Thursday, October 28, 2010
CatholicTV.com Video Series Prepares Catholics For Voting
In preparation for upcoming mid-term elections, CatholicTV.com, the CatholicTV iPhone app, and CatholicTV now feature a video series called “Catholic Citizenship”. These videos are based on a letter written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Catholic Citizenship videos follow the format of the Bishops’ letter “Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship”.
This document addresses relevant questions such as “Who in the Church Should Participate in Political Life?, What Does the Church Say About Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square?”, and more. The document also addresses specific issues such as human life and social justice.
The Catholic Citizenship videos can be viewed now by using the following link: http://www.CatholicTV.com/catholic-faith.
These videos also air currently on CatholicTV cable. Hosted by Fr. David O’Leary, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and Chaplain at Tufts University the Catholic Citizenship videos currently air between various programs on CatholicTV.
In one of the Catholic Citizenship videos, Fr. O’Leary insists that Catholics need to properly understand the meaning of separation of Church and state- namely that “ the separation clause means that religious institutions should not expect favoritism, nor should any church or faith group accept discrimination from the government. The purpose of the separation clause is not to silence the religious voice or to deny a public role for the religious voice. The separation clause guarantees the freedom of the church or any spiritual group to earn its way into the public policy debate by demonstrating the wisdom of its argument.”
More information about the CatholicTV iPhone app can be found at www.carryyourfaith.com