With the upcoming elections this Tuesday, November 8th, there are some good resources to help guide faithful citizens. The two bishops of Virginia have a very good website called the Virginia Catholic Conference that offers information about Social Justice, Life Issues, and Family & Education. This site also has links to the Legislative Center to look at voting records, questionnaires, and Virginia General Assembly information.
Voting should be a priority for every faithful citizen.
“Participating in the political process, and thereby helping to create a more just society, is an essential part of what it means to be a follower of Christ in our Commonwealth today.”
— Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde
Bishop DiLorenzo (Diocese of Richmond) & Bishop Loverde (Diocese of Arlington) have written a letter to all Catholics that was passed out at all Masses this weekend. In this letter they state, “As bishops, we do not tell Catholics for whom to vote. It is the duty of each voter to receive the Church’s teachings with an open mind and heart and to apply those teachings. But before exercising our civic responsibility, we must first form our consciences thoughtfully, prayerfully, and correctly.” There will be a special day to lobby in Richmond on January 26, 2012 called Catholic Advocacy Day–please consider joining this worthy cause.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also has a good website Faithful Citizenship. It offers information, videos, and prayers for voters, and I urge you to take some time to look at this wonderful resource. I hope and pray for a free and fair election and urge everyone to vote thoughtfully and prayerfully.
USEFUL VOTING LINKS
Virginia Catholic Conference (Richmond & Arlington Diocese)
Washington Diocese Blog – Interesting Blog “Is a Catholic Republican or Democrat?”