Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Lately, the diocese has received a number of calls from concerned parishioners regarding this year’s presidential election and it has presented me with this opportunity to urge you to vote. Early Voting begins Saturday, October 22 in Clark County, check your sample ballot for details on where you can vote early.
As Catholic’s we are called by Christ to be light to the world, and to shine our light by living our Catholic values. It is our responsibility as citizens of the United States to vote on Election Day and let our vote be our voice. Voting is not just a privilege but it is our responsibility.
Before heading to the polls to cast our ballots, we should take into consideration the candidates and party platforms and then in good conscience decide which candidate does not compromise our moral values. We should take the same approach in viewing politics in which we are called to view all things, through the eyes of our faith. The teachings of the Church should be our guide when evaluating the important issues facing our nation.
Our national and state elected officials have profound influence on matters of great significance, and unless we vote and let that be our voice, we have done an injustice to society. We must consider the issues as we form our consciences in preparation for voting. Unfortunately, there is rarely a candidate who will agree with the Church on every issue.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently published a document called, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”. The document is a guide to help us to better understand the gravity of issues that face our society. For example, in some instances, one concern outweighs other concerns; this is when we should use prudent judgement.
This year as you make your way to the polls for early voting or on Election Day, I ask that you are mindful of your Catholic beliefs and values. Let us preserve a climate of dignity and respect in our society.
Assuring you of my continued prayers, I remain
Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.