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Columns | Friday, September 18, 2020

Politics, voting and Catholic teaching

Archbishop Wenski's column for the September 2020 edition of the Florida Catholic

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Tuesday, November 3rd, is Election Day (although many of us already will have voted through mail or at an early voting location). As Catholics, we see responsible citizenship as a virtue, and thus participation in the political process is not only a right but also a duty. And so, as Catholics and as American citizens, we should exercise the right and duty of our citizenship by voting. Besides several state and local races, this election will decide who will be president and vice-president for the next four years and who will represent us from our congressional district in the House of Representatives for the next two years.

Our Church rightly does not tell the faithful to vote for any candidate or party. The Catholic Church is not — nor does she want to be — a political agency or a special interest group. However, she does have a profound interest — and rightly so — in the good of the political community, the soul of which is justice. For this reason, the Church engages in a wide variety of public policy issues including the defense of unborn life, of religious liberty and of marriage as a union of one man and one woman, as well as advocacy on issues concerning immigration, education, poverty and racism, along with many others.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and, on the state level, our Florida Catholic Conference, seek to educate Catholics and others of good will so that our choices, made with an informed conscience, will be coherent with our faith. In doing so, the Church offers a specific moral framework that should guide the voter in making prudential decisions as to who are the “best” candidates — or, as sadly happens too often, who are the least “worse” candidates. This moral framework anchored in the Scriptures and expressed in the teaching of the Church — more than mere party affiliation or self-interest —should guide the serious Catholic to examine the candidates on a full range of issues as well as on their personal integrity, philosophy, and performance. In this way, our vote will be an exercise of both responsible as well as faithful citizenship.

For Catholics, the defense of human life and dignity is not a “narrow cause” but a way of life. As Pope Francis says, "Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil right is based on the recognition of the first, fundamental right, the right to life, which is not subject to any condition, of a qualitative, economic and certainly not of an ideological nature."

For this reason, no Catholic should vote for a political program or law with the intent of contradicting the fundamental principles of our faith. A voter who would vote for a candidate precisely because he or she was pro-abortion would certainly be guilty of sin — objectively speaking. Someone may arrive at a prudential decision to vote for a candidate for other reasons even though his or her record is one of supporting the killing of unborn infants or legalized euthanasia. But such a decision would have to be weighed very carefully given the candidate’s manifest cooperation in evil (the enablement of abortion).

The stridency and polarization of politics in America today can be discouraging. We need a new kind of politics — one focused on moral principles, not on polls; on the needs of the vulnerable, not the contributions of the powerful; and on the pursuit of the common good, not the demands of special interests.

Too few candidates share a consistent concern for human life and dignity. And too few citizens hold elected officials accountable by exercising their right to vote. All this shows that, as Catholics, we should be more — and not less —engaged in political life. All of us are called to become informed, active and responsible participants in the political process — and to do so by bringing together, coherently and consistently, our faith, our moral convictions and our responsibilities in the public square.

Catholics in public life — whether they are Democrats or Republicans —must act seriously and responsibly on many important moral issues. Our faith has an integral unity that calls Catholics to defend human life and human dignity whenever they are threatened. A priority for the poor, the protection of family life, the pursuit of justice and the promotion of peace are fundamental priorities of the Catholic moral tradition which cannot be ignored or neglected. Yet abortion is a grave violation of the most fundamental human right — the right to life that is inherent in all human beings, and that grounds every other right we possess. That some Catholics in public life promote positions on human life that are not coherent with their Catholic faith is a scandal and while they may claim to be “practicing” Catholics, it is obvious that they need to practice a whole lot more — until they get it right. 

Comments from readers

Providencia - 10/14/2020 04:23 PM
Dios lo Bendiga!! Totalmente de acuerdo,muy acertada su carta a nosotros los Catolicos !! Soy Pro vida y siempre lo seré, muchas gracias Arzobispo Tomas Wenski, valoro mucho como Catolica su buena orientación hacia nuestra fe y bienestar espiritual!
carolyn exposito - 10/13/2020 04:35 PM
It is my firm belief that as Catholics we cannot accept that Climate change and immigration are on a par with the 2 principle truths taught to us by the Church. Above all is the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage. Our society has set aside these 2 tenets to accommodate having children before marriage, calling unusual unions marriage and accepting as normal, abortion and euthanasia. If we are living in a fractured and fractious world we need to consider what took us there. Thank you Archbishop Wenski for speaking the truth, even though there are many who don't want to hear it.
carlos m montero - 10/12/2020 10:19 AM
Dear catholics: We will be judge by our actions and not by what somebody said. When we be at the presence of Jesus, at our particular judgment, we will be asked: "Do you promote or approve abortion?' And your answer will be, 'no, but I didn't like the way the other person talks', so I voted for the ones who approve the abortion, the marriage between members of the same sex, etc.' because I didn't like the writing of the other one.' I wouldn't dare to give this answer...
Monica - 10/09/2020 08:00 AM
I find this absolutely ludicrous. Have you heard about the treatment our president received for Covid-19? It was derived from cells from an aborted fetus. If you are to say something, it should be based on the FACTS, not hypocritical assumptions.
Ricardo Feijoo - 10/06/2020 11:24 PM
Thank you archbishop Tomas Wenski for supporting the catholic faith in these difficult , and challenging times , and for the clarity, “the light in the darkness,”on the catholic beliefs and its teachings of the catholic church, and also what it has stood for and what it represents, still till this date, which are the teachings of our lord and savior Jesus Christ! I feel that as a “practicing catholic “ we have an obligation and duty to Vote as mentioned , and when we vote we must keep our faith first and the teachings of our faith that God has given us through his words ,and teachings that founded our church , not on what the world is trying to have us think that it’s a choice to terminate the life of an unborn baby due to entitlement by right of ownership ,an inconvenience, or wrong timing!Without the teachings and the beliefs of our Catholic Faith, we would loose the respect , the right, and freedom for the unborn life to live , and the life at the age of when someone is considered a burden to someone ,or due to a terminal illness, or a lack of so called quality of life ! The choice for life is the Lords not ours ,if we call ourselves practicing Catholics ! It seems very clear that the archbishop is defending the catholic faith and is stating the teachings of what our faith is against and what it stands for as far as the choice for pro life ! Please consider if we are Catholics it’s not our desire of what is conviene for us but what is right in the lords eyes and what the catholic faith which was founded and protected by God! We cannot be Catholics and be in favor of abortion , and other fundamental rights that do not respect the choice for life!
Paul Nichols - 10/05/2020 10:13 AM
I hope, as you consider the election before us, you take the time to read Pope Francis' encyclical: Fratelly Tutti, just published. I think after reading it you will understand how the Church looks at politics, immigrants, the poor, leadership, the disenfranchised, those that are different (LGBTQ) and others. It is all about love. It is what Jesus Christ would do. Pope Francis is exactly right.
Stephanie Martin - 10/01/2020 04:35 PM
Thank you for telling it like it is. This is not an issue that can be sugar-coated or rationalized. Life is life, God created it. That is all we need to know, everything else is a distraction from that fundamental issue.
Joachim McCarthy - 10/01/2020 02:02 PM
Pro-Birth and Pro-Life are not the same. Pro-LIFE includes welcoming the immigrant and refugee, feeding and caring for children, equal access to healthcare, acceptance of all children of God in the church, including LGBT Catholics. Of course, Pro-Life also includes opposing the death penalty. We should also be mindful of how candidates treat other people, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled and the marginalized. More than one issue influences my vote. If I judged my church on child abuse alone, I would not be Catholic.
Jorge - 09/30/2020 09:36 PM
To say that I, as a practicing catholic, am disappointed to read this -opinion piece- would be an understatement. The church doesn't belong in politics, you said it yourself, but yet you have just made it part of this circus. I pray for you Bishop and hope that God was indeed guiding you when you wrote this piece, because I believe God has guided me to not vote the same as you.
Cristy Charters - 09/30/2020 02:51 PM
Dear Archbishop Wenski, I was saddened to read your article in which you are admonishing good practicing Catholics who may vote for one candidate instead of another for president. There are many of us who do not perceive one candidate to be behaving as a Christian. I want to categorically confirm to you that I am anti-abortion and pro-life. I believe that we must pray for the awakening of conscience of many women that may use abortion as a form of birth control. I believe we must continue to act in ways that will deter them from taking such a decision, and pray with them so that the Lord will guide them to make better decisions in favor of life. However, my anti-abortion stance does NOT equate with voting for the candidate you suggest. I know God will not judge me a sinner for not voting for him.
Abe - 09/30/2020 07:23 AM
Thank you Archbishop for saying what needed to be said. Regarding those who cannot find it in themselves to agree with your statement, we need to pray for them as they continue to believe that they are at the supermarket and have the option of accepting only some of God's commandments. God bless you.
Silvia Cuenca - 09/29/2020 08:53 PM
Con mi mayor respeto No veo la carta clara. Muchas personas quedaran confundidas. No es solo el aborto, es el Plan Parenthood, es la ideologia de genero, Si no se respeta la vida y la familia, que esperar? Como cristianos,no podemos votar por una persona que NO quiere la vida
Dwayne Clein - 09/29/2020 04:52 PM
As Deacon John Lorenzo said previously what you believe is the will of God. God bless the United States of America.
Jeanette Ghioto - 09/29/2020 04:28 PM
I am THRILLED that we have a shepherd who is courageous enough to be clear about our responsibilities as Catholics. IF there is only one candidate that subscribes to this moral teaching then that is the decision that must be made. I run a crisis pregnancy center and let me assure you abortion is more than killing a child... it is killing... in so many ways the mom... as well as anesthetizing our society to the sacrifice of children for choice. Bravo Archbishop.
Edwin R DuPont - 09/29/2020 10:26 AM
Nailed it... your Grace.
Melissa - 09/28/2020 07:56 PM
I am disappointed with this article because it feels like there is an imposition to vote for a particular party. It isn't about being conservative or liberal. I agree it's about God's law. I think many people forget the basics when they talk about prolife. Prolife is more then closing or opening abortion clinics. It's about helping women gain needed resources that will allow them to feel confidant to be a mother. Affortable healthcare, WIC programs, food stamps, more and more education. These thing stand more then just saying "I'm prolife". But the truth is God gave us "free will". Not even God took that away. We choose to do good or do evil. Prolife education isn't a government responsibility it is a family responsibility. Whether we like it or not abortion will not go away if our home mentality doesn't change. Our view of maternity as an obstecle to success has to change. Our antimarian views have to change. I believe that the character of a leader should also value what I believe not just what their party represents. Our leader should stand for equal rights, non discrimination, helping the immigrant, sheltering the poor, respect for marriage and most importantly an individual who has grown through suffering and has not lost their faith. I wish we lived in a world that respected life and our earth. However, it isn't as black and white. It is hard to vote for a person who says he believes what I believe, but doesn't act on it at a personal level. It's like Sunday's gospel. Do I want the one who said "no" but does Gods work, or the one who said "yes" but doesn't do Gods work. I prefer the former.
ROMEO BARBERA - 09/28/2020 06:39 PM
Our great Pope and saint, Saint John Paul II was very clear about our participation as Catholic in the destiny of our countries, as he did with his natal Poland. In difficult times of crisis and intolerance, in Christifideles Laici, #. 38, he said: It has become commonplace and rightly so, about human rights; such as the right to health, home, work, family and culture. In any case, that CONCERN IS FALSE AND ILLUSIVE if the right to life is not defended with the utmost determination as the first and fundamental right, a condition of all other rights of the person. And at Evangelium Vitae Encyclical: ("The Gospel of Life") talking about human life, said that when human life is worth nothing (Which is the highest value that exists on Earth), when it is worth nothing, comes the authoritarianism and intolerance (70). That is what we are seeing these days, that political groups and other anarchists do not tolerate the Christian and historical values of this great nation.
Silvia Mendive - 09/28/2020 04:55 PM
Thank you Archbishop for being clear on what Catholics values are. It is important for Catholics to have an informed conscience when they go cast their vote. It would be very helpful if your letter be read from the pulpit on every church in the Miami Dioceses. God bless you for being our shepherd.
Stephen Conte - 09/28/2020 04:32 PM
Thank you Archbishop Wenski!!!! The faithful are so hungry for clarity and Truth!! Oh how we need faithful, courageous Shepherds like yourself to speak out with clarity in the Church today . Shepherds, who for the love of their flock, will “preach the Truth in season and out of season, convenient or inconvenient, popular or unpopular”... Sadly to many Catholic laity and Clergy have fallen to the lies and false narratives. We cry out to our Lord for healing within the Church and direction from the hierarchy. As we, the laity try to remain faithful and obedient to Church authority we face an extremely challenging and confusing time. Your words renew our hope that there are still faithful Shepherds within the Church willing to live out the words stated above from 2 Timothy 4-2. It couldn’t be more clear to a professed Catholic which way to vote this November!!! There is absolutely no argument, personal opinion, or misguided outlook, to defend or condone voting otherwise. Catholics must understand there is a hierarchical order of issues.. Abortion and the right to Life is #1 front and Center. You get that one wrong and there is something really wrong!!! Nothing else matters after that! Everything else would be built on sand!! God bless and strengthen all the faithful, courageous Priests, Deacons, and Bishops who speak out in Truth, Love and Clarity at this pivotal time in our world and within the Church. The sheep need faithful bold, courageous shepherd’s more than ever. Thank you again Archbishop Wenski for your clear guidance in your column. Just as stated in Ez 33:7-9, If you present the truth to the people and warn them and they refuse to heed your words they shall die for their guilt but you shall save yourself. We are at such a definitive and Clear time before us. The party of death or the party of life. Choose Life!!! God Bless and strengthen you Archbishop Wenski for the task you have been given at this time in History. Jesus we Trust in You!
Maria Wadsworth - 09/28/2020 02:03 AM
Thank you, Archbishop Wenski! We needed to hear this message from you! Life is a gift from God and the right to life is the first right guaranteed in our US Constitution! Given that our religious freedom and conscience rights are also at stake, we all need to vote accordingly!
Sonia - 09/27/2020 02:03 AM
Gracias Monseñor Thomas Wenski por su valiosa información. Dios me lo bendiga abundantemente🙏🏻
Maria C Cruz - 09/25/2020 10:04 PM
Thank you, Archbishop Wenski for writing about this very important topic. We really appreciate your guidance. Respecting life from conception to natural death shouldn’t even be a discussion item! How good is it to help the poor, the immigrant, practice social justice, and/or everything else brought up by those upset by your column, if there is no life to enjoy any of it? Why do some people avoid calling a baby, a baby? How can anyone be against euthanasia and believe that killing babies is o.k.? How can anyone be against capital punishment, but not against abortion? Please keep talking and writing about this. Let’s pray that their hearts be touched, and innocent lives saved! Thank you, again, and may God bless you!
Monica Flores - 09/25/2020 09:22 PM
This is message is simply disappointing.It seems we have become increasingly divided after the elections in 2016. In the Bible, Jesus clearly stated that we must love one another as Jesus loved us. We must be accepting of ALL people. It is unethical to insinuate that members of the church should cast their vote based on the topic of abortion. What happened to the kids in cages, deaths by gun violence, the pedophilia associated with the church, the problems with the healthcare system, and the thousands of people who have died of COVID-19 due to constant downplaying of the virus by political officials? It is a shame to see that the church is “guiding people to vote” based on something that contradicts the love that Jesus showed for everyone.
Deacon John Lorenzo - 09/24/2020 08:34 PM
My dear Catholic brothers and sisters, Being Catholic is very special. We believe in so many things that are not what the world believes in. Sometimes our faith is tested as it is being tested today. What do we do or say when confronted with situations that conflict with what we are taught by our Catholic teaching? Especially government laws that condone outrageous acts against humanity. Acts, that common sense tells us are detrimental to our society. Through God's love, He created the human being with a free will to do whatever we desire. Being Catholic, if there is uncertainty in what we should do or say, concerning the November 3rd presidential election, do what you believe is the will of God. God bless the United States of America.
Maria Barni Hopkins - 09/23/2020 01:54 PM
Bravo Archbishop Wenski!!!
Babette Estrada - 09/22/2020 10:13 PM
God bless you Archbishop Wenski for having the courage of speaking and guiding the truth of God to your flock where they are so many wolves In a time that so many are scared and intimidated to speak the truth. May God protect and guide you.
Nidia Mendez - 09/22/2020 06:38 PM
Thanks!!!!!! El pueblo catolico necesita que nuestros pastores hablen claro respecto a estas elecciones tan importantes para el futuro de este país, y por ende, para el resto del mundo. Es increíble que hayan tantos catolicos confundidos a estas alturas del juego! Estamos librando una batalla entre el bien y el mal, y tenemos que orar y actuar. Gracias monseñor Wenski! Que el Señor lo bendiga y nos proteja a todos.
Guillermina Seaton - 09/22/2020 02:57 PM
RE: Maria Lucila : Contestando a tu pregunta, y que yo también me he hecho esa misma pregunta de "Como se entiende,como se explica que el Papa Francisco (Sucesor de Pedro, Vicario de Cristo) los reciba y los abrace? "(no creo que los apoye , esa es tu percepcion...)" He encontrado la respuesta en la Biblia: en Mateo 9:9-13 9 Jesús continuó su camino. Al pasar vio a un hombre llamado Mateo que estaba sentado en su despacho de recaudación de impuestos, y le dijo: — Sígueme. Mateo se levantó y lo siguió. 10 Más tarde, estando Jesús sentado a la mesa en casa de Mateo, acudieron muchos recaudadores de impuestos y gente de mala reputación, que se sentaron también a la mesa con Jesús y sus discípulos. 11 Los fariseos, al verlo, preguntaron a los discípulos: — ¿Cómo es que su Maestro se sienta a comer con esa clase de gente? 12 Jesús lo oyó y les dijo: — No necesitan médico los que están sanos, sino los que están enfermos. 13 A ver si aprendéis lo que significa aquello de: Yo no quiero que me ofrezcan sacrificios, sino que sean compasivos. Yo no he venido a llamar a los buenos, sino a los pecadores.
Jackie - 09/22/2020 01:38 PM
Disappointed with this exhortation, Archbishop Wenski. Although it is seasoned with tones that the institutional church does not endorse a political party, certain references you make conveys that the Catholic is to vote for the candidate that is anti-abortion (e.g. “yet abortion is a *grave violation* of the most fundamental human right — the right to life that is inherent in all human beings, and that grounds every other right we possess.”). Although I wholeheartedly find and defend the right to life, my views expands beyond the fetus. I would say it is a *grave violation* to put children in cages, to kill inmates, to strip away asylum protection from refugees, to undermine an international pandemic, to take away healthcare protection, etc. Any violation, at any stage of life, is incoherent to our faith. Finally your final statement that “some Catholics in public life promote positions on human life that are not coherent with their Catholic faith is a scandal and while they may claim to be “practicing” Catholics, it is obvious that they need to practice a whole lot more — until they get it right[,]” is applicable to ALL Catholics, including you and me. We are all “practicing” until we get it right.
miguel cruz - 09/22/2020 01:13 PM
Pope Pius X: “Liberal Catholics are wolves in sheep’s clothing” “Let priests take care not to accept from the liberal any ideas which, under the mask of good, pretend to reconcile justice with iniquity. Liberal Catholics are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The priest must unveil to the people their perfidious plot, their iniquitous design. You will be called Papist, clerical, retrograde, intolerant, but pay no heed to the derision and mockery of the wicked. Have courage; you must never yield, nor is there any need to yield. You must go into the attack whole-heartedly, not in secret but in public, not behind barred doors, but in the open, in the view of all.” Pope Pius X
tilky lopez blanco - 09/22/2020 12:23 PM
Totally agree with Monseignor Wenski, we have a duty to protect all human life, from conception to death, specially when they are defenseless and vulnerable!...The one that is without sin, can throw the first stone! I believe we all need to practice a whole lot more until we get it right.
Maria Elena (Kiki) Valdes - 09/22/2020 11:54 AM
Thank you, Archbishop Wenski, for this column reflecting the position of our Catholic faith in these critical issues that are at stake in these elections at different levels. Many of our fellow Catholics may be confused about the issues and others are pro-abortion. Unfortunately, I don't hear any priests explaining the Catholic stans as you describe in your column. They need to speak to their parishioners. This is not about politics; it's about speaking the truth and it is urgently needed. The Catholic message is silent in our Miami churches. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Maria Lucila - 09/22/2020 08:38 AM
En la Argentina ganaron candidatos que apoyan y defienden el aborto. Y el papa los recibe, abraa, apoya. Como se entiende,como se explica?
Jose & Eileen Ortega - 09/22/2020 07:54 AM
Thank you Archbishop Wenski for this timely letter. We have been praying for some moral clarity from the church concerning this election and your letter will help voters in their decision making. The choices are very clear as to who will protect the unborn. God bless you!
marita prieto - 09/22/2020 07:50 AM
I would quote one of my best friends..... "So you would rather support a TOTALLY immoral and amoral demagogue that pays lip service to the abortion issue"
Ed Kolo - 09/22/2020 02:49 AM
Well said Archbishop Wenski! At a time when many church leaders are hesitant to challenge Catholics on their responsibilities come Election Day, you reminded us that we are not to be people who follow the party of the left or the party of the right but rather the Party of the Lamb. God Bless You! YBIC, Ed Kolo
C. D. Naranjo - 09/21/2020 09:37 PM
Thank you Archbishop for taking a stance in defense of our faith and it’s moral teachings. Your flock is hungry for strong leadership such as this. God bless you.
Lorenzo Rodriguez - 09/21/2020 09:01 PM
Your Excellency I thank you and congratulate you on your clear message of truth to your flock. And I pray that more Bishops get the courage to speak as clear as you have!
Antonio - 09/21/2020 09:00 PM
Excelente mensaje del Arzobispo Wenski. Pero porqué la iglesia no excomulga a los políticos Católicos que apoyan y promueven las leyes en favor del aborto?
Antonio Durance - 09/21/2020 08:49 PM
Why the church does not excommunicate the Catholic politicians that promote and support the abortions? It will send clear message to those politicians
Bill Brown - 09/21/2020 07:59 PM
Thank you Archbishop for clearly shepparding your flock. You clarity is welcomed and much needed. Count on my prayer support as you continue to lead. Blessings!
Adelia Ferreira-Larios - 09/21/2020 07:57 PM
I’d love if our Archbishop Were more direct to the Point. “Catholics can not vote for democrats” as Fe James Altman. No polític correctness in the Church, please. It’s a mortal sin to vote for a candidate that supports Abortion, gays matrimonies and euthanasia, period. No more games of words that confuses more than clarifies. Either we’re with God or Against. Hot or Cold. God does’nt accept Warm people.
mike alba - 09/21/2020 07:29 PM
THANK YOU ARCHBISHOP WENSKI FOR YOUR DOCUMENT "POLITICS, VOTING AND CATHOLIC TEACHING 9/18/2020. As our Bishop and teacher in faith and morals your words will be our guide in VOTING RIGHT on Nov 3,2020
Manuel Callirgos - 09/21/2020 07:06 PM
Unfortunately, we do not have only one commandment and there is more ways than one to interfere with life, love, and God's creation. Death Penalty should also be considered in the same way of abortion. The Environment and the Health Care damage are slower ways to also kill people...God's creation. Like it says in the link above; The Church does not support or oppose candidates, nor does any political party reflect the fullness of Catholic Social Teaching in its entirety. So we need to choose for the less damage.
Rafael Bezos - 09/21/2020 05:21 PM
Thanks Mons Wenski because there are many Catholics who are very confused. Blessings
Orlando Rubiano - 09/21/2020 04:53 PM
Thank you Archbishop Wenski for your timely and Holy Spirit filled column. We as Catholics need to hear more from our archbishops/bishops on this matter of developing an informed conscience. The upcoming election will have serious consequences going forward if people of faith (respecting the right to life, religious freedom, traditional marriage, etc...) are not elected or not re-elected. Also, I could not agree with you more regarding the fact that there are too many Catholic public office holders that claim they are practicing their faith (privately perhaps) but not in the public arena. We cannot say that we privately oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and the like, and then vote for measures or candidates that clearly opposes Catholic teaching. It is a grave insult and sin against God! Thank you again for bringing up and speaking to these most important issues to the general electorate and, in particular, to Catholic voters. Yours in Christ, Orlando Rubiano
Hugo Castro - 09/21/2020 03:38 PM
Thank you Archbishop Wenski for your guidance letter of September 18th, regarding the general election of November 3rd. At this time, when our basic human rights are threatened and violated by the political process, due to irresponsible conduct of principals; we must stand firm on our Catholic faith and vote in favor of our moral values, and protect life! We continue to pray for you and your Ministry. Hugo A. Castro President La Salle Foundation
Aimee Bamieh - 09/21/2020 01:42 PM
How can the archdiocese of Miami take a stance against abortion without bringing up or mentioning the mass hysterectomies being performed on detained immigrant women by ICE? We should really stop judging whether other Catholics are truly practicing and just worry about ourselves.
Mercedes - 09/21/2020 01:36 PM
Gracias a Dios damos por tenerlo a usted como nuestro guía espiritual en esta ciudad. Nuestra Fe catolica nos guia a defender la Vida en todas sus formas a través de nuestra existencia, pero los catolicos a veces Nos confundimos en de fender solo el derecho a Nacer y nos quedamos con eso, creo que se comete un gran error y tenemos que defender todas las formas de Vida.Por eso hay que analizar con mucho cuidado a cada candidato , en su manera de defender a los más necesitados , a los más indefensos ,y defendernos de toda injusticia. Y no solo considerar si está o No a favor del aborto. Dios Padre , Hijo y Espíritu Santo lo llenen de sabiduría para poder guiar a este rebaño tan contradictorio y pecador. Mi respeto y agradecimiento por su orintacion. Suya en Cristo.
Lisa Shelly - 09/21/2020 12:45 PM
God bless you, Archbishop Wenski, for the wise shepherding of us, your flock.
WILSON PINEROS - 09/21/2020 12:18 PM
Finally our church decided to be clear in what we have to do, there are not grey areas if we are Catholics, hopefully we will vote for the right person.
Teresita O Flores - 09/21/2020 10:49 AM
Arzobispo Wensky,muy bueno, aclaratorio y necesario artículo. Lo felicito. Que Dios lo acompañe. Bendiciones
Carlos Sanchez A - 09/21/2020 10:27 AM
Thank you Archbishop Wenski! I pray that your words lead all our Christian brothers and sisters to make a point in this election for the defense of the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, as indicated in the Doctrine of the Catholic Church. May God bless the USA. Yours in Christ, Carlos and Norma Sanchez
Lisabet Rodriguez - 09/20/2020 10:48 PM
Congratulations Archbishop Wenski on this clear and straightforward document. It gives faithful Catholics a clear path on what we must do to be in communion with the Church and to do the Will of The Father. As a Catholic, I am often saddened with the ambiguity displayed by many of our clergy and leaders when we hunger for is direction and leadership in doing what is right. I am proud that both my Parish, St. Augustine under Fr. Vigoa and my Archdioses under your direction are leading us on the clear path we need to follow for Salvation. May the Holy Spirit continue to enlighten you and all Church leaders as you lead the way with courage and clarity. Thank you!
lopicam - 09/20/2020 10:28 PM
Finally the topic was discussed! But I have a question: Why are so few parish priest or priests who almost/never talk about abortion and the attitude of a Catholic towards it?
Valli Leone - 09/20/2020 09:19 PM
Thank you, Archbishop, for addressing this upcoming election. As a lifelong Pro-life Catholic, committed in ministry to this incredible faith, I will cast my vote according to Micah 6:8 and Matthew 25:31–46. I will vote with gladness for honesty, intelligence,decency and respect. With courage I will continue to campaign for freedom and justice for all, regardless of race, color or creed. May the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in the Catholic vote on November 3. Holy Spirit, have your way! ✝️⚓️💜
Jean Verde - 09/20/2020 09:17 PM
It is with great pleasure that I give thanks to the Lord and Archbishop Wenski for Standing on the TRUTH. Thankyou Archbishop!
Peter Nichold - 09/20/2020 08:55 PM
Got it. So vote for he who is kind to immigrants, works for the good of the poor, understands racism and actively disavows it. More importantly respects the lives he can actually save, the victims of Covid 19. Two hundred thousand and counting. Thanks for your service, got you message. Will share, Paul Nichols
Ana Maria Roca - 09/20/2020 03:38 PM
Rob & Colleen McLaughlin - 09/20/2020 03:17 PM
Bravo Archbishop Wenski!! We are so proud to see our Archbishop shepherding his flock so beautifully. We truly are blessed to have you as the head of our Archdiocese. May you continue to speak the truth and inspire our brothers and sisters in Christ to do what is right in this election! May God bless you abundantly! Yours in Christ, Rob and Colleen McLaughlin
Paulo Cruz - 09/20/2020 02:04 PM
Excelente mensaje. Es muy cierto que los católicos tenemos que ser más proactivos en la defensa de nuestras creencias y a pegarnos a nuestro catecismo y a las enseñanzas de nuestro Santo Padre el Papa Francisco. En estos momentos nuestra Santa Iglesia está siendo zarandeada como el viento al trigo, estos mensaje nos guían y nos aclaran nuestras dudas, porque siempre pensé que nuestra Iglesia era incluyente pero ahora veo claramente que tenemos que ser excluyentes con todos los que no están políticamente de acuerdo con nosotros principalmente en los temas de la dignidad humana, la misericordia, honestidad, moral y ética cristina. La dignidad humana que no es solamente el aborto; porque separar a un niño de sus padres y encarcelarlos como criminales es una falta mayúscula de humanidad Cristianismo. Respetar la vida en todos los sentidos porque si somos anti aborto pero apoyamos los demás abusos de falta de dignidad humana somos unos hipócritas NO al aborto, No a la Silla Eléctrica O la pena capital cualquier forma que sea. Estar en posición de poder y solo decir soy anti aborto pero no someto ninguna ley o ante proyecto de ley anti aborto o anti muerte y no suspendo las ayudas federales a los programas anti vida es falta de cristianismo. Un católico jamás podrá apoyar a un candidato que diga que Nuestro Señor JESUCRISTO Sacramentado es solo un pedazo de galleta. Porque de hacerlo comete un pecado capital. Gracias Mon Señor por aclararnos las dudas y seguir los lineamentos de nuestro Santo Papa Francisco, que dijo “quien construye muros no es cristiano”. Att: Paulo Cruz
Jose Ramon Diaz - 09/20/2020 12:01 PM
Archbishop Wenski. Please receive my congratulations and thanks for this really needed article. I am convinced that important religious and moral issues that you as our Shepherd can offer us as thirsty practicing Roman Catholics are need. Please do not ever assume that “We should know the common sense basics , the older I become the more I realize how little we know and in top of that, with the media confusing us more , your guidance is needed now more that ever. Thank you very much and I wish we had done this 6 months ago so we would not have to say “ Tuesday, November 3rd, is Election Day (although many of us already will have voted through mail or at an early voting location). Archbishop Wenski please receive all the love from me in Christ our Lord, Jose Ramon Diaz
Margarita Vazquez-Bello - 09/20/2020 10:19 AM
Thank you for finally saying what needs to be said. There is no greater sin than taking someones life and that includes the unborn child. Bravo to Archbishop Wenski. We need more clergy to speak up and defend our Catholic beliefs.
Liliana Sanchez - 09/19/2020 11:21 PM
Excellent column! I’m a proud Catholic that is even prouder of her Bishop!!! Thank you for speaking the TRUTH. There are so many other “Catholics” out there spreading false information. We truly need our leaders to speak up like you did in this column.
Angela - 09/19/2020 10:30 PM
Amen! Thank You Father, this is what we needed to hear from you. Clarity. God Bless You
Tania R Alvarez - 09/19/2020 08:10 PM
Since voting is a very responsable matter, I suggest that the archidiosis implement a prayer in the Offerings of each daily and Sunday Mass that relates to the importance of voting for the right candidate reminding the points of abortion, civil rights, since we are all brothers and sisters of Jesus, unity and peace in our communities. EWTN pray every day at every Mass for our President, Congressmen, Representatives and Community Leaders. Why can we not do it in Florida?
Dario Polanco - 09/19/2020 07:32 PM
I agree with the content of this letter. Will excellent if all priests follow your guidelines.
RosaMaria Canton - 09/19/2020 06:59 PM
Gracias por publicar este artículo con esta información que tanta falta nos hace a todos los Catolicos para aclarar muchos puntos y más en estos tiempos tan difíciles en estas elecciones! Nos ayuda a reforzar las enseñanzas de nuestra Fe Cristiana. Dios nos proteja y bendiga a todos.
Maria de los Angeles Angeles Hernandez-Pistorino - 09/19/2020 06:25 PM
Excellent Article! Hats off to you Archibishop Thomas Wenski!
Carmen F Gonzalez - 09/19/2020 02:39 PM
I am glad the Church has finally and unequivocal has given a statement that helps voters make a decision based on our Christian’s beliefs.
Carmen F Gonzalez - 09/19/2020 02:39 PM
I am glad the Church has finally and unequivocal has given a statement that helps voters make a decision based on our Christian’s beliefs.
America Martinez - 09/19/2020 12:50 PM
Finally clarification. Alleluia. Amen
Bernie Macias - 09/19/2020 11:19 AM
THANK YOU your Excellency for having the courage to clearly state what is at risk in these elections as far as us Catholics is concerned. Your statements are well documented in our faith and very clearly stated. I am very dismayed by what I refer to as “buffet style Catholics” who do not have a clear understanding of our Fifth Commandment and project themselves as Catholics but defend and promote Pro Choice. I am proud to be a Catholic and equally proud and grateful to have you sir as our Archbishop. To the Immaculate Conception we entrust the USA and to the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus we comment and consecrate our nation. May Hid bless America and May be always be One Nation under God indivisible!

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