.- A former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican released a statement yesterday calling on Catholics to exercise âresponsible citizenshipâ and take their Catholic values with them to the voting booth Nov. 2.
âAs Americans, we find ourselves at a political and moral crossroads,â said Raymond Flynn. âThe values that once defined this nation as the great âcity on a hillâ are being increasingly undermined amidst the unprecedented cultural war in which we are currently engaged.â
The popular three-term mayor of Boston challenged the lack of participation of Catholics in the public sphere and in defending their values and heritage.
âWhere are we as a nation when the very symbols of Americaâs founding principles are being removed from our schools and courthouses?â he asked. âWhen our elected officials mention promoting âtraditional valuesâ or a âculture of lifeâ, they are accused of âinjecting their personal faithâ into public office and ridiculed. â¦Will we continue to allow our nationâs values and heritage to be stripped away from us?â
Flynn said it is vital for Catholics to continue to take a lead role in these finals days, leading up to Election Day. He pointed out that Catholics represent the largest voting bloc at 25 percent.
âWe need men of competence and integrity,â he said, âwho understand and support the traditional values of our nation: God, Country, and Family.â
He encouraged Catholics in the final week to become informed on issues related to the election â if they have not yet done so â and the Catholic position on such issues through the numerous voterâs guides that are available.