Good election statement by the CCCB, but…

OTTAWA, March 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With a federal election campaign now underway after this afternoon’s vote of non-confidence in the Canadian parliament, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an election guide. The guide lists “Respect for life and human dignity: from conception to natural death” as the top issue in voting.

While recognizing there are times when “choices may prove very difficult,’ the guide quotes the Vatican saying “a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.” (Source)

While this is an excellent statement, I’m afraid that most Catholics, even practicing ones, will never hear about it. After searching on the web, I couldn’t find a single mainstream media outlet that covered the news. Only a handful of Catholic sites and LSN reported on it. As such, its reach will be very limited unless it is preached from the pulpit. That’s what we really need.

Besides, I couldn’t help but notice the hypocritical irony of their quote from the Congregation from the Doctrine of the Faith:

“a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.”

Change a couple of words and you get to the heart of the Development and Peace scandal:

“a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to make donations to a charitable organization in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.”

It’s so hard to take the statements of the CCCB seriously while the D&P scandal remains unresolved.

3 thoughts on “Good election statement by the CCCB, but…

  1. I agree completely, and why should one do so?

    I do not want the forgiveness card played over and over on that one either.
    That is nothing but twisting manipulative avoidance of responsibility and accountability…mostly it is about the absolute
    and outright mocking, and as far as I am concerned, blaspheming the Holy name of God and His Word and teachings.
    Why should we be alarmed at the consequences when we do this
    under the auspices of so called Catholic mores. It is extremely serious, and God is waiting for true repentance.

    Lord Have Mercy,
    Frances Wilkinson

  2. I copied the statement out and sent it to the parish office, asking that it be put in the bulletin. I will keep asking, until election time.
    I’ve done my part, the rest is up to the pastor.

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