“Catholics in the Political Process – What’s a Catholic Vote?" An Evening of Adult Faith Formation
Join Deacon Larry Vaclavik on October 22nd at 7:00pm at Cathedral Centre, as he breaks open "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States."
In this two-hour presentation and discussion, Deacon Larry will address topics of the day including: the relationship of Church and state, religious freedom, citizenship as a virtue, political responsibility, and prudence in voting. Additionally key debates of our day from healthcare to immigration to jobs and the economy will be addressed in the context of Catholic social doctrine.
The intersection of the Catholic faith and American politics has been a challenge since the earliest days of the United States. From school board and city council to presidential elections, Catholics often ask “how should I vote?” “How can my faith help me make the best choices as I enter the ballot box?” As elections near in November 2012, Catholics are weighing choices about the best candidates, the right platforms and optimal public policies.
In today’s political environment, civility is often put aside in favor of the sheer force of will and argument. We are challenged to answer what constitutes the best society, what public policies will most reaffirm the dignity of each human person, how should our faith guide us in a nation which splits so easily between Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Independent? These are the questions that Catholic Social Doctrine addresses.
About the Presenter: Deacon Vaclavik serves at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Houston. For over a decade, he has served as an adjunct lecturer in moral theology and Catholic social doctrine at the Graduate School of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He earned master’s degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America and theology from the University of St. Thomas.