Monday, September 15, 2008

Discernment at the heart

A little over a week ago, the Prime Minister of Canada visited the Governor General, asking her to disolve the sitting federal parliament, and effectively kicking off the campaign which will lead Canadians to the polls on October 14 of this year.

For many years now, the bishops of Canada have issued documents at times such as these which they hope will act as guides to make people aware of the issues at hand, and sharpen our awareness of how to ask the proper questions. The guidance given by the bishops is not aimed at persuading individual voters to elect particular individuals but rather at making Catholics aware of the questions that need to be asked and to encourage Catholics to voice their concerns with political candidates.

The Federal Election 2008 Guide lists some basic moral principles from Catholic moral teaching to help voters examine and evaluate public policy and programs.

More information can be found on the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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