Catholic leaders urge faithful to vote in Britain’s July 4 elections

Catholics in Britain are being called to be “willing to get involved and vote” when general elections are held for Parliament on July 4.

Jun 15, 2024

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak buys breakfast for the travelling media as he arrives at a railway station for a Conservative general election campaign event in the South West of England, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Credit: Alastair Grant/AP Photo, Pool.)


By Charles Collins
Catholics in Britain are being called to be “willing to get involved and vote” when general elections are held for Parliament on July 4.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, issued a video saying the opportunity to vote in a general election is a “privilege.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the election, May 22, with his Conservative Party looking like it will fall to the Labour Party after being in power for 14 years.

In a statement released after the prime minister’s announcent, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said during the six-week election season, Catholics will be “seeking answers which will help the poor, the marginalised, and the vulnerable.”

While admitting Christians can have a different way of looking at politics, the bishops listed several major areas people should be looking at before they vote.

The Bishops’ Conference issued a statement listing several elements voters should be looking at before they cast their ballot: Criminal Justice; domestic poverty, family life and taxation; education; environment; international relations, human rights and peacebuilding; life issues; and migration.

In his statement, Nichols said voters want to know what their candidates will think and say on their behalf when they get into Parliament.

“I would like to put forward a theme for us all to think about. How do we seek to construct a society in which families can flourish? That’s the bedrock – many positive things flow from that,” the cardinal said.

“I ask you to look at these resources, explore them, become a bit more familiar with them so that when it comes to July 4, you’ve got in your mind what you want to see the next government strive to achieve,” he continued.

“My view is that our next government should strive to create the circumstances in which families can flourish. So please get ready to vote on July 4,” Nichols said. --Crux Now

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