Catholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First



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ABSTRACTCatholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First | LifeNews.com LifeNews.com Catholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First by Steven Ertelt | St. Augustine, FL | LifeNews.com | 9/28/12 7:32 PM Print Email National The Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez, the Bishop of St. Augustine, Florida, is out with a new column about the issues that matter most for Catholic voters, and he makes it clear pro-life values on abortion are the number one priority. As Catholic Christians we have always believed that voting and participating in our community is not just a privilege but also a responsibility. We are called by Christ to be salt and light to the world, and to infuse the culture around us with the values of our faith. And so I urge you to take your Catholic beliefs, values and consciences into the voting booth with you. I would not tell you how to vote or who to vote for, but it is my responsibility to remind you that, for us Catholics, some issues are simply never morally acceptable. The taking of an innocent human life, whether inside the womb or not, and up until natural death, is always and everywhere intrinsically evil. Such issues as embryonic stem cell research and attempts at human cloning are also direct attacks against the dignity and uniqueness of human life made in the image of God. Finally, preserving the dignity of traditional marriage is of central importance and must never be undermined because marriage is a cornerstone of any stable society. Any attempts to re-define marriage as something other than between a man and a woman, should be vigorously opposed by a Catholic as contrary to reason, the natural law, and the divinely revealed truths of the Bible. Beyond these fundamental issues, and closely related to them is the issue of religious liberty – our ability as Catholics to live our lives publicly according to our faith and morals at all levels of society. As Catholics we must first consider the various candidates and party platforms in light of those immutable issues I have mentioned above. Then, in good conscience, we must g.......