If all the Christians refuse to vote then that type of law could be promulgated.
Why is voting obligatory?
“It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society….”(2) As the Second Vatican Council taught, “every citizen ought to be mindful of his duty to promote the common good by using his vote.”(3) We are not obliged to vote for the sake of voting but to vote in a way that we think will make our country better for all Canadians.
I guess if vatican 2 says to vote I better do the opposite?
What if I cannot find a suitable candidate?
While it is always wrong to ‘do evil that good may come of it’ (Cf. Rom 3:
– and therefore wrong to support a candidate who fails to uphold the right to life and the good of marriage and the family – it is not wrong to limit evil that good may come of it. That is, we cannot do something wrong just because it may lead to a good outcome, but we can work to limit something wrong being done in order to lead to a good outcome.
Thus, if no candidate upholds the right to life and the rights of the family, we can still exercise our responsibility to vote. We can vote for the candidate who is the least hostile to the right to life and to the family – and limit the harm that worse candidates might do.
In the words of one theologian, “At times, the voter can do no better than make a choice of the lesser of two or more evils…. He must choose the group or individual who, everything considered, is the most favourable to faith and morals or is the least hostile.”(13)
To quote another theologian, “It is sinful to vote for the enemies of religion or liberty, except to exclude a worse candidate….”(14)
When no truly good option is given to voters, we are then forced to use our vote to ensure the least objectionable outcome.