So Is Your Priest Telling You How To Vote?
I Didn’t Think So
Odds are, he’s probably too cowed by is own Bishop, secular authorities, his own congregation, the press and the “intelligentsia” to say anything, even when the sermon cries out for a discussion on the topic.
After hearing one of my favorite passages in the Gospels, the “Render unto Caesar” confrontation between Jesus as the Pharisees, our priest broached the subject of what belongs to secular government and what belongs to God in the context of elections and choices made by voters. Unfortunately, he wound up wasting a good opportunity to clarify the Catechism to those who ignore it.The priest prefaced his remarks by noting that we have the freedom not to vote, as well as the freedom to vote.
That’s a dodge, of course. Perhaps it’s a symptom of moral cowardice (speaking in generalities), but I might be ungenerous to say that. More likely, it comes from the compromised position that the clergy finds itself in, mixed with decades of training and (now) tradition in sugar coating painful truths with soothing talk.
And there’s the crime and the pity. Just when we need moral leadership the most, it’s hardest to find.