And it begins: I emailed Bill Allen. He is listed as a volunteer for the Oregon Catholic Conference www.archdpdx.org (OCC). He was the only contact. Bishop Peter Smith was listed as Secretary/Tresurer.
Here is the response.
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 1:27 PM
To: Allen, Bill
I was wondering if there was anything from the Archdiocese to help Oregon Catholics who to vote for President this election?
There are certain things that Catholics need from the Archdiocese to make a decision.
The "seamless garment" thought/heresy as it makes giving money to the less fortunate as critical as abortion a child.
The Peace and Justice Ministry is pushing this "heresy" in equating some issues that are not the issues of abortion and euthanasia in protecting our brothers and sisters against.
Please let me know if there is any movement at all. Maybe I'm just missing something.
Thank you for your e-mail.
The U.S. Bishops recently revised the document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”. The document lays out the primary principles that Catholics should consider when voting. You can find it online, along with other good resources at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-
and-action/faithful- citizenship/ .
Please let me know if you have additional questions.
In the peace of Christ,
Special Ministries of the Archbishop
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Representative, Oregon Catholic Conference
Having more questions I continued:
Thanks for getting back to me. Just for point of inquiry, are you telling me that there is no Oregon Catholic Conference and that you and Matt Cato are the only ones that speak for the OCC and not Bill Allen or Bishop Smith?
The Faithful Citizenship info on the USCCB website is very confusing. Wouldn't it be better to mention on "our" website the guidelines of not voting for intrinsic evils of abortion or euthanasia? Feeding the hungry are not equal with these, even if there was a candidate, let's say, for President.
Pointing out those qualities of each party would be very helpful since people's souls are a stake. Don't you agree?
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Here is his response. Many people have said that Matt Cato as agent had a "seamless garment" attitude and paraphrasing an Oregon Catholic, Matt Cato said regarding the Life issues, "Oregon Right to Life can do the life issues". Just ask him about them he is totally "Peace and Justice". The "Life" was added, in my opinion the make pro-lifers, "feel good". And also save money. We need transparency and justice for the pro-lifers. But I digress.
Since Todd Cooper and Matt Cato are agents of the Bishops, he continues:
The Oregon Catholic Conference is made up of the bishops in Oregon, including Archbishop Sample, Bishop Cary, and Bishop Smith. I serve as representative of the OCC. Matt Cato is on the OCC advisory committee. Bill Allen works as a volunteer, assisting me with the work of the OCC and with other projects. It is the bishops who speak for the OCC. The rest of us serve as their agents.
Regarding the information on the USCCB website, if you find it confusing, I recommend reading in its entirety the recently revised edition of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The document lays out the principles by which Catholics can form their consciences and faithfully exercise their political responsibility. This includes voting in good conscience.
A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who supports a policy that promotes intrinsic evil – if the voter’s intent is to support that position. At the same time, a Catholic should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference to other important moral issues related to human life and dignity.
The challenge for Catholics is to allow their Catholic faith to inform their politics. In the case of many, it is their politics that inform their Catholic faith.
The Church respects freedom of conscience. The US bishops do not tell Catholics which candidates or parties to support. They simply give guidelines that help Catholics develop a well-formed conscience so that they can make well informed decisions and participate responsibly in political life.
Hope these thoughts are helpful.
In the peace of Christ,
Oregon Catholic Conference
The response will be posted soon. Any comments from you would be welcome.