St Frances Xavier Cabrini

Better late than never.

  1. If I was eligible, did I vote.
  2. Did I vote on local races and referenda in addition to the Presidential race?
  3. Did I encourage others to vote?
  4. Did I vote even though I was not eligible?
  5. Did I participate in any other way in election fraud, or condone or excuse election fraud?
  6. Did I evaluate the candidates fairly, on the basis of their experience, character and stated positions, and without regard to race, gender or accusations of the opposition?
  7. Did I give due weight to the non-negotiable life issues: abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning and same-sex marriage?
  8. Did I give due weight to questions of prudential judgement in domestic and foreign policy?
  9. Did I evaluate platforms and proposals in the light of what is known in economics, science, American and world history?
  10. Did I allow myself to be swayed by vague platitudes or nice-sounding slogans?
  11. Did I vote from selfish motives, hoping to benefit from a promised entitlement, tax break or earmark?
  12. Did I bear false witness against any candidate? Did I delight in or help to propagate unfounded rumors and scandal against a candidate or his or her family?
  13. Did I lie about, or uncritically accept lies about a candidate’s policies.
  14. Did I mock a candidate’s race, gender or disability?
  15. Have I accepted the victory or defeat of my favored candidates in the spirit of humility and Christian charity?
  16. Do I pledge to continue living the Faith in public life?
  17. Did I go to Starbucks for my free coffee?

For what it’s worth, I’m glad the Bishops are meeting in Baltimore this year, and not just because it’s my home town. Baltimore is, after all, the Mother Diocese and deserves that pride of place. I’m sure it’s cheaper than Washington, too, and at a safe remove from the civil capital. I sometimes feel that having the USCCB headquarters in D.C. is an uncomfortable accommodation to Mammon.