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The Church of the Holy Spirit
P.O. Box 879
18218 W. Highway 54
Goddard, Ks. 67052
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Bishop Kemme writes about casting our ballots Nov. 4
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Next Tuesday, Nov. 4, is a very important day in our nation. It is Election Day. On this day, we are asked as citizens to exercise our civic duty and elect those people we feel in good conscience will represent our values in our civil society. As your bishop, I want to encourage you to vote. Your vote is your voice. Do not neglect to speak your voice by voting conscientiously and seriously for those candidates you consider as best representing you and the community in which we live.
I want to encourage you to vote as Catholics. What does this mean? It means we enter into the voting booth equipped with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the consistent and clear teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. As such, we hold dear and recognize some fundamental truths that have shaped our lives and which we believe will always promote the common good for our diverse and pluralistic society. The first truth is the dignity of all life, from the moment of conception until natural death. This is our first and most foundational principle and upon which all other rights and duties stand. When this is denied to the most defenseless and the most vulnerable, we must speak and we must act. We do so best by voting for candidates who share this truth and value as self evident and non-negotiable. I for one could never vote for a candidate who waffled on the issue of life because so much is at stake in this matter.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme
The Gospel and the Church also teach us the true nature of marriage, as created and ordered by God between one man and one woman, for the building up the human family. Marriage, as we know it, is radically being redefined by forces intent on "equality." The Church opposes such efforts because of the fact that God created marriage for the human person, not the other way around, and because God gave us this institution for the sake of a stable and sustaining society, so that children would be raised by both their parents, a mother and a father.
The Gospel and our consistent teaching and proclamation of it recognize the importance of justice and charity, taking into account the vulnerable, the poor, and the marginalized, who are often at the mercy of the powerful and the rich. If we think only of ourselves and our own needs and do not consider the rights of the poor and the less fortunate, we cannot really call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ. Our vote must also be a voice for them.
Finally, we promote and cherish religious freedom as a right given to us by God and protected by the society in which we find ourselves - that all of us have the right to worship and serve God, in the freedom of our conscience, as we best determine for ourselves. If this right is denied, the very bedrock of our society is at stake.
Of course, we are all concerned about the economy and the creation of jobs, which help the society to run more efficiently and to foster growth and productivity, but if this is all we are concerned about, then we are not considering the deeper tenets of the faith we profess. I urge you to give equal if not greater consideration to the life, freedom, justice, and marriage issues that confront us in our day and time.
I recognize that in these matters, there are no "perfect" candidates. Some will have more to say about the economy, education, or immigration; others more to say about the matters that should also concern us in terms of our faith and the practice of it. No one says or promotes it all. So, we have to use our best judgment, prudently, diligently and seriously reviewing each candidate's stand on the critical issues that face our turbulent times. Then we have to choose and stand behind our choice of the ones our conscience has cleared as worthy of our vote. This is our duty as faithful citizens.
May I ask that you consider watching the four videos produced by the four bishops of the State of Kansas regarding the key issues I have spoken of, namely, the issues of marriage, justice for the oppressed in the form of usury, the dignity of human life from conception until natural death, and the attacks on religious liberty. I believe they will give you much to consider and reflect on as you prepare to vote. Those videos are available here.
It is not my charge or purview to tell you how to vote or for whom to vote. You must decide that for yourself. I can and will highly encourage you to do the research, to look into the candidates who present themselves for office and then to make a prudent and wise choice. If we do, then we can rest assured that we have done our best. Then we must pray and leave it all in God's hands.
Thank you for reading these words and most of all thank you for being faithful in your duty as citizens of the United States by going to vote. God bless you and God bless the United States of America
Bishop Carl Kemme
Bishop of Wichita
CREATOR GOD, YOURS IS THE VOICE THAT TEACHES US HOLINESS. AS WE EMBARK UPON THIS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, WE ASK FOR THE STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE AS WE BUILD UPON OUR FOUNDATION. HELP US TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN AND GRANT US THE COURAGE TO MOVE FORWARD FERVENTLY TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. MAY THESE PROJECTS PROVE TO BE SYMBOLS OF OUR LOVE FOR YOU AND LOVE OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE ASK THAT THESE PROJECTS HELP US TO BETTER KNOW, LOVE, AND SERVE YOU AND OUR NEIGHBOR. MAY WE BE OPEN TO YOUR WILL, O LORD, AND ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE US TOWARD THE FUTURE. AMEN
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