I normally drive one town over, deeper into the Driftless Area, for Sunday Mass. Recently, though, I attended Sunday Mass at the parish church in the town where I live. The parish priest addressed the upcoming election in his homily. He made the following points:
1.) We should pray for both candidates. They are both morally corrupt. We shouldn’t judge souls, but their moral corruption is apparent from their actions.
2.) We learn about these actions from the news. Not all of the news we hear is true.
3.) We need to consider the platforms of the respective parties. One party is solidly in favor of abortion and euthanasia. Without the right to life, there are no other rights.
I forget whether the priest also addressed freedom of religion, but he has in the past. At the parish I normally attend, the priest excused himself from preaching on the issues at stake in the election because he figured it would be preaching to the choir. If a parishioner disagreed, he or she had likely left by that point. I agree; it would have been preaching to the choir.
Bishop Morlino, in a column* published in the Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Diocese of Madison, also presented the issues at stake in the election. He writes, “What’s at stake for the future makes it irresponsible not to vote. And in voting, I find myself, for the first time, voting to avoid something rather than to choose something or someone.”
In these circumstances, my pastors have made it clear to those with eyes to see and ears to hear how an informed, conscientious Catholic ought to vote. Kyrie eleison!