Election year got you down? Don’t despair, Minnesota bishop urges

(October 31, 2016 – Catholic News Agency/EWTN News) 

When Bishop Andrew Cozzens was recently filling up his gas tank, a stranger approached him and said, “Father, I hope you are praying for this country!”

“His sentiment captured what many of us feel about our country, especially regarding the upcoming election. For conscientious Christians, many of us find our nation in a state of crisis,” Bishop Cozzens of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota said in an Oct. 27 column for Catholic Spirit.

“But fear and discouragement ultimately are not real options for us as Christians,” he said, urging his community to trust in the ultimate power of God.

The Minnesota bishop shared his struggles with the upcoming Nov. 8 election, saying that “I find myself in a moral quandary greater than I ever have before.”

But Bishop Cozzens is not alone in this sentiment – many other Catholic bishops have spoken out in this election, including Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who called both major party candidates “problematic.”

Bishop Cozzens laid out his top priorities for a presidential candidate, saying that he wanted to vote for a leader who respected life in all stages, who would protect religious freedom, who would respect immigrants, and ultimately, who could be considered trustworthy.

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