I wish to respond to Mr. Kelly’s opinion piece last week entitled “Conundrums For Catholic Voters.” He asks a question, (directed to our Bishop McElroy), why we as Catholic voters should not focus on a single issue such as abortion when choosing a candidate. And, in reply to a statement by the bishop that we Catholics must vote our consciences, which bishop describes as “the voice of God which lies deep within each of us,” Mr Kelly wonders “if God has the same recommendations for each of us regarding how to vote.”

One of the best ways of learning what God recommends is searching Scripture. In Mt. 22, when the Lord is asked what is the greatest commandment, His answer is anything but single issue: “Love your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind.” The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Lord shares His standards of a true Christian in Mt.25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me.... I tell you most solemnly, in so far as you did it to the least among you, you did it to Me.”

This is one Catholic who does not share Mr. Kelly’s “conundrum.”

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