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Sep 26: Day by Day with Father Bill

SATURDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

-From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

(10) Some question whether it is appropriate for the Church to play a role in political life. However, the obligation to teach the moral truths that should shape our lives, including our public lives, is central to the mission given to the Church by Jesus Christ…
(13) In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation…Unfortunately, politics in our country often can be a contest of powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and vulnerable. As Pope Francis reminds us, “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good…I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”

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