Thursday, August 13, 2020

Statement of H.H-Em. Archfather Rutherford I on the Upcoming United States Presidential Election

FLORENCE-NEW ROME 12 August 2020 (ORCNS) 

Statement of H.H-Em. Archfather Don Rutherford I
on the Upcoming United States Presidential Election

The people of the United States are again at the time to elect a new President. Such decisions necessarily have a moral component, and faithful Christians must be guided first and foremost by their faith as they cast their ballot. This election in the United States raises many significant moral questions on indeed a global scale. Although the choice of president and other government officials of a particular country necessarily impacts that country and the people of that country, the size and wealth of the United States at present is such that its decisions and its actions influence much of the world. That is also true about a presidential election. Faithful Christians must bear in mind the influence of their vote for President on the people who live within the United States, and also all the people who live around the world, for we are indeed all united in Christ, no matter where we live.

This particular presidential election contains a significant number of grave moral issues. Those issues cannot be laid aside, and Christians place their very souls in peril for all eternity if they lay aside their Christian faith when casting a vote for president.

The Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for a candidate who supports, particularly openly and unapologetically, the grave mortal sin of abortion. The right to life is the most essential of all rights, for all other rights have is a necessary precondition to exercise them that one is alive. Furthermore, the Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for a candidate who does not respect the sovereignty of Our Holy Mother the Church, for that right comes not from the state, but from Almighty God. Additionally, the Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for candidate who espouses the principles of Marxism, whether in the form of communism or socialism, or who embraces and promotes secularism. Indeed, no Christian may vote for a candidate who espouses or promotes the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. 

It has often been asked what one should do if both major candidates are flawed on those and other major issues. Given that the American system is such that it is almost inevitable that one or the other of the major candidates will win, under the principle of proportionate reason, one should vote for the candidate who will do the least harm. Ultimately this becomes a matter of one’s personal conscience. It is always advisable to seek guidance from one’s personal spiritual advisor.

You will be held accountable for your actions, and that is certainly true regarding the upcoming United States presidential election. Those who shirk the duty entrusted to them remove themselves from the saving graces of the sacraments of Our Holy Mother the Church until such time as they are duly contrite and properly reconciled.

The responsibility is yours, and your actions have consequences, not only for yourself, but for other people. Elections must be used to help establish the peace and justice of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the land. That is the responsibility of the Christian faithful on the American election day, as well as each and every other day.