Voters urged not to sit on sidelines
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
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MADISON -- This election year, Catholics may find it difficult to choose candidates and be tempted not to vote.

However, failure to vote would not be in keeping with Catholic teaching, which emphasizes that faithful citizens should be involved in the political process.

That’s what Barbara Sella told those gathered recently at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison for her presentation, “Be Catholic First: Tools for Discerning as We Approach Election 2016.”

Sella is associate director for respect life and social concerns for the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC), the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops.

Role to play

Faithful citizens “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines,” she said in quoting Pope Francis. “We have an actual role to play in the politics of our nation.”

Sella said, “The Church emphasizes that our choices have to be grounded in moral principles, and we have to use our prudential judgment based on the values of our faith.

“Forming our conscience is the first step. But we have to form it in line with the teachings of the Church.”

The role of the Church itself is as a “teaching institution.” The bishops and priests teach the laity. “We are the doers,” Sella emphasized.

“The bishops and priests rely on the expertise of lay people.”

Key principles

This year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is emphasizing four key principles in its materials on Faithful Citizenship (see


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Feeding the hungry in downtown Madison
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- On June 4 of this year, volunteers with Pro Labore Dei (PLD)-Madison chapter served their 100,000th meal to homeless people in downtown Madison. As of September 17, the number of meals served passed 103,000, according to Jim Flad, local PLD coordinator.

“In this Year of Mercy, we are grateful and thankful to God for choosing us to be His hands and legs here in Madison,” said Flad.

Sauk City area observes 40 Days for Life
Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

SAUK CITY -- St. Aloysius Church and School at Divine Mercy Parish are joining pro-life efforts in Madison and around the world this fall.

From September 28 to November 6, Madison and surrounding communities are uniting with the largest pro-life mobilization in history -- the international 40 Days for Life campaign happening in a record number of cities in all 50 states and 23 countries.


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