Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

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Before the ballot, Atlanta faithful can find guidance on social teaching

Published October 20, 2016

ATLANTA—A series of videos created by the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Atlanta is available to help Catholic voters.

The videos, most of them only a few minutes long, highlight moral values to guide Catholics as Election Day draws near.

The topics cover a range of moral issues without telling people how to vote. Included among the video subjects are “a well-formed conscience,” protecting human life, immigration and promoting justice.

“Suffering is just not somewhere else, or someone else’s suffering. It is our own, and it takes place in our very dioceses and communities,” said Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

He said the videos are designed to help people understand the moral concerns. “It is important we all apply the principles of our faith to our participation in the development of national, state, and local public policy,” he said.

“It is clear no political party reflects the wholeness of Catholic social teaching in its entirety,” he said. And the church does not endorse or oppose for public office any candidate, he said.

This series of eight videos is a starting point to prepare for the elections and hold public officials accountable, he said. The topics featured are ones the church feels public leaders “should morally address for the benefit of the common good,” he said.

In the Catholic tradition, participation in civic life and shaping public policy is done by voting, the archbishop said. “We vote because we are citizens. We vote conscientiously because we are people of faith,” he said.

Catholic social teaching is a consistent moral framework to shape public policy and spur Catholics toward “working to defend life, pursue justice, help make God’s kingdom present and heal the brokenness of the world,” he said. The mission is to shape policies that help all, he added.

Go online to learn more

The archdiocesan videos, along with links to faithful citizenship information from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, can be viewed at http://archatl.com/catholic-life/faithful-citizenship/.

The Georgia Bulletin website also includes a number of articles on the election issues, located on the newspaper’s website at http://georgiabulletin.org/beat/election/.