Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Props to Abp Niederauer and SFYAM

As November 7 approaches, various Bishops are talking about faith and politics. Def. check out Archbishop Niederauer of San Francisco (one of Pope Benedict's early appointees, if one recalls) in this awesome conversation with young adults at Theology on Tap, talking about faith and politics. "One of the scariest things ... is the vanishing of the political center." and "There's a lot more political grandstanding than statesmanship." Important issues? "Immigration, health care, certain aspects of foreign policy and globalization." (Ok, that was a partial quote so not sure what he left out.)

Hey ... other guys in mitres out there ... get the picture? Go talk with the young folk over some beer. Don't just publish a guide that is so darn confusing that it will sit at the back of a magazine rack in some parish, unopened. [Hat tip to Whispers. Rocco has some more cool links in that post.]

And major kudos to SFYAM for putting this up on the web.

And here's Cardinal George:
Catholics must form their consciences according to the social teaching of the Church and use that formation to make political choices, said Cardinal Francis George in his weekly column, published in his archdiocese’s “Catholic New World.”

“Conscience is not an excuse for doing something irrational,” the cardinal wrote in his column titled “Religion, reason, voting” just weeks before an election.

The cardinal-archbishop of Chicago noted that the dialogue between faith and reason in the United States becomes focused every couple of years during voting time.

He acknowledged that making political decision based on a conscience formed in Catholic social teaching “is not easy, because principles are clear but practice often is clouded by confusion of fact and the distraction of various forms of self-interest.

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