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Isn’t the Church supposed to stay out of politics?

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It is quite the opposite. Humans are political by nature. We need to work with one another to flourish, not only in our families, our neighborhoods and communities, but in all of our relationships. Our faith calls us to be concerned both for the good of this world and for our eternal salvation, which are intimately connected. We will find our way to heaven only by finding our journey of faith in this world.

Pope Francis writes of an “integral ecology” (Laudato Si', nos. 137-55) and the U.S. bishops note in Forming Consciences for a Faithful Citizenship that “Without the proper ordering of relationships of persons with each other, with creation, and ultimately with God himself, sin takes hold. Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals, nations and members of the global community have the duty to place the needs of others ahead of selfish desires to possess and exploit the good things that come from God's hand.” (Introductory Note) It is our moral duty as Catholics to be involved in all aspects of society, including its civic and political dimensions.=

Our redemption has a social dimension because ‘God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person, but also … social relations.’ To believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in everyone means realizing that he seeks to penetrate every human situation and all social bonds… Accepting the first proclamation, which invites us to receive God's love and to love him in return with the very love which is his gift, brings forth in our lives and actions a primary and fundamental response: to desire, seek and protect the good of others” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 178).

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