October 28th, 8:30 PM at Bellarmine Chapel
As people of faith and Catholics, we are called to live out our faith by promoting the common good through civic engagement and other means.
It may seem easy to become cynical about politics for a variety of reasons, but we cannot afford to ignore our duty to participate in the democratic process. The U.S. Catholic Bishops confirmed this when they wrote, in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:
Unfortunately, politics in our country often can be a contest of powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites, and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable. The Catholic call to faithful citizenship affirms the importance of political participation and insists that public service is a worthy vocation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. When necessary, our participation should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths.
To work for a future where the dignity of each person is recognized and the needs of the common good are met can be daunting, but each of us must do what we can. One important first step is to become informed about the issues, look at the candidates running in the upcoming election, and think critically about how to respond in light of our faith. On Sunday, October 28th, at 8:30 at Bellarmine Chapel, Our Values, Our Vote presentation will feature Tony Stieritz from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who will present on many of the political issues presented in the campaigning process along with the values of Catholic Social Teaching. The evening is meant to be one, where as a community, we can deepen and broaden the ongoing democratic process in light of our faith.
Read a statement from the University regarding Catholic teaching and the promotion of conscientious and thoughtful voters as a Catholic, Jesuit University.
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