Election 2012

April 26, 2012

This year, Catholic voters face critical choices as we help decide who will lead our nation, states and communities. Government officials face stark choices about who will benefit and who will suffer because of the decisions they make. Will those decisions be based on the common good* or will they serve only to enrich the already super-wealthy and divide us further? Will they foster economic justice and peace? Or will our nation become mired in injustice and division?

Realizing how important this election is, Columbans have joined with a coalition of national Catholic organizations (listed below) and are working to create common-good* platform for each state and the District of Columbia, which will be signed and delivered to candidates and public officials. Each of these 51 individual platforms will be written with the input of people in that state or the District of Columbia, and they will include a national preamble designed to outline a common-good perspective.

Individuals, groups and parishes will hold dialogue sessions designed to gather input for the state platforms. If you are interested in leading a session, all of the materials you will need are available on our website. Please look first at our introductory letter, and then examine all of the documents in the dialogue session packet. Finally, upon completion of your session, please complete the summary form and return it to Michelle Knight mmknight@columban.org OR 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 209, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Election 2012: Catholics Vote for the Common Good project partners:

*“The common good is the total of all those conditions of social living – economic, political, sociological and cultural – which make it possible for women and men readily and fully to achieve the perfection of their humanity. Individual rights are always experienced within the context of the promotion of the common good.

Catholic social thought’s vision of promoting the common good involves working on developing in society all those conditions of social living through which each and every person can be enabled to achieve their authentic human development more fully.”

Edward P. Deberri, James E. Hug, Peter J. Henriot, and Michael J. Schultheis, “Catholic Social Teaching Our Best Kept Secret” (Orbis Books, Fourth Edition, 2004) 23