A Message from Father Nathaniel
As your pastor, I want to encourage you to actively participate in society by helping others – locally and throughout the world. An important aspect of helping others is to exercise our rights and duties as faithful citizens by voting in elections. Please VOTE. This page will provide you with information on the upcoming election, with helpful links to other trusted sources.
As Catholics, our faith must be the driver of our ballot, not allegiance to any political party or candidate. We need to educate ourselves about the teachings of the Church so that we can defend and promote our most important values. While very few candidates support causes entirely along the lines of Catholic teaching, it is important that Catholics fulfill their duty to elect representatives that will best support the values of the Church. All of the listed values in the hierarchy are important, but some are more foundational and therefore require more priority. For instance, the Church teaches that the sanctity of life is the fundamental, original predicate for all other rights, needs, and desires. No other values can be coherently discussed without the right to life. From the foundation of life, all other values are discerned in promotion of genuine human flourishing and the common good. After the right to life, comes the value of marriage and family, the primary relationship within society and the best environment for the wellbeing of adults and children. Then religious liberty, our first cherished freedom, which is consistently under threat of government overreach. Further down the hierarchy concerns the overall health of society, in our community, our state, and ultimately our country and world. We have collected several different resources on this page to help you develop your understanding of these issues. I found the Colorado Catholic Conference hierarchy of values to be most helpful, you might consider starting there.
And I would ask that you PRAY. Pray that we pass just laws and elect leaders who will care for all people, especially the most vulnerable. Election Prayer
Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Do you need to update your address? Has your name changed?
You can register to vote, or just check on the current status of your voter registration: HERE
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
While very few candidates support causes entirely along the lines of Catholic social teaching, it is important that Catholics fulfill their duty to elect representatives that will best support the values of the Church. All of the listed values in the hierarchy are important, but some are more foundational and therefore require more priority. For instance, the Church teaches that the sanctity of life is the fundamental, original predicate for all other rights, needs, and desires. No other values can be coherently discussed without the right to life. Interested in learning more please go to the Colorado Catholic Conference website. Additional links below:
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: click HERE This is an excellent website with a lot of great information. A good starting point is the 2 minute video called “Catholics Participate in Public Life”
EWTN Specific Moral Issues in Voting: click HERE
Bishop Sheridan’s article – Sep 18, 2020: click HERE
Prop 115 – End Late-Term Abortion in Colorado
Colorado is one of seven states in America that has no restrictions on the gestational age of a child for an abortion. Prop 115 (formerly Initiative 120) would restrict abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks — with an exception for the life of the mother. The Colorado bishops encourage all Catholics to vote FOR Prop 115. For the Colorado Bishops’ letter: click HERE
For complete information about Prop 115: click HERE
The bishops and priests do not tell Catholics who to vote for; the responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience, aided by prudence. This exercise of conscience begins with always opposing policies that violate human life or weaken its protection. To assist you, see the nonpartisan candidate comparisons below:
We have not been able to locate other nonpartisan candidate comparison information, for state and local elections. Party platform comparison information (link above) may be your best means of comparing candidates for these offices.
For other ballot issues in addition to Prop 115, the Colorado Catholic Conference web site (link above) contains information regarding Amendment 76 and Propositions 116 and 118.
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