Benedicts Bishops: Bishop Thomas Paprocki Tells Us, 'Think and Pray About Your Vote In Upcoming Election'
A vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy
I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit
SPRINGFIELD, IL (Catholic Online) - I make it a regular task to call attention to the wonderful Bishops we have in the Catholic Church in the United States. There are more being raised up daily by this great Pope. We will not join with those in what I call the "Catholic circular firing squad" in blaming the Bishops for the challenges we face. We are all, in the words of Pope Benedict, "Co-Responsible" for the Church.
The Holy Father chose a significant address he delivered to the 6th Assembly of the International Catholic Action Forum on August 10, 2012 to call on the lay faithful to assume their vital role. He explained: "Co-responsibility requires a change in mentality, particularly with regard to the role of the laity in the Church, who should be considered not as "collaborators" with the clergy, but as persons truly "co-responsible" for the being and activity of the Church. It is important, therefore, that a mature and committed laity be united, who are able to make their own specific contribution to the Church's mission."
Active political participation is primarily the role of the lay faithful. That involvement is now most urgent as we approach this crucial Presidential election. It is not the role of the Bishops to directly engage the political sphere. It is the role of the Bishops to teach the lay faithful about their special obligation to active and faithful citizenship.
From the very beginning of the Church, the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops had the primary task of teaching the faithful so that they could fully live the Christian faith and give it away to others. The Church has always been blessed with good teaching Bishops, especially at critical times in her history. We are living in just such a time.
Some of the most profound teaching on the Christian Faith and way of life is found in the Apostolic Fathers. We have letters which circulated from the first few centuries written by giants like Polycarp and Ignatius of Antioch. We also have sets of instructions and catechetical teaching to the early church such as the Didache (the Teaching of the Twelve).
The word encyclical means a circulating letter. We now attach the word mostly to the most authoritative teaching in the letters from the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. However, it is derived from the way those letters from the early church bishops were passed around to believers. They were circulated among the faithful of the Church.
Throughout Church history the teaching of Bishops has helped the faithful to mature in their faith, apply that faith to their daily lives and grow in their capacity to influence their age and progress in holiness. So it so it must be in our own day.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki is another courageous and holy Bishop. He was set over the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. What a gift. He is one of those whom I am now calling "Benedict's Bishops". He writes a regular column for the official newspaper of the Diocese, the Catholic Times.
His columns are always excellent. They are a regular feature of this fine newspaper and grouped under the theme of Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love. However, his recent column could not pass by me without my making it widely available to as many people as possible.
I offer it below for our readers around the globe. It needs a much wider circulation. It is entitled "Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election." Please read it, pray through it, photocopy it, distribute it, send it by E mail and post it on your social network. Then, act on it.
Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Series:Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Much attention was given at the Democratic National Convention held recently in Charlotte, N.C., to the fact that all references to God had been purged from the draft version of the party platform. After outcries of protest from outside as well as within the Democratic Party, the sentence with the same reference to God used in 2008 was restored to read, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
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