20 Feb 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Is Lenten penance something voluntarily sought, or does it mean just accepting difficulties passively?

Full Question I always thought Lent was a time for voluntary penance to prepare us for Easter, but a sister who gave a talk here last year said that was a …

Read more

31 Oct 2015 Q&A No comments

Popes, Bishops, do they go to confession and to whom?

“Your Holiness", “Your eminence", “Your excellency", are ways to address a Pope, a Cardinal, and a Bishop respectively. These titles, especially “Your Holiness"…

Read more

16 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

Who is the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15: Eve or Mary?

Full Question I've heard it said that the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15 is Eve, not Mary. What does the Church teach? Answer Pope Pius IX, in…

Read more

26 Sep 2016 News USA Vatican Comments (2)

Child saint recorded opening eyes in AMAZING supernatural video

A miracle was recorded at the Cathedral of Guadalajara when Santa Inocencia Bares (St. Innocence Bares), whose body is on display, blinked her eyes. St. Inno…

Read more

27 May 2016 Vatican Comments (3)

Italian cardinal who was John XXIII’s private secretary dies aged 100

Cardinal Capovilla 'kept alive the legacy of Pope John' Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served as private secretary to Blessed Pope John XXIII, has died at the a…

Read more

01 Oct 2014 Galleries and Compilations Comments (19)

List of Popes from Peter to Francis

Pope according to Wikipedia: The Pope (Latin: papa; from Greek: πάππας pappas, a child's word for father) is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide…

Read more

03 Nov 2014 Articles Comments (8)

What happens when a Pope dies?

Regardless of the circumstances, when a Pope dies certain procedures specified in Church law, specifically the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, …

Read more

26 Apr 2016 Vatican No comments

Friends of Dorothy Day commend important step in her sainthood cause

The Archdiocese of New York announced a canonical inquiry into Day's life last week The recent update in the sainthood cause for American Catholic icon Dorothy…

Read more

03 Aug 2016 News No comments

Police drag Gallican priest out of Paris church in anti-demolition protests

Thirty people barricaded themselves inside the church of St Rita A Gallican priest has been dragged out of Mass by Paris police in an evacuation of a church ma…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

Throw your political affiliation out the window!

But you’re a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you’re a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important.

What’s crucially important is your affiliation with Jesus, and your commitment to his campaign – to his divine plan.

Are you voting for Jesus Christ?
Oh, but Jesus is not running for election. Oh, but yes he is!

He is running as an unborn baby threatened by abortion, a starving child, a poor mother whose resources have run out, a war-weary desperate father with five children, a hard-working undocumented immigrant, a Christian refugee fleeing ISIS, a Central American teenager seeking asylum from gang violence, a heroin addicted young man, a little child drinking polluted water, a lonely old woman with meager resources, a young sweatshop worker, a homeless man, a trafficked girl trapped in prostitution, and a seriously ill elderly lady informed that a physician is available to assist her in committing suicide.

Oh yes, Jesus is surely campaigning – for the vulnerable and poor, for the care of creation and for peace on earth.

However, sad to say, his party – the human race – is not leading in the polls. Most wealthy individuals, corporations and government office holders are far more interested in holding unto their riches and power than in voting for, and working for, the human race.

Consequently, countless members of the human race continue to suffer from war, war preparation, poverty, hunger, starvation, homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, environmental degradation, slave labor, trafficking, capital punishment, physician-assisted suicide and abortion.

The 2016 U.S. elections are of crucial importance not only for America, but for the human race. Because the U.S. is the world’s strongest military and economic power, the November elections are of great importance to the inhabitants of planet earth. That is exactly why it is crucial for Christians to enter the voting booth with a well-formed conscience based on Gospel values.
The compassionate integrity – or lack thereof – of the next president and members of Congress, will significantly determine how well, or how poorly, the human race does in the next several years.

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship", produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a very good election guide to help Catholics, all other Christians, and people of good will to make the best moral choices. The bishops are urging us to read the entire document.

In this document the bishops teach that as each person strives to form her/his conscience, it is essential “to embrace goodness and truth. For Catholics, this begins with a willingness and openness to seek the truth and what is right by studying Sacred Scripture and the teaching of the Church as contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church."

The bishops clarify that while we may choose different ways to respond to compelling social problems, “We cannot differ on our moral obligation to help build a more just and peaceful world through morally acceptable means, so that the weak and vulnerable are protected and human rights and dignity are defended."

May voters everywhere commit to voting for candidates who are most likely to work for the common good of the entire human race – especially for the poor, vulnerable, war-torn, and planet earth – our common home.

As faithful disciples of Jesus, let us never forget that when it comes to political elections, as well as in all matters, the Gospel trumps everything!

By Tony Magliano

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings about Catholic social teaching. His keynote address, “Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century,” has been well received by diocesan and parish gatherings from Santa Clara, Calif. to Baltimore, Md. Tony can be reached at


1 comment

  1. Doug Reply

    Undocumented alien? Seriously? They’re called “illegal” aliens” for a reason. When they come here illegally, they are criminals – period.

    We had better back off of all the liberal horse hockey and start trying to recover our nation. It’s possibly too late already.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories