USCCB website:

I just found this on the site of the USCCB:

Catholics Care.  Catholics Vote.

I won’t explain it because I want to manipulate you into going there to see what it is.



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  1. inara says:

    the link didn’t work, but I went there on my own…my most favorite item was on the “Music Suggestions” list: “Free at Last”! I will happily take to the streets (with tambourine even!) & belt that one out if the Orange Juice Can wins!! :oD

  2. Dismas says:

    Well, it’s not a Novena of Tridentine Masses said from every Bascilica and Shrine throughout the United States, but I guess its a start. I also wonder if some readers won’t wonder if they are not being encouraged to become their own liturgists in an effort to become faithful citizens?

  3. Dismas says:

    Upon further investigation, I did find a novena prayer, under the ‘All Catholics’ section:

  4. traditionalorganist says:

    The General Intercessions and music suggestions are just plain awful. It’s the same old social justice hooey that we’ve had for years coupled with the same old awful music. I will happily bash a tambourine over Marty Haugen’s head. It’s really time to end this democratic approach to the liturgy.

  5. yatzer says:

    I could manage until I got to the music section. Maybe listening to those could be considered a penance. No way would I be singing that stuff.

  6. Jim of Bowie says:

    Very disappointing.

  7. acardnal says:

    I notice “Adoremus” hymnal by Ignatius Press wasn’t suggested. And one of my all time favorites was missing, “On Eagle’s Wings” – NOT!

    What is the purpose of a bishops’ conference anyway??????

  8. Toan says:

    I believe Fr. Z was directing us to this link on voting:

  9. heway says:

    Tom has the right link…nothing new, been around a while. Why do we have to use so many words to say what every Catholic knows – vote your conscience! If you are a faithful practicing catholic , it should not be a problem.

  10. leonugent2005 says:

    friends don’t let friends vote for any party that does not have a pro life plank

  11. MarkJ says:

    I have a suggestion for the USCCB voting guide website… replace all the existing words with a great big banner that says “IT IS A MORTAL SIN TO VOTE FOR A PRO-ABORTION CANDIDATE”, with a link to explanatory material on what a Mortal Sin is and what the consequences are of committing one, and maybe another link to Obama’s pro-abortion record.

  12. Patrick Augustine says:

    Unfortunately, this is more of the same bland social justice approach to voting that has confused the laity for years and given cover to catholics who want to vote “pro-choice.” There is no clear distinction between those matters which are absolutes, and matters of prudential judgement. The scriptural references focus primarily on caring for the poor, the orphan, and the immigrant, whom, of course, we should care for. However, I note that none of scriptural references mention the taking of innocent blood or unnatural acts . So the conclusion of this USCCB piece is, if I, or those I vote for, take care of the poor, the orphan, and the immigrant, I have fulfilled the requirements of Catholic Social Justice. The fact that those I vote for support abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, and all the rest of the culture of death doesn’t count as long as they are caring for the poor, the orphan, and the immigrant. Now, I know it doesn’t say that, but….

  13. s i says:

    @MarkJ – agreed!

    @Patrick Augustine – you hit the nail on the head.

  14. Elizabeth D says:

    This is the USCCB blog series Fr Z was trying to link to, I thought it was very good. It points out “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” is not a voting guide but is meant to encourage Catholics to participate in the political process. It speaks rightly about how to prioritize the issues, and that candidates that support certain things that are always gravely wrong, should not receive our support. It speaks about a whole range of issues, but takes care to make it clear they are not all equally morally weighty. I have already referred someone to this series who seemed to need these kinds of clarifications.

  15. MyBrokenFiat says:

    “friends don’t let friends vote for any party that does not have a pro life plank”

    *thumbs way, way up*

  16. With ambiguity comes confusion….

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