His Excellency Dennis M. Schnurr has issued a letter to his flock in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on the forthcoming election.  In it, he reminds archdiocesan representatives they may distribute only the “normative” materials generated by the USCCB (which we’ve discussed before), provides a good guide to forming one’s conscience, and then offers a refreshingly clear explanation of the importance of opposing intrinsic evils while using prudential judgment to generate responses to issues like unemployment, poverty, and immigration.  Read the whole thing, but here’s the “money” section:

In the Introductory Note of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, we bishops highlight a number of issues related to human life and dignity requiring our particular attention right now. Some involve opposition to intrinsic evils:

  • Ending abortion in our land and supporting the life and dignity of the sick and vulnerable;
  • Safeguarding the religious liberty of our ministries; and
  • Protecting the social institution of marriage.

Others, while involving prudential judgments in public policy, demand a response that cannot be dismissed:

  • Addressing unemployment and poverty;
  • Repairing our broken immigration system; and
  • Promoting peace abroad, especially in the Holy Land.

This list is not exhaustive, and opposing intrinsically evil actions that directly threaten the sanctity and dignity of life should have a special claim on our consciences as we choose between candidates who do not promote all of Catholic Social Teaching.

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