Following the Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Bishops have actively called for all people to “engage with the election and vote”.
The Bishops begin by highlighting that the General Election that takes place on 12th December 2019 is “profoundly important to the United Kingdom”. In an appeal to those involved in the election campaign the Bishops highlight the need for honesty and integrity on the campaign trail.
The statement concentrates on the key issues that all people are invited to engage with their local parliamentary candidates to make an informed judgement in how to vote. “The test of any policy should be its impact upon human dignity, particularly for the most disadvantaged in our society”. The Bishops ask people to consider carefully the following issues:
- The innate dignity of every human being; defending both the child in the womb, the good of the mother and an understanding of the immeasurable good of a child not yet born?
- The dignified care for those who are terminally ill and dying while resisting the false compassion of assisted suicide or euthanasia?
- The needs of those who are frequently neglected or discarded by society such as people with disabilities, Travellers, older people, those who are homeless, those in prison and those trapped in modern slavery?
- The process of integration of migrants and refugees who have made their homes here, challenging the global rise of xenophobia and racism that is so radically incompatible with our faith?
- The rights of those in our own communities and overseas who “can see no end to the tunnel of extreme poverty,” providing them with assistance and confronting the structural injustices that compound their suffering?
- Care for our common home and tackle the climate emergency which threatens the future of our entire human family and is already having a profound impact upon the world’s poorest people?
- Freedom of religion and belief, ensuring that everyone has the right to exercise their conscience and practise their creed freely without fear?
- The cherishing of marriage, recognising the essential place of the family in the service of life and of society?
- The right of parents to educate their children in accordance with their faith and support the work of Catholic schools in their contribution to society and their promotion of the common good?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2240 states that it is “morally obligatory” to exercise the right to vote. The Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales invites us to exercise this right in an informed manner; in good conscience. To read the full statement please use the button below.