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Week of January 16, 2006
Catholic voters urged to support life, family
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"We must determine the position of candidates on the first of all human rights: the right to life."
- Catholic Organization for Life and Family
"As we prepare to elect a new government, we must determine the position of candidates on the first of all human rights: the right to life. If this is not respected, should we be surprised that other rights will sooner or later be threatened?"
The letter also describes the family as "under attack," especially through the redefinition of marriage, and says it is urgent to pass on to future generations what God's plan is for marriage and the family.
The COLF letter further warns of the threats to freedom of religion by an "erroneous understanding of the separation of Church and state."
"We are witnessing an obvious effort by some in society who wish to relegate religion to the private lives of citizens," COLF says. "This aggressive secular ideology refuses religion the right to exist in the public square."
The letter urges Catholics to examine all the party platforms with discernment, and get involved in the political process.
"The question for the Catholic voter is: How, in the light of the Gospel, can I use my vote to advance the common good in Canada and throughout the world?"
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