Our Cherished Right – Our Solemn Duty

N.Y. bishops urge voters to vote and to vote “through the lens of faith.”

Primacy of life issues outweigh other voter concerns on moral grounds, life being the foundation of our very existence.  First life, then it’s supports.

As religious leaders, we urge you to exercise your right and solemn duty to vote on Election Day.

+ Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
+Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
+Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
+Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
+ Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
+Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse
+Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
+William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre


Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty

By the Catholic Bishops of New York State

We Catholics are called to look at politics as we are called to look at everything – through the lens of our faith. While we are free to join any political party that we choose or none at all, we must be cautious when we vote not to be guided solely by party loyalty or by self interest. Rather, we should be guided in evaluating the important issues facing our state and nation by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church.
Our national and state elected officials have profound influence on countless matters of great importance, such as the right to life, issues of war and peace, the education of children and how we treat the poor and vulnerable. We must look at all of these issues as we form our consciences in preparation for Election Day. Continue reading