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Flashback: Catholic Voters Guidance

In light of the Manhattan Declaration, we revist a 2008 CNN newscast about Catholic voting guidance.  Catholic voters were told that they could vote for abortion rights candidates so long as other issues, such as war, were weighed and considered. Abortion is a great evil according to the Catholic Church.

Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christians united to draft the Manhattan Declaration, to

… reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

1. the sanctity of human life
2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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