DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     November 12-14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 215

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CARDINAL REFLECTS ON CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM

        CHICAGO, 11 (NE) Last September, the administrative board of the U.S. Bishops' Conference approved a statement on the political issues before the electorate considered in the light of the Catholic faith. As Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, recently noted recalling the document, "cries have gone up" affirming that "the Bishops are not respecting the 'separation' between Church and State."

        In a recent column in the archdiocesan magazine, Cardinal George wrote that "almost automatically, a statement which combines respect for human persons in both their sexual and family life and also in their political and economic life will be a source of puzzlement for those who cannot see the connection between these dimensions of human life."

        "The social teaching of the Church," said the Cardinal, "is a constitutive part of the Gospel, and this latest statement is a useful tool for reflecting on the impact our faith is to have on our economic and political decisions as a body politic. The social teaching is of whole cloth, because all of it is rooted in the understanding of what it means to be human in the light of Jesus' death and resurrection."

        The document, issued some weeks ago, stated among other things that every "candidate, policy and political platform should be measured by how they touch the human person; whether they enhance or diminish human life and dignity." Cardinal George stated that,"As Catholics - read the statement- we need to share our values, raise our voices, and use our votes to shape a society which protects human life, promotes family life, pursues social justice and practices solidarity."


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November 12-14, 1999       volume 10, no. 215
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