Friday, October 3, 2008

The following comes from a statement released by the Bishops of New York called Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty.

The document [issued by the bishops of NY] “Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn
Duty,” states that there are many important issues such as the right to life,
issues of war and peace, the education of children and how we treat the poor and
vulnerable. While all must be considered, “not every issue is of equal moral

“The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person outweighs other concerns where Catholics may use prudential judgment, such as how best to meet the needs of the poor or to increase access to health care for all,” the New York bishops’ document says.

“The right to life is the right through which all others flow. To the extent candidates reject this fundamental right by supporting an objective evil, such as legal abortion,
euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research, Catholics should consider them less
acceptable for public office.”

I've had more discussion that than I really care to admit about what the Bishops were aiming for when they released "Faithful Citizenship". In recent weeks there have been many brave and outspoken Bishops that I believe are speaking to the truths behind the Faithful Citizenship document. Let us all continue to pray that the truth will be spoken and Catholics will make the right decision come election day.