Sunday, September 14, 2008

7 Non-negotiables for Catholic Voters In South Africa and abroad

As our mortal Souls are on the line when we vote, this takes discretion, and luckily Catholic Answers Action, hosted by the Famous Catholic Answers Apolostate, along with the American Church has given us a guide on voting, which we have adopted for widers use (the two additional non-negotiable facts are also in their list, but as additionals for other environments).

The church tells us clearly-

Your soul is onthe line when you vote. 

The Seven (7) Non-Negotiables for South African voters who adhere to the church

The five Non-negotiable for Catholic voters lists 7 issues which are not negotiable for catholics, when all parties with a chance of making a real difference are in support of such issues, the Catholic has the obligation to vote for the party which does less damage.

The issues that cannot be voted for in any circumstance are notable, (c.f. five non-negotiables for references)

  1. These include genocide- the promotion of murder based on political, ideological, or tribal choices, or race. (Promotion of this, or endorsement of those who do is mortal sin).A too wide use of or promotion of the death penalty falls into this, but not a limited death penalty.
  2. Abortion- the intentional killing of unborn children (as is legal in South Africa).
  3. Euthanasia- the killing of those who are old, weak, or sick, often disguised as mercy killing, this is mortal sin.
  4. Embrionic Stem Cell Research, cloning and Genetic Modification- these violate the nature of creation and are labled- playing God- the murder of the cells for this is abortion. 
  5. Human Cloning- this entails murder and playing God.
  6. Anything against Marriage- marriage must be promoted via politics, and public influence by these as the union between one man and one woman.
  7. Contraception- a promotion of a licid atmosphere towards contraception by a political party or candidate- makes them a party not to vote for. Any promoting the arguments for this or abortion as valid, and using means to convince the public that these are valid- cannot be voted for by Catholics.

South African Catholics should take into account that they are required to participate in voting, and that we commit mortal sin by partaking in mortal sin(the mortal sin of promoting intrinsic evil, or not trying to limit the harm of it, we partake in the sins of others by support of their actions, or by not acting against their actions). I.e. We must vote opposition, if the likely party supports these issues, and choose which of these is most in-line with the specifications- especially a firm resolve if they have it against abortion, and a widespread death penalty. Simply wanting a limited death penalty is not sinful, only when it's aim is to reduce crime by fear, and not to in limited circumstances get rid of threats!

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