As I prepare to vote, I contemplate the following articles of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
2240 “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country…”
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
As catholics, we are not simply morally obligated to vote, we are morally obligated to vote to preserve and defend all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death. We are called by God to vote for that which is life giving and not life destroying. It is why, as a catholic, I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton today. I cannot abstain nor vote for a third party candidate… I cannot allow myself to be complicit in electing Hillary Clinton to the office of POTUS. As a catholic, I am morally obligated to vote to preserve and defend human life.
I have catholic friends and family members who will undoubtedly perceive this to be indignantly self-righteousness. Like me, they believe abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are wrong. They also believe it is wrong to impose their beliefs on others. This is not Catholicism. It is relativism… political correctness run amok. The truth is truth. It does not change from one person to the next. It is simple. Thou shall not kill. All human life is sacred.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. Jeremiah 1:5
For more information on the teachings and position of the catholic church regarding respect for human life, read Part Three: Life in Christ of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
God bless everyone of us today and God Bless the United States of America
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