Bishops aim to shape political consciences

Voting choices "may affect the individual's salvation"
One year before next November’s national elections, U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved new moral guidelines for Catholic voters that prioritize ending abortion and warn that political choices could affect a person’s salvation.

The guidelines were approved November 14 in Baltimore by a vote of 221-4 during the semiannual assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishops have issued the election-year guidelines every four years since 1976, and with candidates from both parties currently making “faith outreach’’ to voters a top priority, the bishops took pains to stake out their own role.


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