Kansas Catholic Bishops have issued “Election Year Questions and Answers”–a brochure “to help clarify the implications of candidates’ positions on issues of importance to Catholics.” It states that
Catholics must gives precedence to issues that directly involve matters of intrinsic moral evil: abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and same-sex marriage.
It reminds that, as Cardinal Ratzinger explained before he became Pope Benedict XVI, “Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia…There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
The Kansas document was distributed statewide over the past 2 weekends in local church bulletins. It restates the Catholic opposition to this year’s new health care reform because it “fails to protect conscience rights” of health care providers and will also “force some Americans to pay directly for other people’s abortions.”
The Q & A does not discuss or recommend parties or candidates but is a follow up to the more extensive guidelines issued 2006 under the title, “Moral Principles for Catholic Voters.”
In that document, the Bishops stated, “it is a correct judgment of conscience that we would commit moral evil if we were to vote for a candidate who takes a permissive stand on those actions that are intrinsically evil when there is a morally-acceptable alternative.”