Summit Resident to Lecture on Catholic Voting Block

Douglas A. Sylva, Phd, a church advisor, will speak in Madison this Friday in a talke entitled “Voting and the Responsibility of the Catholic Conscience.”

Who will the Catholics of America vote for in the coming election? St. Paul Inside the Walls Evangelization Center in Madison – part of the Diocese of Paterson – will host a timely lecture explaining the principles which guide Catholic teachings in relation to U.S. laws. “Voting and the Responsibility of the Catholic Conscience,” given by Dr. Douglas A. Sylva.

The free lecture – open to the public – will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12, at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 205 Madison Ave., Madison.

Dr. Sylva will talk about the Presidential race, describing how the Catholic voting bloc in swing states can shift the final outcome. Key campaign issues include: the future of Catholic institutions, religious liberties, and the balance between church and state.

“What is at stake for the Church in this election is her very freedom as an institution,” said Dr. Sylva, senior fellow and member of the board of directors at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).

Dr. Sylva is also an advisor to the Holy See on international human rights issues, serving on various Holy See delegations at the United Nations. He is co-editor of Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Times, The Weekly StandardNational Review and other publications. He holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University.

For more information on St. Paul Inside the Walls, visit: www.insidethewalls.org.

Marion Knott October 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
When I vote I don't vote as the Catholic I am. My views as a Catholic is to be the best person I can be. I want my God to be proud of my love for my fellow man and live every day as that kind of person. Politics have nothing to do with religion. Not one party has the edge on religion. I was lucky enough not to need birth control but I now support those who feel honestly that is the best route for them. I was holier than thou when I was in my earlier years and looked askance on those who practiced birth control and horror of horrors still went up to receive communion. Those people are either dead or in their eighties and have lived a life that God would be proud of. What I am trying to say is that politics are not what drives me to be a better Catholic. I know who I am going to vote for and never once has religion influenced me in that regard.
Eddie Messier October 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Marion, What a sad commentary on your 'Catholic' faith. Did Jesus' belief influence how he acted and how he spoke. Because people of your generation failed to pass on the faith we have 30% of people in their 20's and 30's without any moral compass and conscience is reduced to feelings. You are a motivating factor to me to teach my children what God has revealed.
Eddie Messier October 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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