Friday, November 9, 2007

Do you feel disenfranchised?

This coming week, the 12th-15th is the US Bishop's biannual meeting. Certainly expected is a statement on political life within the Catholic Vision. So what do we do?

Democrat party ideals fail to meet our vision of life.

Republican party ideals fail to meet our vision of life.

What do we do? In their draft, the Bishop's say: "Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and too few candidates fully share the church's comprehensive commitment to the dignity of the human person." So what do we do?

The same thing we always do: try to transform the culture by the grace of Jesus Christ. From another blog (St. Marys at Texas A&M) we find this quote from the proposed document: "As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. When necessary, our participation should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths."

Sound interesting? But is that a Catholic notion?

Romans 12:2 "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect."

For further reading, check out John Allen's article.

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