March 26, 2012

Catholics have a duty to bring faith-inspired convictions to politics, and they can never allow politics to trump principles articulated by the bishops in their role as official teachers, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Informed political action is a charism of the laity, he said in a talk March 3 in Hicksville, N.Y.

Dolan said Catholic involvement in the public square is based on Catholic social teaching, which articulates bedrock principles and the actions that logically follow from them.

"We root for the underdog in Catholic social justice," he said.