There have been many and varied appeals to religion aimed at perpetuating social discrimination and division in our country. Imminently, the voters in our state will decide whether or not a civil right to marriage will be denied to a minority of our fellow citizens.
The Catholic Bishop of Paris, Kansas, recently provided a rare insight for the Catholic voter: “Catholic social thought isn’t political, you know, it’s spiritual. We live and move and have our being in Love — we’re literally in love — so each of us is connected to all of us and all of us are responsible for each of us. That’s the Catholic principle of solidarity, you know.”
When Catholics enter the polls on Nov. 6, they will have the opportunity to stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers who are seeking fair and equal treatment before the law. Each of them and all of us are created in the image and likeness of the one God. We are one, God’s beloved, sanctified by God’s grace. No exceptions. No exclusions by defining some people out.