“Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” — (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011)
We are in the middle of the Fall 2014 Election Season. Every member of the US House, every member of the PA House of Representatives, one-third of the US Senate membership, and numerous PA State Senatorial contests are underway. In the case of the US Senate, at least as of this writing, it is very likely that control of the Senate, after the November 4th election results will likely shift from the Democrats to the Republicans.
As indicated by the U.S. Bishops, political participation for Catholics is not an option, but is moral obligation connected to caring for the common good. Nor it is simply sufficient to vote periodically; care for the public ream entails getting involved with interest groups and campaigns to advance the seven themes of Catholic social teaching.
In addition to promoting election registration information for the states in the Philadelphia tri-state region, the Wolfington Center on October 13th and 14th at 3:30pm in the Mansion will also be holding forums featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for the 13th U.S. Congressional District of Pennsylvania, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) and Mr. Dee Adcock (R). This race is important vis-à-vis Cabrini in that Norristown, where we have many community partnerships, lies within this Congressional district. The event flyer is available here: Public-Priorities-for-the-21st-Century
John Francis Burke, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Wolfington Center