Does the Church Have a Right in Telling Me How to Vote?

Father Paul Gousse

Fr. Paul Gousse

Some will say: “the church has no right in telling me how to vote”.

Bishop Peter Libasci (letter in the link below) is not telling us how to vote, only that we must vote and to be aware that when we vote we must make judgments between politicians and their policy. The Scripture says “as we judge so shall we be judged”. Our Bishop is telling us that we must vote “OUR CONSCIENCE”, but it must be an “INFORMED CONSCIENCE.”  An informed conscience asks “what does God have to say about my vote, what does my church teach and why does it teach that”?
To those who say: “the church has no right in telling me how to vote,” I reply that the church has a duty to inform the faithful, instructing them in the Commandments and life in Christ. (See CCC 2246 below)

Any individual who says he can advocate for and enable the practice of abortion and claims that he can still be a Catholic in good standing, has a very serious problem with integrity which that person ignores only at their own peril.   I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your soul in serious jeopardy.

Father Paul Gousse,
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Leo parish in Rochester, NH

Bishop Peter Libasci Letter of 10-31-12


2246 It is a part of the Church’s mission “to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it. The means, the only means, she may use are those which are in accord with the Gospel and the welfare of all men according to the diversity of times and circumstances.”

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7 comments to Does the Church Have a Right in Telling Me How to Vote?

  • Yes the church has the rigth and duty to do so.It is in the defend of religious liberty,the truth,and life from comception to natural death.

  • For whom you gone vote,when all the candidate are in someway support abortion or population control,dying with dignity? etc.

  • Joanne Rader

    First time to see this site. It is wonderful! I felt very alone this election listening to so many of my friends not seeing that the right to life is the basic belief of Catholics. Reading this page made me feel not alone.

  • from an email subscriber:

    This is the first time I’m replying. I don’t know who this reply will go to or if it won’t go to anyone/anywhere. Father, of course the Church has a “right:” in telling its’ faithful about the moral dangers inherent in voting for a candidate who isn’t in line with the Church’s teachings. I’m a convert to the faith since the age of 18 but I know that what Courageous Priest says is absolutely true. This is not telling a person how to vote. It is telling a person you are and would be doing moral wrong if you vote for x candidate for the following reasons. To claim, as I saw recently that this violates tax exempt status stuff is absolute nonsense!! Tanya T

  • Bill

    Cardinal Ratzinger’s note underlined the principles involved for the Catholic voter.

    “A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia,” Cardinal Ratzinger wrote.

    “When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons,” he said.

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