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Election Discernment and Compassion

November 4, 2016

The Viatorian Community joins with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and several other religious communities, in promoting an election voter guide based on the spiritual messages of Pope Francis. pope-francis

It covers life and creation, the economy, peace, immigration, the environment, racial justice and freedom of religion.

Here is an excerpt: “As we close out this Jubilee Year of Mercy and the United States enters into the 2016 election season, Americans face a myriad of choices between competing visions for our nation’s future. As Catholics, we are called by our faith to engage in this election. Pope Francis says that “a good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of one’s self so that those who govern can govern well.”newCMSMlogoGRAYbg1

“Politics,” Francis says, “is one of the highest forms of love, because it is in the service of the common good.” While visiting the United States last year, he called on us to orient our politics based on the Christian models of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln.

We engage in this political process not because we’re partisan, but because we’re Christians.

Our faith offers a specific vision for the common good. It isn’t theoretical or abstract. It’s rooted in the story and person of Jesus Christ. In short, the entire social vision of the Catholic Church is this: in Jesus, God became poor to save humanity from every form of oppression. We must do likewise.

“The Catholic vision for the common good, then, is a radical invitation to what Pope Francis calls a ‘revolution of tenderness.’ “