Study, Discuss, Pray, and then Vote with an Informed Conscience

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Study, Discuss, Pray, and then Vote with an Informed Conscience

Early Voting Begins Saturday, October 27

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Study, Discuss, Pray, and then Vote with an Informed Conscience
Early Voting Begins Saturday, October 27
 
“We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes
to help build a better world.”

 
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility
from the Catholic Bishops of the United States with Introductory Note, 2011

 
The Church affirms that every Catholic is called to prayerful, active, and responsible participation in the political process. We urge all Catholics who are eligible, to register and vote. For those who are ineligible to vote, especially our youth, we suggest that they pray, study, and offer insights during the election process.
 

In preparation for the November   6 election, certain actions are necessary to properly form our consciences…

In preparation for the November 6 election, certain actions are   necessary to properly form our consciences: (1) Study – consult and become   familiar with the teachings of the Church and seek accurate information on   issues that impact human life and shape our culture; (2) Discuss – actively   participate in thoughtful and respectful conversations with family, fellow   parishioners and others; (3) Pray – seek wisdom and guidance through prayer   and reflection; then (4) Vote – prayerfully and thoughtfully choose by   casting our ballots; and (5) Continue to pray during the elections.

From a moral perspective, all issues are not of equal importance   or urgency. Some are more fundamental and deal with matters of intrinsic   evil, such as abortion and euthanasia, which must always be rejected or   opposed and must never be supported or condoned. Let us share our values with   a strong voice and use our votes to shape a society that will defend human   life, promote human dignity, preserve traditional marriage and the family,   and protect religious freedom. As followers of Christ, we are called to build   a more just and peaceful world and care for the weak and defenseless. The   Gospel command for us to not forget the least of our brethren is central to   our rich and God-given faith.

Let us share our values with a strong   voice and use our votes to shape a society that will defend human life,   promote human dignity, preserve traditional marriage and the family, and   protect religious freedom.

 

In addition to candidates, several   proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution will appear on the November 6   ballot.

To assist with choices in the voting booth, we invite you to   view the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Candidate Questionnaire   Project, which asks candidates “where they stand” on important issues that   may come before them as elected officials. In addition to candidates, several   proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution will appear on the November 6   ballot. We have issued statements in support of Amendment 6 (Abortion   Funding) and Amendment   8 (Religious Liberty) and urge you to vote yes for the   passage of both. Candidates’ responses to the questionnaire and statements on   the amendments may be viewed at www.flaccb.org. Copies are also available through local parishes.


Each of us has an important role, and our collective efforts can strengthen our nation and renew our Church. Study, discuss, pray, and then vote with an informed conscience on November 6!
 
In humility, we seek God’s love and blessings on our cherished state and country.

Most   Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
  Archdiocese of Miami

Most   Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito
  Diocese of Palm Beach

Most   Reverend Robert N. Lynch
  Diocese of St. Petersburg

Most   Reverend Frank J. Dewane
  Diocese of Venice

Most   Reverend John G. Noonan
  Diocese of Orlando

Most   Reverend Felipe J. Estévez
  Diocese of St. Augustine

Most   Reverend Gregory L. Parkes
  Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

 

Statement of the Bishops of Florida: Study, Discuss, Pray, and then Vote with an Informed Conscience on November 6 (English) / (Spanish)

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