(Quote) Shannan-733493 said: I studied the voting guide that was passed out in my diocese at mass yesterday, and I listened to Card...
(Quote) Shannan-733493 said: I studied the voting guide that was passed out in my diocese at mass yesterday, and I listened to Cardinal Dolan on the Catholic Channel last week, and I have read the bishops guide for faithful citizenship, and they ALL STRESSED that they are definitely NOT telling people how to vote.
I think a clarification is in order. I think what the bishops mean by saying that they are not telling people how to vote is that they are not going to tell you which candidate you are supposed to vote for. But the bishops ARE telling Catholics how to vote in the sense of giving them guidelines for voting, which is what the guide for faithful citizenship is all about.
The bishops have also made it clear that there are some non-negotiable issues in this election. These include abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, and religious liberty, the first three being intrinsic evils. A voter's guide provided by catholic.com states: "Intrinsically evil actions are those that fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues." This means that Joe Biden, a so-called Catholic, is committing serious sin by supporting and condoning his party's position on abortion rights and other non-negotiables.
That's pretty clear. The next question is whether or not a voter is committing serious sin by voting for the Obama-Biden ticket. The short answer is yes, generally speaking, because a vote is an expression of support for a candidate and his/her positions on issues, and the Obama-Biden positions on the non-negotiables are sinful. Hence, Cheryl's warning that voters are sinning and thereby putting their souls in jeopardy by voting for Obama-Biden.
On the other hand, the long answer is that it depends. One might be voting for Obama-Biden, not in order to support their sinful positions, but for other reasons. One might decide to vote for an unacceptable candidate because the other candidates are equally unacceptable, the candidate will be unable to implement his/her evil agenda anyway once elected, etc. Thus, at the end of the day, the bishops won't tell us which candidates to vote for. We must examine the candidates and their positions and prayerfully make up our own minds.
But that having been said, it's clear to me, in the case of this election, that there are not any excuses for voting for Obama-Biden. This ticket has taken positions on the non-negotiable issues which are so sinful and awful, and they will be able to further advance their sinful agenda if elected. The "nuns on the bus" do not give us any good excuses for voting for Obama-Biden. No, Paul Ryan's budget is not intrinsically evil. The Church has not told us exactly how much government is supposed to budget for the poor. Listening to the nuns on the bus disparage the Ryan budget, one would think that Paul Ryan must have eliminated welfare and food stamps altogether in his budget; but that, of course, is not the case. What the nuns on the bus don't get is that the best thing that can be done for the poor right now is improve the economy.