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British bishops: Life, marriage, migration among 5 most important election issues

Catholic World News - March 31, 2010

Nearly a month after English and Welsh bishops published their pre-election statement “Choosing the Common Good,” the bishops have issued a list of five issues and questions that they believe will help voters “form a better idea of how far any particular candidate will be addressing the needs of the common good.”

The five questions are:

  • What does respect for life mean to you? Do all lives have the same value? Older people and the infirm … the severely disabled … the unborn?
  • What will you do for marriage and the family? What practical measures will you take to encourage and support stable family life and the institution of marriage?
  • What beliefs and values underpin your approach to migration? And how will you show them in practice?
  • What do you think is our responsibility to the poor, in this country and overseas? What is our responsibility to safeguard and protect the environment?
  • What do you think is the place of religion in society?
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