The Catholic Voter Seminar: Apply Now

When can Catholics vote for candidates who support abortion?

The next seminar will be on The Catholic Voter, in anticipation of the upcoming general election. Apply now!


about the seminar

This seminar will consider the formation of and relevant questions for the Catholic voter. It will focus on the USCCB document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” seeking to understand the meaning of faithful citizenship through the lens of the bishops’ statement, Church doctrine, and Catholic social teaching. Questions that may come up over the course of the seminar include:

  • Can Catholics vote for candidates who support intrinsically evil acts or policies related to, for example, abortion or euthanasia? What should Catholics do when all possible candidates support intrinsically evil acts or policies?
  • What role does prudence play in voting for Catholics?
  • Is there a hierarchy of political and social goods Catholics should consider when voting?
  • Can Catholics abstain from voting? To what extent is voting a moral responsibility?

Fee: $10 per month

meetings: September 2020 – November 2020 (may change)

Meetings will be discussion-driven. We will meet bi-weekly, most likely on Thursdays at 7pm CT for 60-90 minutes. There will be no more than 15 pages of reading per week.

about you

No particular education, professional background, or political affiliation is required. Just come curious and ready to explore!

the facilitator

Chris Damian received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. and M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas. He was a participant in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program and has been a fellow for the St. Thomas Department of Catholic Studies and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

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