Friday, July 04, 2003

Straight thoughts 109

July 4, 2003

Sometimes, especially in political matters, we are distracted by complexity and cannot achieve simplicity of thought. Simplicity and clarity are very important on fundamental issues.

Pro-life people see clearly that the issues of life and death are paramount to survival, let alone a question of rights.

They would not vote for any politician who does not uphold the life and dignity of every human being, from conception to natural death.

Why not to extend the same rigorous approach to groups?

Why vote for a political party that does not subscribe to the pro-life, pro-family principles?

A doctrinal note, issued by the Vatican last February makes the same point.

Not only individuals, but also groups are not permitted "to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals... Such activities, in contradiction to basic principles of Christian conscience, are not compatible with membership in organizations or associations which define themselves as Catholic."

Catholics are called to vote consistently with their beliefs. So are all Christians.