The survey results that you see to the right were included in today's parish bulletin. The Maryland Catholic Conference continues its abominable habit of combining issues of widely varying moral weight into one ambiguous list - ambiguous because it makes the issues appear to have equal moral weight. They don't. Moreover, notice that there is no mention whatsoever about abortion, even though Maryland harbors a late-term baby-killer: Leroy Carhart.
However, the first issue regards an assisted suicide ban. That of course does deal with a non-negotiable issue for one can never be involved in the deliberate taking of innocent human life. That constitutes murder. The second issue is also of immense concern, for that involves our right to practice our Holy Faith. Such practice entails speaking out on moral issues of the day. Those first two columns are key to understanding which candidates would be acceptable. Indeed, between the contenders for each race, the choice is literally between night and daylight.
We see, for instance, that Kathy Szeliga would deserve the votes of faithful Catholics for US Senate whereas Chris Van Hollen would be completely unacceptable. Please don't be fooled by that fourth column, for the MCC, like its national USCCB counterpart, has bought into the progressive lie that open borders is somehow Catholic teaching. It is not. In fact, CatholicVote has a handy list of what does not constitute binding teaching, progressive deceptions notwithstanding.
Note that five of them did not submit a response to the MCC survey. All of these are Democrats - surprise! They are all flaming pro-aborts and one of them, Steny Hoyer, is the current Minority Whip in the House. Please cast your votes for their GOP opponents. Elijah Cummings is another odious incumbent, implicated in several scandals (see here and here).
The list looks rather clear - the GOP candidates by and large are the ones whose positions align with Church teaching regarding the non-negotiable issues. The only race that appears to have candidates of similar viewpoints is that of the First Congressional District (eastern shore). I would have to recommend Andy Harris; he has proven himself as pro-life in the House and we do not want leadership in the House to fall to Democrat hands; we've had enough of Nancy "pope" Pelosi.
November 8 is Election Day. Get out and vote. Past readers understand why I urge a vote for Trump/Pence. These local races are also crucial. Trump can nominate Supreme Court justices but we need a decent Senate to confirm them.