On Tuesday, the people of our nation will go to the polls to make their decision in elections that will shape the future of our local communities, counties, states and nation. I hope that you are registered to vote, and I hope that you will exercise your right to vote on Tuesday.
I won’t be going to the polling place this year because, for personal reasons, I needed to apply for an absentee ballot. I will truly miss the activity of the polling place this year and the excitement of the moment in the booth. But, I must confess that I was glad to sit with the paper ballot and think through one last time which candidates I wanted to vote for and why.
I thought about what candidates said about a range of issues and whether their positions are consonant or not with the principles of our faith and the Catholic moral tradition: Do they show respect and reverence for life from its conception to its natural end? Do they convey a respect for the dignity of every human being? What is their attitude toward the poorest and most vulnerable among us? Are they people who are willing and able to work with political opponents for the common good? Do they strive to honor the good health of our planet? If incumbents, do their records indicate that they have done their best to advance the program and values for which they have stood in their campaigns? If they are seeking a particular office for the first time, does their public record give you confidence that they will make an honest effort to live out their convictions should they be elected?
Some of the choices I made were more difficult than others. That occurs when both candidates take positions on issues that I cannot support. In such cases, I did my best to judge which candidate would best serve the community. In making that judgment, I took most seriously their positions on the full range of life issues, with particular attention to their stance on the protection of the unborn.
I tried to make my choices in good conscience and know that you will do the same.
May God bless our nation on this Election Day.
Peace to all.