Why The Church Does Not Take Sides on Candidates
Please see the link below for the full statement of Miami Archbishop John Favalora. He responds to a stunt organized by a right wing group to have ministers endorse political candidates from the pulpit in order to win a change in the IRS rules prohibiting using church funds for political campaigns.
The Archbishop writes "When church leaders speak on issues such as immigration, poverty, health care, abortion, war or embryonic stem cell research, we are not telling people how to vote. We are reminding them of the moral teachings that should inform their lives, and as a result, their votes."
He said the church "will speak in support of legislation that we consider to be morally sound and beneficial to the whole community" regardless of party or candidate.
"That is our duty as teachers and successors of the apostles," he said.
"Your duty as Catholics is to listen to those teachings before making rational, informed, conscientious decisions regarding whom or what to vote for."