There’s lots of confusion about immigration and voting among Catholics and other Christians. How big of a factor is immigration among our voting concerns? Does it equate morally to abortion? And, is President Trump’s wall building project something we can or cannot support? Is it a negotiable policy for Catholics or not?
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.”
How is the virtue of justice and voting connected? What does it mean to vote as a Catholic in the context of today’s frequently anti-life and pro-abortion candidates? Can a Catholic safely vote for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket?
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.
Why is the belief of the Church important in the voting process? Because those Catholics and Christians whose lives are ordered by the belief of the Church bring Jesus Christ and his saving gospel into the public square. That really says it all.