Faithful Citizenship as Catholics
by Bishop John B. Brungardt
Last Sunday the Gospel was Matthew 22:15-21, including Jesus responding to the Pharisees: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” We contribute to the common good by participating in our society as faithful citizens (see Catechism #2234-2246). At times, “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
One way we participate in the common good as Catholics is to be involved in the political process. Archbishop Naumann, Bishop Weisenburger, Bishop Kemme and I recently produced a series of four videos highlighting some of the important concerns of today, concerns that our Catholic faith addresses: life, marriage, religious liberty, and the economy (the injustice of usury). I encourage you to view these teachings of the shepherds of Kansas. They can be found on our website, http://www.dcdiocese.org/, and at the Kansas Catholic Conference website: http://www.kscathconf.org/.
The U.S. Bishops teach: “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do” (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 13). [for more details, see the U.S. Bishops website: http://www.usccb.org/ Pull down the menu “Issues and Action” and choose “Faithful Citizenship.”]
Let us be informed regarding the issues, learn the voting records of the candidates, analyze the positions of the candidates, prayerfully discern where the Lord is leading you, and vote.