Should Catholics be involved in politics? And how do politics fit into the life of faith? I’m reminded of a conversation I overheard after Mass. A woman was complaining about all the comments on Facebook about the upcoming election.
Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared yesterday on the leftist talk show, The View. Buttigieg opened in response to a question from Sunny Hostin saying, “I would be the most progressive president we’ve had in a half-century.”
Because of her abortion, she had given up—on lots of things. On heaven, on living the Catholic life, on the pursuit of holiness, on the fact that God truly loves her.
With the forthcoming Presidential election, we should be considering the candidates’ platforms and comparing their ideologies to God’s word. In the first place, do they honor and respect the dignity of human life?
Voting as a Catholic means supporting political candidates who best harmonize with the teaching of the Church on faith and morals. That means voting consistently pro-life in opposition to the intrinsic evil of abortion. Candidates who support abortion cannot normally receive our support. As an intrinsic evil, abortion is a non-negotiable. As Pope St. John Paul II noted, the right to life must be “defended with maximum determination.”