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Monday, October 24, 2016
Bishops' Conference advice on June elections
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¬†The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales issued the following statement this morning, after their Spring meeting. At the time of the General Election in 1996, we published The Common Good in which we spoke of our concern over 'a weakening of the sense of mutual responsibility and a decline in the spirit of solidarity ≠ the crumbling of the cement that binds individuals into a society'. Since that time, the world has become more divided and more dangerous. We encourage Catholics to keep this in mind when participating in the European and local elections taking place on 10 June this year. In deciding how to vote, they may want to consider the following: We live in a time when ethnic and religious tensions threaten local communities and whole regions of the wider world. Candidates and political parties which seek to foster these divisions should not be supported. We must look instead for political leadership that is committed to healing divisions, bridging differences and creating truly inclusive community. We welcome and join our own voice with the recent statements of other Christian churches which have condemned the policies of racist political parties as incompatible with the Christian Gospel. Source: CCS
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