after 246 years, how has it worked out?

According to Dr. Larry Arn, historian and President of Hillsdale College, the three major crises that have shaped our country into what it is today, are the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the progressive movement.

And what is this progressive movement that it has shaped this country as much as the American Revolution?

According to the Michael Farris, President and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, those who reject God try to substitute a theory of rights created by man rather than a supreme Creator. These humanistic views have dominated our top law schools for decades. They have formed the basis of a generation of Supreme Court decisions that have dramatically changed our nation.

The sanctity of life, marriage, our human sexuality, rights of conscience, and religious freedom generally have been attacked. Woke ideology, the cancel culture, and critical race theory have been promoted.

Thus, we are behooved to consider the pastoral instruction of the Catholic Bishops of the US on the political responsibility of Catholics (1,2) especially in their discussion of “What Public Policies Should Concern Catholics Most?” (2).

We are also behooved to consider the voter’s guides prepared by organizations that adhere to our Catholic value.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Voter’s Guide (3) has been prepared on a comprehensive basis including questionnaires, the candidates websites, news articles.

The LifePAC Voters Guide (4) has been similarly prepared on a comprehensive basis (questionnaires, personal interviews, public statements and actions) by a southwestern PA organization since 1980.

While there are other issues of concern for Judeo-Christian voters, the preeminent issue is the protection of human life (2).  Abortion is a direct assault on human life.  Further, how candidates vote on the right to life is indicative of their disposition on other issues such as marriage, immigration, poverty, education, religious freedom, healthcare, discrimination, and military force. But, no issue supersedes the right to life. All other issues are incumbent on being alive (4).

The Faith & Freedom Coalition Voter Guide (5) includes the candidates’ positions on several issues.

Also, official sample ballots are accessible through the Westmoreland County website can be reviewed prior to voting (6).

Attachments

1.    The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Part I of II: Our Call as Catholic Citizens (USCCB.org)

2.    The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Part II of II: Making Moral Choices and Applying Our Principles (USCCB.org)

3.    Voter’s Guide, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation (paprolife.org)

4.    LifePAC, (lifepac.net)

5.    Faith & Freedom Coalition Voter Guide (ffcoalition.com)

6.    Westmoreland County Candidates (https://apps.co.westmoreland.pa.us/elections/ElectionBallots/Ballots/Precincts.aspx)


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