An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. –Evangelii Gaudium, 183
As the federal election approaches on October 21, 2019, the Diocese of Calgary has compiled a set of resources to assist our faithful in making a faith-informed decision at the ballot box.
While we are all called to perfection (Mt 5:48), each one of us falls short. Similarly, no political party or candidate will embody all that we seek in leadership. Despite this challenge, Catholics “cannot relinquish their participation ‘in the many different economic, social, legislative, administrative and cultural areas, which are intended to promote organically and institutionally the common good.’” (Deus Caritas Est, 28)
As a consequence, each Catholic is morally obligated to exercise the right to vote. (CCC 2240)
The decision you make will be a personal one, but we pray it will be one which is prayerfully discerned, takes into consideration the fullness of the gospel message and will result in the election of those representatives who will fight for justice, religious freedom, the common good and a moral ordering of the affairs of our nation.
If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics”, the Church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice” - Evangelii Gaudium, 183