Catholic Voters Have A Serious Obligation To Uphold Moral Law

Cardinal Raymond Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, has presented a wonderful pastoral letter on voting that clearly states what a Catholic voter’s moral obligation is. Here  is the Catholic News Agency’s (CNA) coverage from two years ago.  The letter is two years old, but it is of utmost importance in the present political climate.  At the time of the letter Cardinal Burke was Cardinal-designate Burke.

Catholic Voter’s Must Defend Life And Traditional Marriage!

Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke stressed to Catholic voters in a recent interview that they have a “very serious” obligation to uphold the truth of “moral law” in the upcoming mid-term elections. He specifically cited protecting unborn children from abortion and defending traditional marriage.

The American Vatican official, who was recently named by the Holy Father as a future cardinal, spoke on Oct. 20 to Thomas McKenna, president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, just hours after the Pope’s announcement.

Cardinal-designate Burke opened his remarks by saying that “as a bishop it’s my obligation, in fact, to urge the faithful to carry out their civic duty in accord with their Catholic Faith.” Clarifying that he does not endorse particular candidates, the prelate also spoke of his duty to relay “principles” to the faithful to help inform their vote.

Speaking on the contentious topic of abortion in the upcoming mid-terms, Cardinal-designate Burke said one “can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion.”

“You may in some circumstances where you don’t have any candidate who is proposing to eliminate all abortion, choose the candidate who will most limit this grave evil in our country,” he explained, “butyou could never justify voting for a candidate who not only does not want to limit abortion but believes that it should be available to everyone.”

The Vatican prelate also addressed the issue of same-sex “marriage,” asserting that maintaining the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is not unjust discrimination.

“Where there is unjust discrimination – “for instance, where you say that a fellow human being, because of the color of his skin, is not a part of the same race as someone, say, who is a Caucasian, that is a kind of discrimination which is unjust and immoral,” he said.

However, he added, “there is a discrimination which is perfectly just and good, and that is the discrimination between what is right and what is wrong.”

“Between what is according to our human nature and what is contrary to our human nature. So the Catholic Church, in teaching that sexual acts between persons of the same sex are intrinsically evil, are against nature itself, is simply announcing the truth, helping people to discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities.”

In his interview, Cardinal-designate Burke also urged Catholic politicians who have caused “scandal” by endorsing positions contrary to moral law to repent through a “genuine reform of heart.”

“That’s done through the Sacrament of Penance,” he said, adding thatpolitical figures must publicly “renounce” their errors, recognizing and recanting the “evil” they have promoted.

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3 comments to Catholic Voters Have A Serious Obligation To Uphold Moral Law

  • The Spirit in man is God like. 2nd Cor: 5 God has reconciled the whole world to himself through Christ Jesus, no longer holding humans faults (sin) against then and has instructed to us the echo of reconciliation. God is love and anyone that lives in Love (AGAPE’) lives in God and God lives in them. Bishop there is a separation of Church and Stats. Please stop treating the world like it is running the church. You can’t protect some life, you have to protect all life. You are a keeper of the faith that produces the power of love (suffering without the desire to retaliate. Serving and expecting in return. Stand up Bishop in your perfect position to guide us. Jesus prayer to the Father in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John that no one be lost. That should be the prayer of the people of God (the church) You are loved

  • […] Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, and a Vatican official stated that we as “Catholic voters have a serious obligation to uphold the moral law” which means“Catholic voters must defend life and traditional marriage.” He continued, one “can never vote for someone who favors the right of choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion” as well as to attempt to redefine marriage. Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, WI even goes further and says; to vote for someone in favor of these positions “could put our own souls in jeopardy.”  This is very serious stuff that can lead to very serious sin. We are living in very difficult times to be a moral person or a good Catholic  but the fact remains if we fail to follow our Catholic faith in the way we vote we are endangering our souls. Why?  Because when you stand here in Church you make your profession of faith – you say that you believe what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches to act differently, or to vote differently is to be a hypocrite and much worse a heretic. […]

  • TG

    I love Cardinal Burke. He’s firm but gentle . We need this type of courage from all our bishops which lately it seems many of them are having the courage to speak the truth.

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