You better believe it! We take this civil duty seriously.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph #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…”
When I was young (not too long ago!) and before entering the monastery I was very confused on this issue. I felt that the candidate had to have the right position on all moral principles and if he did not then I could not, in good conscience, vote for him. (I was really looking for a political messiah!) Since then I have come to understand the concept that if there is not a “perfect” candidate then I must vote for the person who will most likely limit evil. Please see Fr. Frank Pavone’s website to learn more about voting with Catholic Christian principles.
I have a feeling that many of you might also be unsure of what to do in this year’s upcoming election. I encourage you to get registered and vote! Again, see Fr. Pavone’s site to find the registration deadline in your state. Going to college out-of-state? Make sure you get an absentee ballot.
Why are Sharon and Shannon looking so happy? Well, aside from seeking the Lord with all their hearts they are officially “Kentucky Citizens”! They have their driver’s licenses and are registered to vote.