Leading Philippine bishop examines voting in light of the Ten Commandments; for example, in view of “Thou shall not kill” it is a grave sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate
Not applicable in the USA where the USCCCP’s statement Faithful Citizenship says things such as in section 35: “There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position [such as on abortion] may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons [such as amnesty/expedited citizenship for illegal immigrants, a higher minimum wage, more welfare spending, et alii of the liberal agenda]”
Catholic World News – April 08, 2016
The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said that “a Catholic voter commits a grave sin in voting for candidates who oppose the Lord’s teachings on the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.”
Archbishop Socrates Villegas made this statement in a pastoral letter to his flock in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
As the May 9 elections approach, the prelate examined voting in light of each of the Ten Commandments [complete text in comment below]. Commenting on the First Commandment, he said, “Do not vote for an atheist or for someone who makes fun of the name of God. A Catholic cannot support a candidate who vows to wipe out religion from public life.”
“You are called to be authentic Catholic voters who decide from prayer and conscience,” he continued. “Be free from the tyranny and pressure of trends and herds. Do it right! Choose what is right according to the Ten Commandments.”