Ministers Have a ‘Pastoral Duty’ to Register Voters, Says Conservative Catholic Priest

Pastors need to register voters to make a change in this world, Father Frank Pavone said on the Todd Starnes Show Wednesday.

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Host Todd Starnes said many evangelical megachurches have disengaged from the culture wars.

“They are not involved in politics, and I think that’s one of the reasons, and let me know if I’m off base here, but I think that’s one of the reasons we’re facing such chaos in the culture right now,” Starnes said.

Should churches be involved in politics?

Pavone agreed, pointing to when he was urging other clergy to fight the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

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“I said to the pastors, ‘so many of you have not wanted to get involved in the battle in politics.’ I said, ‘but we’re facing a fierce enemy, and so you didn’t want to take the battle out into the public square, so now they took the battle to you,'” Pavone explained.

“And this is what the pastors have to understand,” Pavone said. “The Democrat Party, if you look at their platform and some of their other writings, it’s a systemic problem in the party. It’s not just about this or that candidate or Biden or Harris. It’s systemic to the party where they look at religious freedom as discrimination. That’s exactly how they describe it…they want to snuff out the voice of the church. And that’s one of the reasons that the church has to step up to the plate and get engaged.”

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The national director of Priests for Life said registering to vote is not a political activity but a pastoral one.

“Why is it pastoral? Because you’re equipping the people of God to go out into society and make a difference the way the Lord Jesus commands us to do,” Pavone said. “You’re don’t have to direct them to, you’re not telling a register with this party or that party. You’re telling them register, take part in the public process informed by the Word of God and make a change in the world. That’s a pastoral activity. That’s not primarily a political activity.”


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