What would it look like for the Catholic community in the United States to "win" an election? On the surface it may seem unsuitable for people of faith to ask such a question.  Regardless, it is a question that many seem to be asking in some form or another nowadays, and it is one for which we should have an answer. - Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinatti

We as Catholics are called to participate as faithful citizens in the 2012 election.  Election Day is November 6.  For voting times and locations in Ohio, click here. (Early voting information available here). 

In preparation for voting, visit the Faithful Citizenship website sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  faithfulcitizenship.org, as well as the Ohio Catholic Conference Election 2012 website page offering resources and Church teaching to help form the consciences of the faithful, including the distinction between issues of prudential judgment and intrinsic evils:

When it comes to specific issues regarding good and evil, right and wrong, there can be a legitimate difference of opinion—morally and politically—about how to remedy an evil or accomplish something good. However, the bottom line is that some things are intrinsically evil and can never be justified. Examples of intrinsic evils include abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and racism. Also included are any direct attacks upon the right to religious freedom and upon the God-given definition of marriage, both of which are integral to an authentic development of human society. There is no circumstance under which these attacks can be morally justified.

When it comes to our political choices, we U.S. Bishops teach: “A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil…if the voter’s intent is to support that position.” We also state that if a Catholic were to vote for such a candidate, it would be morally permissible only if the voter were motivated by “truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil” (Faithful Citizenship, 34-35).

It seems to me that an objective way to evaluate our choices from a moral point of view is to take a look at the platforms of the political parties, keeping in mind that not every candidate subscribes to everything in his or her party’s platform. We must ask ourselves not only whether these platforms promote what we think is good, but in what ways, if any, do they condone or promote things which are intrinsically evil. This question is incumbent upon us as persons responsible to God and neighbor. -
Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Bishop of Toledo. 
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Please join us in prayerful discernment and informed participation in our political process "to promote and protect human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace in service to the common good."  (FC Introduction 2011)

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