Tuesday, December 10, 2019

CrosierCast Episode 01: Keeping the Faith in a Contentious Election

Must Read

Obituary for Fr. Cormac Antram, OFM

A quiet man with a voice that resounded throughout the entire Navajo Nation Father Cormac Antram, O.F.M., will be remembered by many.

Fr. Cormac’s Navajo Legacy

By Martin Link Ever since Fr. Cormac Antram, OFM, came to Navajo Country in 1954, shortly after he was ordained,...

Diocese of Gallup Releases New List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse of Minors in other Dioceses

An announcement from Bishop James S. Wall regarding the new list: “Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, When I became the...
Suzanne Hammonshttp://dioceseofgallup.org
Suzanne Hammons is the editor of the Voice of the Southwest and the media coordinator for the Diocese of Gallup. A graduate of Benedictine College in Kansas, she joined the Diocesan staff in 2012.

(Click the “Play” button above to listen to this episode)

Welcome to CrosierCast, the new podcast hosted by our very own Bishop James Wall! Each week Bishop Wall will discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from popular culture to Gospel reflections to current world issues. Sitting in to present questions will be Suzanne Hammons, the Communications Director for the Diocese of Gallup.

Our topic this week: the 2016 election.

Has the election gotten you feeling stressed? You’re not alone, especially when it comes to voting with a clear conscience. Many voters are pointing to this year’s election as a major source in their lives, and this may ring especially true for Catholics who wish to exercise their right to vote. But what if you find yourself unable to choose a candidate? How to deal with the seemingly constant flow of vitriol and high emotions present in debates, the news and on social media?

In our first episode, Bishop Wall discusses how Catholics can fulfill their civic duties without violating their principals.

Discussion points:

01:55 – What should be the attitude of Catholic citizens in an election?
02:50 – Act always in love and charity – don’t attack
04:45 – How to act with a properly formed conscience
05:40 – What are the important issues facing Catholics in this election?
06:15 – What are “intrinsically evil” acts, and how do they tie into an election?
08:14 – Which issues can be left to “prudential judgement?”
11:24 – Should the Catholic Church simply stay out of politics?
 14:45 – What if a person cannot give their support to either candidate? What about state and local elections?
16:26 – What should Catholic candidates and politicians be mindful of?
19:28 – Should Catholics be afraid of alienating others when expressing their beliefs?
21:10 – How to express ourselves in love
22:25 – What history can teach us about the place of the Catholic faith in  elections and politics
24:05 – Why we should never vote blindly along party lines
23:00 – What are some good practices for keeping ourselves from falling into anger or despair over a stressful situation like an election?
27:11 – Use the Jubilee Year as an opportunity to practice mercy

Useful links:

Catholics in the Public Square, by Bishop Thomas Olmsted

ontheissues.org – View a politician’s official voting record and stance on a number of issues
Our God is Marching On: Speech given by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the role of religion and courageous activism in American politics

Comments

comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

video

INTO THE MYSTERY: Sacred Time

An in-depth examination of the theological concept of time.

Advertisement

Other recent stories:

Remembering Sister Patricia Bietsch

As an educator, Sr. Pat was passionate about ensuring every student being given the opportunity to learn. She pioneered religion classes for the handicapped students at St. Mary Mission in New Mexico.

Forging Friendships with America’s Forgotten and Overlooked Communities

For the elderly, single parents, or rural isolated, surviving and creating human connections can be an everyday struggle. So for the last 20 years, the volunteers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Tuba City AZ have been working to build a network of support throughout their community.

Everyday Heroes: Father, daughter make cross-country pilgrimage for life 

"For John Moore, each step is a prayer. And when you're walking the 2,800 miles from San Francisco to Washington, that's a lot of prayer."
audio

An Insider Breakdown of the Fall 2019 U.S. Bishops’ Meeting

Bishop Wall takes a look at all the important things happening at the annual November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Advertisement

More Articles Like This

Comments

comments