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Archbishop launches
book on Catholic Vote

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona launched his 74-page booklet, titled “The Catholic Vote, Top 30 Questions”, and said it could serve as a manual for group discussion of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in its continuing education activities.

He said the contents of the booklet must be reflected upon even though that “may open Pandora’s Box” in order to confront and know oneself.

The booklet is a three-part thematic reflection “On the Catholic Life, On the Catholic Vote, and On Catholic Public Square”.

Tirona urged Catholics to embrace, practice and spread the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, that “includes the renunciation of abortion, contraception, same-sex marriages, and euthanasia.”

He talked about a Catholic Heart that endures pain not for its own sake but for the good of others. “Fully aware that our mission is to be Christ’s disciples, we will experience pain and persecution.”

Tirona reflected on lack, or the absence of “Catholic Might” being a potent force to influence the life of a community that must be manifested in a persistent pursuit of Gospel values in the mid of cultural and social challenges, he said.

Many Catholics witness corruption but fail to denounce and curb them. They are overwhelmed by fear of politicians and helplessness in the face of a corrupt political system, he added.

Tirona said faith must be recognized as personal but never private for the Catholic Might to be palpable in the communities. “We will be able to move forward as true soldiers of Christ when we fortify Catholic Might and act as one Church” he added.

He said a Catholic Vote is a free, informed and evangelized vote. When a Catholic casts his/her vote, she/he participates not only in the nation, but in building of God’s kingdom if his/her decision is in accord with the Gospel.*PNA

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