October 14th, 2012 19:30 EST
Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Launches CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE
Catholics mean business this election year.
The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has launched CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE -- a free App for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices developed by priests and deacons to help anyone cast a responsible vote in any election using a well-formed conscience based on Catholic moral principles.
The Android version is available now in the Google Play Store, and the Windows version is available now in the Windows Phone Store. The iOS version will be available soon from the iTunes store. For any of the three versions, search CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE.
"Parties change; candidates change; political issues change," said Fr. John Trigilio, president of the CCC. "But Catholic Values are the same yesterday, today ... and forever. The CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE App is timeless in its usefulness because of that. It will provide informative, empowering information in advance of the 2012 general election -- and it will continue to fulfill its mission well into the future."
Fr. Trigilio discussed CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE with host Raymond Arroyo on EWTN`s The World Over on Oct. 4. View the interview online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTAR0ufUfkA&feature=plcp.
The App focuses on six vital issues that every citizen -- regardless of religious belief -- should weigh in casting his or her ballot -- Right to Life, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Marriage, Private Property, Access to Essential Goods, and War & Peace. Information consistent with the teaching Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church offers insight into each issue that is based on solid Catholic principles.
"Parish priests and deacons formulated this non-partisan guide," said CCC Executive Director Thomas McKenna. "It is meant to help voters make an intelligent decision on Election Day -- informed by faith and reason. It is a useful tool that voters can take right into the voting booth with them to assist them in voting according to their faith principles. We are excited and pleased to offer this App to American voters on the eve of such a critical general election."
CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE uses the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) letter Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith`s (CDF) letter Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion (written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI) as foundations. CCC members designed the App to identify, clarify and prioritize fundamental non-negotiable values that affect every citizen and every human being.
"The issues the CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE focuses on affect every American regardless of religious belief," Fr. Trigilio said. "Any voter can use this App to understand more clearly and completely the different sides of these issues based on the longstanding teachings of our Catholic Faith."
"We encourage everyone to do two things between now and Nov. 6," McKenna added. "Be certain they are registered to vote, and download this Free App and use it as they weigh their choices on Election Day."
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