We Catholic voters acknowledge the following ten obligations and guidelines. These principles should be a part of Catholic educational programs at every level utilizing all the means of social communications.
One can say that the Catholic isn't a single issue voter. However this doesn't mean all issues are the same weight - one can't compare apples and oranges, so we can't support a candidate who promotes the killing of innocent human beings, even if we like their other positions. But if two candidates are equally pro-life, then we can look at other issues. Here I have ranked some of what I see as the more important issues, based on Catholic social teaching.
1. Life: Innocent life must be defended in "every moment of its existence." This requires complete rejection of all forms of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, cloning, research which destroys embryos and immoral population control. Respect for human life includes all its stages, irregardless of one's "quality of life" - including the unborn and elderly.
2. Family: "Founded on matrimony", it cannot be compared to other forms of living together or homosexual unions. Laws should support marriage and the family, e.g. fiscal aid (tax credit) to couples and marriage support and education programs.
3. Rights: which stem from human dignity, first the fundamental right to life, then rights "to those things required for human decency—food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing, freedom of religion and family life." The right to exercise religious freedom publicly and privately by both individuals and institutions along with freedom of conscience must be constantly defended.
4. Poor: "those who are weak, vulnerable, and most in need deserve preferential concern." This includes a special love for unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression.
5. Workers: to uphold the dignity and rights of workers: to productive work, to decent and just wages, to adequate benefits and security, to organize and join unions, to the opportunity for legal status for immigrant workers, to private property, and to economic initiative.
6. Solidarity: our love of neighbor includes eradicating racism, addressing extreme poverty, promoting peace and pursuing justice both at home and abroad.
7. Environment: being good stewards of God's creation, we want to ensure a safe and hospitable environment for human beings, and share responsibility for the future of the earth.
In Sum: How can we build a better and safer world - one that is more just, more secure, more peaceful, more respecful of human life and dignity?
Fr. Coulter notes that this is not an exaustive list, there are many other issues of concern for Catholic voters, such as:
Parity between public and private schools: full and concrete support of private education and parental choice of schools, through vouchers, scholarships or tax credits.
Immigration: "Acceptance" to guarantee a "worthy integration" with respect of values and norms that regulate coexistence, especially overcoming racism, bigotry and discrimination.
Security: It is necessary to be firmly opposed to "all criminal and illegal acts," respecting the "principles and guarantees of the state of law." This includes defense, the combating of dangers "stemming from violations of realities on which our life depends."
Subsidiarity: Reform of institutional and centralized executive government, allowing local autonomy and intermediary social bodies to have adequate roles.
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