Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Election Issues

In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience. 

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY. PLEASE VOTE!


Catholic voters are called to properly form their consciences in preparation for voting and for the continued advocacy for just laws and policies required after voting. This process should focus on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good.  It requires constant prayer, understanding of Church teaching, and discernment that goes beyond campaign rhetoric and partisan politics.


Ohio Voter Information: Secretary of State Office
Judicial Votes Count: Information on all Ohio Judicial Candidates 
USCCB Resources on Faithful Citizenship


Catholic Conference of Ohio Election Reflections 2016

There are various non-partisan voter information guides available.  We list several for your consideration.

Vote 411.org

Allows you to enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with the League of Women Voters online non-partisan voters' guide. With this guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. 

County Board's of Elections offer helpful voter information and guides.
Click here to find and link to your Board of Elections

Several Ohio Newspapers offer voter guides. Others link to the 411.org from the League of Women Voters

Columbus Dispatch 
Cincinnati Enquirer
Toledo Blade


National Republican Party Platform
National Democratic Party Platform

Link to Ohio Republican Party Website
Link to the Ohio Democratic Party Website


Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


 

Bishops call for unity and prayer for newly elected officials

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a statement regarding the election of Donald Trump

The American people have made their decision on the next President of the United States, members of Congress as well as state and local officials. I congratulate Mr. Trump and everyone elected yesterday. Now is the moment to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens. Let us not see each other in the divisive light of Democrat or Republican or any other political party, but rather, let us see the face of Christ in our neighbors, especially the suffering or those with whom we may disagree.

Prayer after an election

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America. 

We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement.

Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.

Amen.

Vatican congratulates new president

Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, urges Donald Trump to promote peace and wellbeing in the world

2016-11-09 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Wednesday said he hoped the newly elected American president, Donald Trump, would be guided by God to serve his country but also to promote peace and wellbeing in the world.

Talking to journalists on the sidelines of a conference at Rome’s Lateran University, the cardinal said he respected the will of the American people as expressed in this exercise of democracy. “We send our congratulations to the new president”, he continued, in the hope that “his government may bear real fruit”.

Cardinal Parolin said it would be premature to comment on specific issues such as immigration, noting that the views of presidential candidates often differ from their policies once they become president and adding that Trump had already spoken “in leadership style”.

He said Trump can be “assured of our prayers that the Lord may enlighten and support him” in the service of his country, but also in the service of peace and wellbeing in the world. Cardinal Parolin concluded by saying he believes there is a need for everyone to work to change the situation in the world today, which is one of “grave wounds, of serious conflicts”.

(from Vatican Radio)

Archdiocese of Cincinnati establishes a "Civility Campaign" for election dialogues

"Civilize It" campaign a model for other dioceses

The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.
 

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Bishops of the United States Update Teaching Guide on Political Responsibility

 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:

  1. Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?

  2. Who in the Church should participate in political life?

  3. How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions

  4. What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square

The Statement is not intended to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.

Additional Information on Election Issues

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