Catholic, other religious groups endorse ‘Faithful Democracy’ statement

Six Catholic organizations have joined with other religious groups and denominational bodies in endorsing a wide-ranging platform ahead of next year’s presidential election calling for good governance, election security and and incentives to encourage people to vote as well as policies to ensure voting rights for the marginalized and people of color.

Religious groups made effort to drive their flocks to midterm voting

Just before the polls opened on Election Day on the West Coast, the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara in California tweeted a photo of Brother Sam Nasada in a brown habit holding a sign, imploring others to vote, using a quote from Pope Francis: “Indifference is dangerous.”

Make voting ‘down ballot’ a top priority

Over the past several months, many faithful Catholics have expressed deep dissatisfaction with this year’s presidential election, and understandably so: Neither major party candidate seems personally guided by a consistent ethic of life, and there are deep, concerning questions about the character of both.