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Commission urges vote based on Gospel values


Brisbane archdiocese's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is urging Catholic voters to use Gospel values in deciding how they will vote in Saturday's Queensland state election.

The Commission says they should also see their vote as the first step in a daily responsibility to infuse the social, political and economic affairs of Queensland with the spirit of the Gospel.

Executive officer Peter Arndt said Catholics should be 'faithful citizens' who bring the vision of Jesus to bear on every aspect of society.

"There is a common belief that religion and politics have nothing to do with each other, and that is right in terms of the Church not giving its support to one political party or another," Mr Arndt said.

"But Catholic teaching says that the Gospel demands that we be active in seeking to bring the life-giving, liberating vision of Jesus to bear on political decisions.

"Our Church's Catechism states clearly that 'to intervene directly in the political structuring and organisation of social life' is 'part of the vocation of the lay faithful."

SOURCE
Vote based on Gospel values (Catholic Leader 1/2/04)

LINKS
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Gospel Values Vote: the First Step for Faithful Citizens (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 26/1/04)
ABC Election Coverage - Queensland 2004
Stormy week in Qld election campaign (ABC The World Today 2/2/04)


3 Feb 2004