Electoral Responsibility

Electoral Responsibility

The Editors | OCTOBER 29, 2012

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H ow will the United States change after Nov. 6? The political rhetoric has verged on apocalyptic. Yet while the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will have far-reaching consequences, especially for those who live at the margins of American society, candidates and voters alike should recall the words of the Psalmist: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save” (Ps. 146:3). That caution is especially poignant for many Catholic voters, who are once again caught between their desire to participate in civic life and the sad fact that both presidential candidates have taken positions that are incompatible with the moral law. That the candidates’ moral miscalculations extend even to the gravest questions of life and death only further vexes the Catholic conscience. Read more

Intrinsic Evil and Political Responsibility

Intrinsic Evil and Political Responsibility

Is the concept of intrinsic evil helpful to the Catholic voter? http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=11166

M. Cathleen Kaveny | OCTOBER 27, 2008

As the November national elections approach, we need not delve too deeply into Catholic political discussions to realize the importance of the term “intrinsic evil.” The term is used not only in such documents as Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the 2008 Voting Guide for Catholics issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, but also in political skirmishes among American Catholics. But what, exactly, is an “intrinsic evil”? Why should voters give special attention to intrinsic evils in considering the candidates? Almost no Catholic opinion-maker who invokes the term goes on to ask these questions, let alone to answer them.

Perhaps this is because the answers seem obvious. After all, the term “intrinsic evil” seems to connote great and contaminating evil—evil that we take inside ourselves simply by associating with it. The term itself suggests that “intrinsic evil” involves wrongdoing of an entirely different magnitude than ordinary, run-of-the-mill wrongdoing. Consequently, intrinsic evils must pose great moral dangers to both individuals and society at large, and these dangers ought to dwarf all other considerations in casting one’s vote. Read more

Fr. John Flynn: People’s Priest of the Bronx

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Fr. John Flynn: People’s Priest of the Bronx

Posted at: Monday, October 01, 2012 12:24:06 PM
Author: Tim Reidy

We are pleased to feature this guest blog from David Gonzalez. David is a reporter at The New York Times and a member of America’s board. He graduated from Saint Martin of Tours School in 1971:

To be with the Rev. John Flynn was to walk with faith.

Seriously—he would cross the streets around Saint Martin of Tours parish in the Bronx barely looking to see if any cars were barreling down the way. How he never got hit is a minor miracle. Yet whenever I accompanied him on his regular walks around his neighborhood, I just had to take it as an article of faith that we wouldn’t be mowed down by a crazed livery cab.

Granted, this lanky, tousle-haired priest with busted shoes and threadbare black slacks was out there often enough to be known to one and all in Crotona, a hardscrabble patch tucked between the Bronx Zoo and Little Italy. Everybody looked out for him.

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