Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship

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With this handy guide, Catholic voters will come to understand their role in this, and every, election and will know how to form and use a Gospel-based conscience to discern major decisions. Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship helps committed Catholic voters participate fully in the political process by addressing some of the issues Catholics should consider before casting their votes—issues such as euthanasia, abortion, stem-cell ...
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Overview


With this handy guide, Catholic voters will come to understand their role in this, and every, election and will know how to form and use a Gospel-based conscience to discern major decisions. Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship helps committed Catholic voters participate fully in the political process by addressing some of the issues Catholics should consider before casting their votes—issues such as euthanasia, abortion, stem-cell research, social justice, immigration, capital punishment, same-sex marriage, ecological concerns, and health care.
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Did you know there are 7 key points in Catholic social teaching that can help to guide one when making that important decision of whom to cast their vote? Each was introduced with a paragraph and then commented on later in the book.
  • 1. The right to life and the dignity of the human person
  • 2. Call to family, community, and participation.
  • 3. Rights and responsibilities.
  • 4. Option for the poor and vulnerable.
  • 5. Dignity of work and the rights of workers.
  • 6. Solidarity
  • 7. Caring for God's creation
This book could be very useful in the RCIA, a high school course (some will be 18 years old and voting in November) and for small group discussions. --SAGA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616364113
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Pages: 54
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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The editors of Catholic Update have combined their bestselling issues to bring you the words of Richard Rohr, William Shannon, John Feister, Carol Luebering, and other popular authors on this topic
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Table of Contents

About This Series v

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The Challenge of Forming Consciences 1

Chapter 2 Conscience and Voting 7

Chapter 3 Human Life Issues 13

Chapter 4 Responsibility for the World 31

Sources 51

Contributors 53

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    For individuals, groups, and parishes

    The primary source for this new publication in the Catholic Update Guide To...series is the Catholic Update Newsletter, a monthly publication committed to adult faith formation. This first of the book’s four chapters begins with an overview of “faithful citizenship,” the responsibility for developing and using an informed conscience at the ballot box as well as in everyday life. Before every national election in the U.S., the Catholic bishops issue a formal call to the faithful to vote in a manner that supports the common good without sacrificing moral principles or going against Church teaching. Editor Mary Carol Kendzia notes that the bishops’ 2011 statement contained a “ticklish and controversial element” related to choosing among candidates whose positions may be a mix of positive and negative in terms of Catholic teaching. The conclusion is that in certain circumstances “a voter who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position on a given issue may vote for the candidate for other morally grave reasons.” The first chapter also covers the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggests guidelines for parishes such as concentrating on issues, not candidates, and providing nonpartisan activities to encourage voting. The “don’t” items involve avoiding partisan activities. The second chapter focuses on development of conscience, that power to judge between good and evil. The third and fourth chapters address the Church’s positions on human life issues and our responsibility for the world. Topics include assisted suicide, abortion, stem cell research, immigration, same-sex marriage, capital punishment, and ecological concerns. Each chapter ends with three reflection questions, making this an excellent resource for faith-sharing groups as well as individuals. Information on contributors and a list of sources are also provided.

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