In exactly 99 days our country will go to the polls to elect a new government. This means we have just over three months to reflect, engage and pray. If there is one thing we can be sure of, it’s that the direction of our country will be shaped by the decisions made on 7 May.
Who you vote for at an election is a personal and private decision, and as people of faith we have a responsibility to pray for and question those who represent us on the issues that stand at the heart of the Gospel. Thousands of you have already successfully contacted party leaders and MPs to ask them to tackle climate change for the sake of creation and our global neighbours.
When we speak out together as a Catholic community we have a louder voice. This is why we are joining CSAN, the domestic social action agency of the Catholic Church, to ask questions of parliamentary candidates at a time when they want to hear about the issues that matter most to you.
Whether you are attending hustings meetings where candidates debate and answer your questions, or responding to canvassers on your doorstep, the 2015 election offers us an opportunity to speak out against injustice with a united voice.
Faith in action
We believe that every individual is made in the image and likeness of God, with inherent dignity and worth. Regardless of where they live, everyone has the right to a life free from poverty.
The Chairs of Trustees for CAFOD and CSAN, Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Terence Drainey, have said together:
“At a general election we are asked to think about the world we want to live in. As Catholics, we are called to speak up for the poorest and most vulnerable people at home and abroad. CAFOD and CSAN are asking supporters to reflect and act on some pressing challenges that we face both in the UK and around the world.
“We hope you will embrace this opportunity to reflect, act and pray during this important time and we wish you every grace and blessing.”
In your election guide you will find stories of the people affected by poverty at home and abroad, as well inspiration from Catholic Social Teaching and our Church leaders, which will ground your action in the values of our faith. You’ll find a how-to and top tips for asking questions to parliamentary candidates ahead of the election. We’ve even created a pocket-sized card listing four helpful questions to keep by your front door when candidates come knocking.
Please let us know which election questions you asked and to whom, so that we can follow up on your great work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These resources are to assist you should you wish to engage local parliamentary candidates ahead of the general election, not to influence voters for or against a particular party, candidate or category of candidates.